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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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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Cruise
Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Champagne
Gratuities

Departure Point

London, UK

situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station

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. 
Itinerary
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
Pass By:  
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
A: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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
A: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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Reviews

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217 Reviews

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star-4
A lovely afternoon was...
Anna_K
, Sep 2021
A lovely afternoon was had on the city cruise, Tea and a variety of sandwiches and cakes, views of the land marks on the thames with a comical commentary from the captain. The boat was spacious and comfortable enough. Staff worked hard and offered plenty of tea/coffee refills. We went up on the deck after our tea and the views were spectacular.
star-5
Loved having some tea on the Thames
Amy
, Sep 2021
We had a really great time. At first we were overlooked and weren’t served food. BUT they were incredibly apologetic and gave us a really delicious desert in apology. Would do it again.
star-4
The boat was luxurious...
Paula_L
, Sep 2021
The boat was luxurious and the food was very nice, unlimited tea and coffee. Only thing I wasnt keen on was we were in the middle and not much of a view. Afterwards we did go upstairs and go a wonderful view. It was very relaxing and beautiful weather.
star-4
Fab cruise, fab commentator & fab service but not so fab, the cakes
Johura_H
, Sep 2021
The sandwiches & cakes (especially the cakes) were not great but the view from the top deck, the commentator and the ride was worth the price.
star-5
Splendid tea
Brendan_M
, Sep 2021
Lovely day out with family. The memories you can make and enjoy the Moment. A day to remember and really nice excursion to do.
star-5
Value for money
Sue_S
, Sep 2021
Very organised, no rushing & food lovely. A very nice experience . Commentary was informative . I would recommend
star-5
Lovely
Kayleigh_T
, Sep 2021
Lovely lunch on the river. Was a warm day but they did their best with the air con on the boat. Good and drinks were great. I recommend a Bellini!
star-5
Amazing
Rachel_F
, Aug 2021
I booked the afternoon tea cruise for my boyfriends 40th it was an amazing experience and the afternoon tea was great!! Highly recommend ❤️
star-3
Enjoy
Elaine_C
, Aug 2021
The kid’s throughly enjoyed & then going up onto top deck they loved as first time doing a cruise on the river. Sandwiches good, pastries lovely sadly scone weren’t the best very dry. No option on teas but did ask for Earl grey & eventually was given after asking few times. Captain entertaining
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Over priced
Emma_H
, Aug 2021
Staff were great and very helpful but the entirety experience felt very rushed and was really not worth the money paid.

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