Afternoon Tea On The Thames

Afternoon Tea with City Cruises or Bateux

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, setting off from Tower Pier on a 1hr 30min river cruise . 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.  Afternoon tea includes sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea.

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.

BB Bakery Vintage Afternoon Tea

BB Bakery serves up its beautiful French style baked goods from its shop in Covent Garden and now you can also enjoy their high quality afternoon tea while out on the river. Setting off from Butler's Wharf next to Tower Bridge, the cruise lasts for three hours during which you'll see many of the Thames' most iconic and striking sights. The Vintage Afternoon Tea includes finger sandwiches, quiche, macarons, cakes, pastries and scones. A glass of champagne is served on the upper deck.  The BB Bakery Afternoon Tea costs £150 for 2 people with limited dates available throughout the summer.

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

The afternoon tea experiences above are just some of the Thames gift ideas available from They've also got sight seeing tours, helicopter rides and Thames rib experiences - browse the full range of Thames gift experiences.

*Prices correct at time of writing - June 2016