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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
  • Please note that as part of the relaxed atmosphere of this cruise experience, your table may be situated in close proximity to other guests.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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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
  • "Social distancing restrictions meant we had a less than full boat - all the better to enjoy the surroundings and roam freely around the upper deck after we finished our afternoon tea below." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Afternoon tea very nice,...
William_M
, Nov 2021
Afternoon tea very nice, staff were great , overall a great way to spend the afternoon. Commentary was very informative
star-5
Wonderful & insightful
Oliver_R
, Nov 2021
Great experience & very reasonable on price! Lovely afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches, cakes & scones. Tea & coffee refilled, alongside a drinks menu to purchase alcoholic drinks- again not as expensive as you’d expect in London! Guided tour along the river, found out more about the buildings in & around the river that I wasn’t aware of. Great service, great views. Highly recommend.
star-4
Excellent afternoon tea &...
Adrian_B
, Nov 2021
Excellent afternoon tea & seeing London skyline at dusk was very good experience & works recommend to others
star-5
Lovely experience
LUBNA_F
, Oct 2021
Took my family to celebrate 16th birthday of my twin daughter. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, excellent service and very friendly staff
star-5
Well Worth doing the trip again
Rachel_M
, Oct 2021
Lovely friendly, helpful staff. Very slick and efficient with serving the afternoon tea. Great selection of food.
star-5
The comentry guy was...
Karlyn_S
, Oct 2021
The comentry guy was excellent. So funny and made the whole experience memorable. The staff were efficient and very helpful
star-4
Sight seeing BUT the...
karenmuldowney
, Oct 2021
Sight seeing BUT the commentary was difficult to hear due to on board noisy passengers. It was a shame that the front windows were very dirty. Staff were very attentive.
star-5
Truly amazing experience!
Jason_B
, Sep 2021
Absolutely fantastic experience seeing the sights of our capital city in style!afternoon tea was delicious and staff gave a great service!
star-5
Amazing experience
Destiney_P
, Sep 2021
Fabulous, the guy commentating made our trip, he was super funny and knew loads about London. Very well organised
star-3
Nice food
Alex_Q
, Sep 2021
The food was nice and service good, however the boat was very old fashioned and I’d say it’s more for an older person rather than the younger end.

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