For a relaxing, indulgent experience, why not try afternoon tea on the Thames?
Whether it's a gift idea for someone that loves London and the Thames, or a treat for yourself, a cruise on the Thames with afternoon tea is a great way to see the capital.
Where better to enjoy a selection of sandwiches and cakes than while cruising up and down the river, taking in the many famous sights and seeing the passing boats from the very best vantage point - on the Thames itself.
Afternoon tea with City Cruises from Tower Pier
City Cruises offers outings on the Thames with Traditional afternoon tea for two included on a 1hr 30min cruise of the river. You'll see some of London's most famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge, London Bridge, the Globe Theatre, London Eye and Palace of Westminster. Your afternoon tea will include sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea. Your departure point is Tower Pier which is about a 6 minute walk from Fenchurch Street station and a 12 minute walk from London Cannon Street. A car park and taxi rank is located about 2 minutes' walk away.
- City Cruises Afternoon tea (1hr 30)
Afternoon tea with Bauteaux from Embankment Pier
Costing is a little bit more is the Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Thames for two with Bateaux. Bateaux operate the finest restaurant cruise vessels on the river, setting off from Embankment Pier and providing a range of delicious scones and pastries. The Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Thames for two package costs £64. Your departure point - Embankment Pier on the Victoria Embankment - is next to Embankment tube and is a 5 minute walk from London Charing Cross or a 13 minute walk from London Waterloo.
Afternoon tea cruise from Henley on Thames
Further up river, Hobbs of Henley has been providing river cruises since 1870 and this popular operator is offering afternoon tea in association with 'Time for Tea' on a number of dates throughout the summer. The afternoon tea includes an assortment of delicate finger sandwiches, petit fours, freshly baked local scones and cakes and loose teas. 10% of the profits from the afternoon tea are donated to a local hospice charity.
Available dates and booking available at hobbsofhenley.com.
What is Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon tea is thought to date back to the first half of the 19th century and usually involves sandwiches, a selection of cakes or scones with fresh cream and of course, tea. These days, purveyors of afternoon teas seek to put their own stamp on the perennial favourite with addition of champagne or themed afternoon teas such as chocolate afternoon tea.
More Thames Experiences
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*Prices correct at time of writing - August 2017