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Greater London, United Kingdom
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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
Tower Pier , London, UK

situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station

3:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.

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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
A relaxing afternoon in London
Gail_S
, May 2022
Food was good. Atmosphere was relaxing. Alcoholic beverages were reasonably priced. Views were exceptional. Staff was attentive.
star-5
Do it, your love it.
John_T
, May 2022
We had prefect weather hot and sunny, so made the trip. The trip was fabulous, food, delicious service great. Would recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Overpriced boat trip with an average afternoon tea
Clair_A
, May 2022
The afternoon was slightly disappointing. We had to be indoors because of bad weather but that meant we couldn’t hear a thing the commentator was saying because it wasn’t loud enough . The afternoon tea itself was average. On a positive note the scones were warm and tasted lovely. Overall it was an overpriced boat trip with an average afternoon tea .
star-4
Really good trip
Michelle_L
, May 2022
Very enjoyable cruise. Lovely food, staff very attentive and the tour guide was factual and humorous. Will do again
star-5
Was lovely. We really...
Emma_T
, Apr 2022
Was lovely. We really enjoyed ourselves. Only moan we have is that they rush to take our plates so felt we had to rush our food which was the only down side but everything else was amazing. Definitely doing again
star-5
Great experience
Fiona_D
, Apr 2022
Food was great, service was exceptional. The staff were polite, helpful and attentive. We would definitely recommend this experience
star-5
Tea on the Thames
David_M
, Apr 2022
Friendly staff and a relaxing, joyful hour and a half tour on the Thames. The tea and food were wonderful. The guide was hilarious with the many stories of the city.
star-5
Lovely!
Samantha_F
, Apr 2022
Great! The food/tea was quite good, and the waiters were excellent. The view of the Thames is lovely, and it was a very relaxing experience.
star-5
Lovely treat worth a visit
Pauline_C
, Apr 2022
Great experience, we had a window view which was lovely. Staff very polite and helpful. The information about the history was interesting. Thank you
star-4
The views of London...
Janice_R
, Apr 2022
The views of London riverside and commentary was enjoyable and informative Review is to lengthy do not wish to add to it
1 traveler found this review helpful

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