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Greater London, United Kingdom
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

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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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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 Please go directly to the boarding gate.

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.
  • Please note that as part of the relaxed atmosphere of this cruise experience, your table may be situated in close proximity to other guests.
  • Please ensure you arrive 20-minutes prior to departure time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • "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

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star-4
Beautiful day
JoAnn_G
, Aug 2022
It was a beautiful day on the river. Enjoyed the tea and service it was very well done. Thank you for a lovely afternoon!
star-5
Afternoon tea
Glenys_M
, Aug 2022
Lovely afternoon tea with friends: good service; interesting commentary and opportunity to view the river from top deck in perfect weather
star-4
Afternoon tea on the Thames
carol_w
, Aug 2022
We, luckily managed to get a window table so views were great! Food was good, sandwiches a little dry but in fairness the weather was very hot so difficult to keep them fresh on the table. Service was efficient and cost of Prosecco was reasonable. The only negative was we arrived early and hoped to get to the front of the queue to get a window seat, but there wasn’t an obvious front of queue, so we ended up way back. Luckily when we asked for a window they were able to give us one. This is the boat companies arrangement not Viator!
star-2
Not good
Adam_G
, Jul 2022
I’m not a big fan of tea so, there’s that. The table was not elegant the service was rushed and the scenery on the Tams was nothing like other European rivers very industrial and kinda yucky and the cruise seems to Luke back-and-forth to many times
star-5
All was good. Very nice...
Roger_W
, Jul 2022
All was good. Very nice service people on the boat. Good food. Clean and fresh. Would come again. Easy boarding
star-5
We had a great...
April_A
, Jul 2022
We had a great time!!would definitely do this cruise again! We traveled with a 9 year old and 17 year old both enjoyed it.
star-5
Great tour!
Kayla_N
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was Beatrix and she was AMAZING! She was knowledgeable, funny, and so kind! She gave us tips of the dos and donts of Paris. I would highly recommend this tour!
star-3
Amazing service but too hot inside for tea
Carol_K
, Jul 2022
The staff and upper/outside level were wonderful! The inside boat air-conditioning was not. It was terribly hot inside during tea service.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great afternoon tea and cruise
Christine_T
, Jul 2022
Lovely welcome. Friendly staff that went out of their way to help us with our special order.lovely afternoon tea great choice of cakes and sandwiches. Thank you for a great dxperience
star-5
Great views and yummy food!
Christine_V
, Jul 2022
This tour was great and well worth the money. The tea, scones, sandwiches, and desserts were all very tasty. There was great service on the boat and we had several refills of hot tea and coffee. After we finished our tea, we went up to the top deck of the boat and enjoyed the nice views of the Thames. We had a great time and enjoyed an awesome afternoon tea with very pretty views.
star-5
Sailing the Thames
Jack_C
, Jul 2022
The staff operating the vessel and the wait staff on board were very professional and friendly. The selection of different sandwiches, scones and desserts made for an enjoyable tea. The person pointing out things from history or interest made the trip up and down the river more fun.
star-5
A pleasant way to enjoy an English tea
David_C
, Jun 2022
A very relaxing way to see London from the river. The tea had very good food and the crew were very friendly and helpful. This tour is a way something a little different but very pleasant!
star-4
Worth it
Cynthia_A
, Jun 2022
This was a nice experience cruising down the Thames. Pretty sights and service was good. Sandwiches weren’t great but tea and dessert were nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The staff were lovely and...
Amina_B
, Jun 2022
The staff were lovely and the food was amazing. My friends and I really enjoyed ourselves! I would highly recommend everyone to book!! Perfect outing on a hot summers day😁😁💛💛
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Badly designed boat made me unwell for the rest of the day
Anthony_R
, Jun 2022
I was sat at the front of the boat under glass. The sweatpoured from me as though I was in a sauna. I was told the air conditioning was ineffective so that could not be used. The resolution was to give me a bottle of water and move me but it was too late my day was ruined. I wasnt the only person suffering incidentally.
star-5
Fabulous from tea to tour!
Naomi_G
, Jun 2022
Tea was fabulous! Lovely selection of sandwiches and pastries. I am a gluten free traveler and was ready to go without… but they had an entire serving made gluten free! After the tea, we were invited upstairs for a lovely tour. A funny guide and a stunning view- this part was just the respite we needed.
star-5
Great way to see the city...
Danielle_R
, Jun 2022
Great way to see the city from the Thames while enjoying afternoon tea! We had a bit of a dreary day but was still enjoyable.
star-5
Sippin’ Tea on the Thames
Benjamin_M
, Jun 2022
This was a great opportunity for extended family to meet in London and have a great visit. There were 8 of us and we were all seated comfortably and enjoyed the traditional English tea very much. The food was very good quality.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experiance
Galina_C
, Jun 2022
Opening of the Tower Bridge, when we passed through - one of the happiest moment. You do not have to be rich to have great experience. Do it now.
star-5
Jubilee Celebrations
Madeleine_J
, Jun 2022
Jubilee Celebration 🎉 We loved it and got a bit tipsy Congratulations to the queen! It was great value for money

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