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4 Splurge-Worthy Afternoon Tea Cruises in London

Picture yourself aboard an elegant vessel, leisurely cruising along the majestic Thames, as London’s iconic landmarks gracefully unfold before your eyes. Relish in the delicate symphony of flavors as you savor an array of sumptuous finger sandwiches, decadent pastries, and warm scones, all accompanied by the soothing notes of a fine cup of tea.

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With the city’s captivating skyline as your backdrop, an afternoon tea cruise is a truly unique thing to do, combining two quintessential London experiences. I’ve had afternoon tea in London, and I’ve cruised on the Thames – but combining the two sounds like the perfect way to pass an afternoon, doesn’t it?

Whether you want to enjoy the sights, love the idea of raising your pinky while you sip and nosh, or both, one of these afternoon tea cruises in London is essential for your itinerary.

Afternoon Tea Cruise With City Cruises

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There are few things as quintessentially British as a posh afternoon tea, and why not class it up by adding a luxurious riverboat to the mix? The River Thames afternoon tea cruise by City Cruises offers precisely that, with the bonus of fantastic riverside views.

You’ll be treated to a delectable spread of dainty sandwiches, traditional scones with jam, and a variety of scrumptious cakes. Indulge in limitless servings of tea or coffee, or opt for a glass of bubbly to complement your meal.

As you make your way downstream, you’ll take in the sights, including Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Houses of Parliament. City Cruises goes a step further to enhance the experience. The onboard commentary provides insights into iconic London landmarks and their fascinating history.

Afternoon Tea Cruise With Thames Dinner Cruise

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Throw on your fanciest hat and join the popular Thames Dinner Cruise company for their posh and delightful Afternoon Tea Cruise. You’ll be treated like royalty during this hour-and-a-half cruise and enjoy some of the best views of London’s iconic landmarks.

The riverboat’s large open-top deck and panoramic windows provide 360-degree views of the stunning London scenery, making it the perfect backdrop for some Instagram-worthy photos.

The impeccably dressed staff will spoil you with sandwiches, mini pastries, and scones with clotted cream and jam — the perfect treats to indulge in while cruising down the river. So hop aboard for a delightful afternoon of snacks, sights, and sophistication.

Afternoon Tea With Bateaux

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Bateaux London is one of the best floating restaurants in London, and their Champagne Afternoon Tea experience is no exception. On this cruise, you’ll savor delectable British treats while enjoying the beautiful scenery around the majestic River Thames.

Their afternoon tea cruise menu is the epitome of decadence, featuring a selection of delicious sandwiches, sweet treats, and scones, all perfectly paired with your choice of loose-leaf tea. They source the finest teas from around the world, including a single-estate English Breakfast from Malawi and a handcrafted green tea from Fujian Province, China.

It’s not just about the food and drinks, though — the riverside views are spectacular, and the live piano music playing throughout your 2-hour cruise adds to the already relaxing atmosphere. Whether celebrating a special occasion or craving something unique, the experience promises to be unforgettable.

Champagne Afternoon Tea With Bateaux

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If you want to dress up and live out your high society fantasies, a Champagne Afternoon Tea with Bateaux is the perfect luxurious journey. As you step onto the majestic river boat, you’ll be transported to a world of sophistication and elegance.

You’ll feel like royalty when you enter the ritzy dining area, complete with a live pianist serenading you. While taking in the sights, you’ll indulge in exquisite sweet treats and sandwiches perfectly paired with loose-leaf tea and a glass of Brut or Pink Champagne.

With fresh British flavors, captivating live music, stunning views, and delicious drinks, your 2-hour cruise experience will be nothing short of extraordinary. You won’t get this view while walking around town, so sit back and let Bateaux London dazzle you with the city’s vibrant beauty.

Which of these afternoon tea cruises in London will you be choosing? Let me know any questions you have about these, in the comments!

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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. Join her to explore my favorite city on earth and learn everything you need to discover the best London has to offer!

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