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5 “Tea-riffic” Afternoon Tea Bus Tours in London (2023)

There’s nothing quite like exploring London, with its rich history, iconic landmarks, and enchanting charm. While there you might have lots of things on your London bucket list, there’s one quintessentially British experience to seek out: afternoon tea.

If you are short on time during your London itinerary and want to double-dip, you might consider afternoon tea bus tours in London instead – it’s a two-fer! Marrying the cherished tradition of afternoon tea with the excitement of sightseeing, these tours offer a unique way to experience the city in all its splendor.

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Hop on board a vintage double-decker bus and prepare to embark on a culinary journey that is as steeped in culture as it is in delicious flavors. As you meander through the bustling streets of London, indulge in a scrumptious array of finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, and warm scones, all while sipping on a fragrant cup of tea. With a tea or food pun to brighten your spirits and an ever-changing backdrop of London’s iconic sights, these afternoon tea bus tours promise a brew-tiful adventure that is sure to leave you craving for more.

Ready to learn about the best afternoon tea bus tours in London?

Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

The classic afternoon tea bus tour is an authentic English experience, complete with a steaming pot of tea, delectable treats, and the city’s beautiful scenery. You’ll be taken on a fascinating journey of iconic landmarks in London, from the grand Big Ben to the historic Westminster Abbey.

The classic double-decker bus has been lovingly restored and decorated, making it the perfect backdrop for your Instagram-worthy photos. Savor a variety of tasty finger sandwiches and an assortment of delectable cakes, scones, and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea

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If a pot of tea isn’t your thing, how about something a bit stronger? If you like the sound of that, jump aboard the Slingsby Gin afternoon tea bus tour. This gin-fueled journey is the perfect way to spice up your London sightseeing adventure. 

The tour offers stunning views of famous attractions, including Trafalgar Square, Marble Arch, and Westminster Abbey. You can indulge in three signature Gin & Tonic drinks from Slingsby’s premium gin collection. 

The drinks are perfectly paired with a scrumptious selection of finger sandwiches, muffins, cakes, and tarts from Brigit’s Bakery.

Afternoon Tea Bus with a Glass of Prosecco

Fancy a spot of tea with the posh crowd in London? Look no further than this afternoon tea bus with a glass of prosecco tour for the ultimate high society experience. You’ll ride in style on a pink-striped bus while weaving through London’s top attractions.

When it comes to the eats and treats, there are sweet and savory options galore, and with different menu choices available, there’s something for everyone. You’ll have your pick of classic tea and coffee beverages along with the bubbly. The friendly staff will ensure your cravings are satisfied, leaving you feeling like royalty.

Bus Tours with Afternoon Tea Stops

In addition to the above teas which offer afternoon tea on a bus, there are a few bus tours that include stops where you can have afternoon tea:

Vintage Bus Tour and Cream Tea at Harrods

Tea-riffic Afternoon Tea Bus Tours in London - Harrods Exterior

If you want to immerse yourself in all London offers in half a day, this vintage bus tour and cream tea at Harrods is the perfect option. This three-in-one experience includes a bus tour, a leisurely river cruise, and a delectable afternoon tea at the world-renowned Harrods department store.

The beautifully restored 50-year-old bus will transport you back in time as you tour the best of London’s famous streets. Next, you’ll board a riverboat for a short cruise along the Thames, where you’ll see more popular landmarks, such as Shakespeare’s Globe and London Bridge. 

Once you’re done sightseeing, it’s off to the iconic Harrods for a sumptuous afternoon tea with a mouthwatering assortment of scones and pastries.

Royal Tour with Afternoon Tea at the Rubens

Experience the grandeur of the Big Smoke like a true Londoner on this royal tour with afternoon tea at the Rubens. This deluxe bus tour takes you past iconic landmarks with a knowledgeable guide that will share fascinating stories about London’s history.

You’ll be treated to afternoon tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, a luxurious spot close to the Royal Mews. You can enjoy the stunning views while sipping the finest tea and indulging in various sumptuous sandwiches and freshly-baked scones.

Coronation-Themed Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Note: This tour is only available April 24-May 31, 2023

Looking to celebrate King Charles’ Coronation in style? The Coronation-themed afternoon tea bus tour perfectly commemorates this quintessentially British tradition while exploring Central London. The menu is curated by none other than The Royal Butler himself, Grant Harrold, ensuring a meal fit for a king.

While you sip a cup of tea and nibble on sandwiches, cakes, and pastries, you’ll be taken on a tour of London’s top landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. 

With an official historian and tour guide specializing in the Royal Family on board, you’ll learn fascinating facts about King Charles, Queen Camilla, and the Coronation.

Have any questions about these top afternoon tea bus tours in London or which one to book? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can (you can find her recent trip recaps here!). She launched LOMM in 2021 to help other travelers fall in love with her favorite city on earth.