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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Greater London, United Kingdom

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While in London, combine an iconic British tradition with a unique sightseeing excursion on an afternoon tea cruise. Spend a luxurious time enjoying a unique dining experience with family and friends on the Thames River. As you cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, indulge in tea, freshly prepared cakes, and sandwiches, and view London’s great landmarks including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the London Eye.
  • Cruise through the heart of London, from Tower Pier to Westminster
  • See legendary London landmarks including the London Eye and the Shard
  • Sip on a cup of tea, and enjoy a selection of British cakes, scones, and sandwiches
  • Visit the onboard bar to purchase more drinks, if you wish
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Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

London, UK

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In the afternoon, head to Tower Pier in central London to board the teatime cruise along the Thames River. Find your seat in the cozy indoor saloon and enjoy panoramic views of the city shoreline as your cruise begins.

Heading west from Tower Pier, first pass the mystery-laden Tower of London and the monolithic Shard building, a 95-story pyramid of glass. Continue on to Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a stunning Elizabethan playhouse with running performances, and the towering London Eye. Along the South Bank, see a medley of buskers, locals, and tourists meandering on the bustling pedestrian path. Your cruise loops at Westminster, for great views of the Houses of Parliament before heading back east.

As you cruise, indulge in British culinary delights like scones spread with jam and spoonfuls of cream, finger sandwiches, cakes, and unlimited tea and coffee. For an added treat, order a glass of bubbly (own expense) from the onboard bar. After tea, feel free to wander the open-air deck as you arrive back at Tower Pier. 
Stop At:  
City Cruises London Tower Pier
Board at Tower Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before you departure time
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tower of London
board at Tower Pier which is within touching distance of the Tower of London
Pass By:  
London Eye
Head to the upper deck and get the perfect picture opportunity of the Coca- Cola London Eye
Pass By:  
Tower Bridge
Pass under Tower Bridge and head to the upper deck to see the bridge in all of its glory
Pass By:  
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will appear on your left as you head down to towards Greenwich
Pass By:  
The Shard
As you cruise along the River Thames you will be in the perfect position to see London's highest viewing platform
Pass By:  
HMS Belfast
Sail past the permanently moored former battleship, which is now a floating Royal Naval Museum
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St. Paul's Cathedral
Catch the peak of the St Paul's Cathedral dome where it will stand out from the rest of London's Skyline
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place. When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call us after booking.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
What is the social distancing policy during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
What is the maximum group size during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Those who arrive last are seated furthest from the wall and served food and tea last, so definitely recommend arriving early." See review
  • "It's a very nice cruise to take if you want just a laid back and have tea in a boat." See review
  • "lovely to set off in bright at 3.30, take in all the sites and return as darkness feel and all light up .. magical in NovEMBER" See review


176 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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birthday treat
, Jun 2021
the boat was good the cream tea was nice and the staff were nice and was good value for the moey and the weather was lovely as well
A must do
, Jun 2021
The staff were very accommodating and could make any cocktail you wanted! We needed one more extra seat but the tickets were sold out, but they were happy to oblige. The views were stunning, there was plenty of space downstairs in the indoor part and upstairs on the deck. The tour was interesting and the food was delicious.
Enjoyable afternoon on the river.
, Jun 2021
Staff very polite and helpful throughout the cruise. Food very well presented. The boat was top class. A thoroughly enjoyable commentary whilst looking at the sites.
Lovely for a gift!
, Jun 2021
Great trip. The boat was modern and great inside, the food on the afternoon tea was lovely - selection of sandwiches, nice small cakes and scones. You were able to also go up and sit on the top. The staff were great, price was fair. Only fault is we didn’t get a window seat due to covid but still had good views.
A lovely afternoon
, May 2021
This was a brilliant trip and we would definitely recommend it to others! The food was lovely and we saw some of the highlights of London!
, May 2021
It was amazing would highly recommend to everyone Thank you for making it so enjoyable and very well organised
Would recommend
, Aug 2020
Excellent! Was definitely worth booking. Service was brilliant. The boat is very grand. A lovely afternoon out.
Refund required
, Aug 2020
I had issues attending as Mrs was not well. I have asked for a refund but heard nothing. I contacted the city cruise people and they asked me contact Viator. I emailed and have not heard back.
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Definitely recommended!
, Mar 2020
Excellent experience, I’ve had quite a few afternoon tea experiences around London and this one is one of the best! Nice atmosphere, great quantity and quality of sandwiches, scones and other sweet treats
, Jan 2020
Just such a great way to see London from a different perspective. Food was fantastic as well as the staff. Recommend this tour.

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