Afternoon Tea On The Thames

Afternoon Tea with City Cruises or Bateux

Best Afternoon Tea on the River Thames!

Whether it’s a gift idea for someone that loves London and the River 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 while cruising up and down the river, taking in the many famous sights and seeing the passing boats from the very best vantage point than 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 Millennium Pier which is a 6 minute walk from Fenchurch Street station, a 12 minute walk from London Cannon Street and a 15 minute walk from London Bridge station. A car park and taxi rank is located about 2 minutes’ walk away.

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.
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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 – August 2019