• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Combine London’s legendary sights with a scrumptious English tea on this 1.5-hour Thames River afternoon sightseeing cruise. Sail by top London attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye and Tower of London, and enjoy stellar views of The Shard, the ‘Gherkin’ building, and other icons. As you cruise, savor a delicious afternoon tea of dainty sandwiches and cakes, plus scones with clotted cream and preserves, accompanied by teas and coffees.


  • 1.5-hour Thames River sightseeing cruise with a classic English afternoon tea
  • Soak up great views of London’s iconic landmarks from the water
  • Drift by the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London
  • Admire other attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the ‘Gherkin’ and The Shard
  • Savor a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, cakes and scones served with high quality tea and coffee as you cruise
  • Enjoy your tea serenaded by soft piano music from the resident pianist

What You Can Expect

London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise

Solo pianist

Travel independently to the Thames River departure pier in central London, and be shown on to your comfortable sightseeing cruiser.Take a seat at one of the smart, white linen-clothed tables in the indoor cabin, and admire the views of London’s riverbank sights as your boat follows a round-trip route along the Thames.

Watch the landmarks unfold through the panoramic windows, or take a stroll on deck to capture them on camera. Cruise by majestic Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament; enjoy awesome views of the Tower of London and dome of St Paul’s Cathedral; and glide by other top London attractions including the London Eye, The Shard and the cone-shaped skyscraper known as the 'Gherkin.’

Along the way, enjoy the lilting background music courtesy of the resident pianist, and savor a classic English afternoon tea. Sip on freshly brewed teas and coffee, and dig into an assortment of freshly prepared finger sandwiches and cakes, as well as scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserves. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

After around 1.5 hours on the water, your cruise ends when your boat docks at the original starting pier.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My daughter and I very much enjoyed this tour. The afternoon tea was well done, with great service, and nice views along the Thames.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Wonderful cruise around the River Thames. The tea and food was delicious. The extra money spent for the window seat was worth it. Best views possible.

Gregory W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great cruise, and a nice little treat for my wife's 30th. We booked the window seat and a glass of Champagne which we thought was good value for the extra 10 each. The food was lovely and there was a vast choice of tea's and coffee's. My pot of tea was refilled twice at no extra cost. The staff were very pleasant from the moment we checked in. They were incredibly welcoming and friendly and our waiter was great. I would definitely recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The London Thames River Afternoon Tea Cruise was the highlight of our trip to London. Bateaux/London Catamaran Cruisers did an amazing job. The cruise was lovely and it gives you a totally different perspective of London. It was leisurely, clean and well done. As for the tea itself, it was delicious and well presented. White table cloths with spotless cutlery added to this delightful afternoon. The menu consisted of Smoked salmon, Wiltshire Ham, cucumber and dill and egg mayonnaise with cress, cut in small tea sandwiches, scones with Cornish Clotted cream and strawberry preserve and three small deserts, lemon meringue tart, dark chocolate mousse with marshmallow and carrot cake. A teapot for each table and it is replenished continuously, we had three pots!! There was a gentleman playing the piano which added to the wonderful atmosphere. The crew and staff were professional and friendly. We did the Premier Afternoon tea and crusise which gave us a glass of champagne and a reserved window seat. I highly recommend this afternoon of delight!

Lillis K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a great way to end our trip to London. Relaxing and the view from the river is fantastic to see the London skyline.

Linda United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017


Laura H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

We had a wonderful girl's day out, fantastic cruise, good food and delicious mango strawberry tea can't buy it anywhere in the U.S.. Weather not the greatest but you're in London. Must do!!

Richard E United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

A highly enjoyable afternoon sailing down the Thames on the very posh boat Harmony. Everything about the trip was very professionally managed from the check-in on Embankment Pier and being seated on your table. The staff were both friendly and efficient, helping with all your requirements, taking photos for you etc. The food was plentiful and of an excellent standard, the scones in particular were very fresh and tasty. The afternoon was accompanied by a piano recital, again high quality. After eating it is nice to be able to go outside and onto the roof of the boat covered with artificial grass! for a breath of fresh air and to take more photos. Altogether a most enjoyable afternoon which we would heartily recommend.

Mary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Extremely nice, not touristy at all. Unlike some places they did not mind that I was a solo traveler and even gave me an extra glass of champagne for free. We were fortunate to have lovely weather and I saw London from a whole different angle have been here before but never down the river. One thing to note: there is no commentary telling you what you are looking at, so you'd do well to familiarize yourself with a map or guidebook before you get on the boat. I had a local person behind me who was describing all the buildings to his relatives so I had a little extra tour guide experience. It's still enjoyable though even if you're not aware you're passing one of the oldest pubs in London, an office building that once reflected light to set a car on fire in the street, etc.

Ghada G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very pleasant trip and excellent staff. Live piano music was a plus! Highly recommended and also enjoyable for kids.

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