Experience the city on a River Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise
What makes an afternoon tea classy? Exquisite scenery! Combine a delicious cup of English tea with London’s legendary sights and bask in a different kind of luxury. The River Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise is a ninety-minute tour along London’s most famous river. Eat, drink and enjoy mesmerising views of the city while the boat sails you through its heart.
London is famous for its numerous attractions. Every year, it hosts around thirty million people from all over the world, making it one of the world’s most visited cities.
The River Thames flows through Central London and offers a spectacular backdrop to people on the afternoon tea cruise. The 2,000-year-old waterway harbours plenty of London’s history, and the cruise lets you see some of the city’s most magnificent historic and contemporary structures. Sip on delectable cups of tea while relaxing on a boat, moving at just the perfect speed to make the most of the trip. In this manner, you save time and effort for other sections of your London trip.
A quintessential English tradition
Grabbing a warm cup of afternoon tea is as British as it gets. It is a tea-related ritual that started in Britain in the early 1840s. It soon became an appetiser for the 8 PM evening meal. Initially, Afternoon Tea was a private social event for ladies, who ranked in society. When Queen Victoria indulged herself in this occasion, Afternoon Tea became a formal event on a larger scale that came to be known as tea receptions. The receptions were an open ‘at home’ invitation and welcomed as many as two hundred guests between 4 PM and 7 PM.
The significance of afternoon tea is still alive in Britain today and is considered a part of English tradition. It is one of the reasons why the River Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise is loved by Londoners and visitors alike.
Delicious food and iconic landmarks
As much as the cruise delights you, so does the food. Savour plates filled with a variety of finger sandwiches, slices of traditional cakes, tasty pastries and delicious scones topped with clotted cream on the cruise. Relish the food while taking in the awe-inspiring iconic sights in London. Sip on unlimited cups of coffee and tea throughout the journey for the ultimate experience.
The cruise departs from Tower Pier at 3:30 PM every day and returns at 5 PM. Your journey will provide you with views of some of the most iconic attractions like the London Eye, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Live commentary on the boat completes the experience. Learn about what you see while you breathe in the fresh air of the Thames, and participate in the lovely River Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise.
Whether you are a native or a visitor, this cruise is one activity you must try. So book your tickets, tag your loved ones, and sail away.
- An afternoon tea cruise along the River Thames that serves up a delicious spread alongside views of London landmarks
- Enjoy tea-time treats like sandwiches, scones, pastries, and traditional English cakes
- Sip on tea and coffee for the ultimate tea-time experience
- Admission tickets
- A selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and scones with clotted cream and jam
- Unlimited tea and coffee
- Live commentary
- Transportation to the pier
The afternoon tea cruise is available daily and starts promptly at 3:30 PM. Boarding commences at 3:15 PM. The boat returns to Tower Pier at 5:00 PM.
How to get to Tower Pier
Tower Pier is close to Tower Hill underground station, Tower Gateway DLR station. The next nearest station is London Bridge.
Getting your tickets
Your cruise tickets will be emailed to you shortly after booking. You must carry a printed copy to the venue along with a valid photo ID. Please note that tickets are only valid for the date selected at the time of booking.
Children under 2
If a child under two years would like to have a seat and be served a meal, they will be charged the child rate.
Tickets cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.