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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea provided by City Cruises

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea
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Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea
By City Cruises
Make the most of your time in London by combining tradition with sightseeing on this afternoon-tea cruise. See the capital's iconic sights—the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, and more—while indulging in the British tradition of afternoon tea. Take advantage of picture-perfect views from the water while savoring scones, sandwiches, cakes, and, of course, tea. If you fancy something stronger, visit the onboard bar.
from
RM 249.70
per adult
from
RM 249.70
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 2-99, max of 9 per group
Duration:
1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Combine two essential London activities: a Thames cruise and afternoon tea
  • Get a unique view of London's landmarks from the water
  • Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea of scones, cakes, and sandwiches
  • Cruise departs from central London

  • Cruise
  • Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Champagne
  • Gratuities

Make your way to Tower Pier to board your cruise. Settle into the cozy, indoor salon and get ready for the quintessential London experience. Heading west, first pass the infamous Tower of London, known for its dark history. Then, for a contrast, view the sparkling contemporary architecture of the glass Shard building. Continue to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the enormous Ferris wheel—the London Eye. Enjoy people-watching along the South Bank, a favorite hangout for locals, tourists, skaters, and entertainers. Your cruise loops around at Westminster where you get excellent views of the Gothic-style Houses of Parliament and iconic Big Ben before heading back. Along the way, indulge in British teatime favorites, including scones spread with jam and cream, dainty finger sandwiches, cakes, tea, and coffee. You can even toast the evening with a glass of Champagne from the bar (own expense). The tour concludes back at Tower Pier.

Departure details
  • Tower Pier, London, UK situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station Please go directly to the boarding gate.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3542AFTEA

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Your seat on board is guaranteed and will be allocated to you before the cruise takes place. When you board you will be shown to your table. Please note tables are fixed and within close proximity. Our panoramic windows provide great views from all angles of the passing sky-line, regardless of your table location.
  • We do not guarantee that products are free from nuts or traces of nuts. For gluten-free tea give at least 24 hours’ notice. For any special dietary requirements please call us after booking.
  • Please note that as part of the relaxed atmosphere of this cruise experience, your table may be situated in close proximity to other guests.
  • Please ensure you arrive 20-minutes prior to departure time
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers

  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

What time does Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea start?
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea will start at 3:30 PM. Discover and book Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea on Tripadvisor
Which attractions will I visit with Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
How much is Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea?
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea price starts from RM 246.34. Discover and book Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea on Tripadvisor
What is the Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea cancellation policy?
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Discover and book Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3542AFTEA

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Tower Pier
    London, UK
    situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station Please go directly to the boarding gate.
    See address & details
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    City Cruises London Tower Pier
    Stop: 20 minutes
    Board at Tower Pier, please arrive 20 minutes before you departure time
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    Pass by
    Tower of London
    London Eye
    Tower Bridge
    Canary Wharf
    The Shard
    HMS Belfast
    St. Paul's Cathedral
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Atk78
Atk78
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Excellent and definitely worth booking
Highly recommend this boat trip, we booked online for a family of 4 and the whole experience was great from start t
willc358
willc358
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Great Experience
Great hop on hop off boat trip. The commentary was very informative as well as humorous. The weather was very g
jane280165
jane280165
00
Pleasant boat trip
Sunday evening trip ok . We had the bubbles and canapés option.1 glass of Prosecco on boarding waitress service of
Gio7104
Gio7104
00
Beautiful day on the river
This was a belated birthday gift from my wife. Had an excellent time. The weather was perfect and all Staff on the
stacy w
stacy w
00
Hop on ticket confused boat operators
Our hop on hop off ticket confused all the ticket takers. No one could tell us which boat was ours. We were given d
clairemK1603HZ
clairemK1603HZ
00
Brilliant experience
Absolutely lovely experience celebrating our wedding anniversary 🥰, food was delicious and plentiful and the staff
Heavit
Heavit
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A truly excellent meal/cruise experience
The meal was excellent and of higher standard than anticipated. All staff serving were smartly turned out and very
travel123190735
travel123190735
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Back again
Back again to do this great value lunch cruise. The staff are amazing, so welcoming and efficient on board. Food wa
109claricew
109claricew
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Ok but not as advertised
Not as advertised. Only 15 minutes up river. Wait 45 minutes and 15 back. Would not recommend for price. Could not
Likeablebeast
Likeablebeast
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A lovely boat trip.
Great to see London by boat with really entertaining commentary from the crew, We went from Westminster dock down t
miawM6705GY
miawM6705GY
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Exploring London for a week.
great trip on the boat and explored lots of the Thames on the boat. Staff were very good and gave us a good tour w
roxannesF6013VY
roxannesF6013VY
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Gemma and Rox do London
Amazing night! Staff were polite and attentive (especially Phillip, Shiplia (apologies for the spelling!) and Antho
emmacL9281FN
emmacL9281FN
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Top class and very memorable
We absolutely loved the River cruise. Our tour guide Chris was absolutely fantastic. He was so funny and so interes
264ceeb
264ceeb
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Brilliant and a good laugh too
A brilliant 50min trip - easy, interesting, comfortable and scenic but what really set it apart was the entertaini
laramk633
laramk633
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Great Way to View the City
The service was excellent and the staff was very attentive. On the description for this particular Thames Dinner Cr
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Popular mentions

4.0
107 reviews
Excellent
50
Very good
25
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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cpalmahm
London, UK2 contributions
When reserving the “cruise” I opted for window seats and when we boarded we were informed that those seats were reserved but not in my name… could have been an error in my part however the less than satisfactory experience continues.
Dirty cutlery
NO HAND SANITISERS anywhere even though that was the first thing listed on the booking as a “ covid safety feature”. We travelled on the underground where we touched hand rails and buttons and were expecting at least to be able to sanitise our hands given that one of us in the party has limited mobility we didn’t expect to have her navigate her way around tables and corridors to wash hands.
The staff were smug in their attitude when I asked about my seat reservation and even more smug when I asked where the hand sanitisers were.
We ordered a bottle of Prosecco and orange for the table and when the order came to the table we were presented with one small glass of orange juice and four glasses (clearly a miscommunication issue, thought) I explained that we wanted to mix some orange juice into the flutes with the Prosecco but that seemed to confusing for the server whom had never heard of a mimosa or a buck fizz (in the uk). I was informed they had now container to pour with so of course the oj spilled on mixing.
The WCs ran out of toilet paper halfway through the journey (in both men and women facilities) and were not replaced, when the staff was informed we noticed more smug expressions, not all the staff behaved poorly in fact some were very pleasant and accommodating (hence the one star review).
Could have been a nice experience but….
Written 9 August 2022
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Terry T
Woodland, WA8 contributions
Family
Riding down the Thames River experiencing Afternoon Tea was a highlight! The staff was very friendly & attentive. The food was delicious too!
Written 21 June 2022
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Hello 704terryt, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are delighted to hear your that Afternoon Tea Cruise was a highlight to your time in London! And we are thrilled to know that our crew were friendly and attentive! Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written 28 June 2022
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Caroline J
Folkestone, UK4 contributions
Friends
We enjoyed a delicious tea, while cruising along the Thames, seeing the famous London landmarks! I'd recommend it. 🙂
Written 20 June 2022
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Hello Caroline J, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your afternoon tea cruise! It's great to know you liked the food whilst cruising along the Thames! Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written 27 June 2022
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amanda s
2 contributions
Couples
Excellent cruise and very well organised. A member of staff showed us to our table. The afternoon tea was lovely with tea and coffee being served throughout. Good commentary on board as we travelled along the river. I recommend going.
Written 19 June 2022
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Hello 654mandy, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We love to hear that you had enjoyed your afternoon tea cruise and that it was organised and you liked the commentary. Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written 23 June 2022
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Alf S
Chelmsford, UK51 contributions
We booked a table for two but when boarding we were shown to a table with another couple. When I queried this I was curtly told "You have to pay extra for a window seat" I didn't even mention that I wanted a window seat. Just a table for two which I had booked.
I also ordered one afternoon tea for a diabetic but we were given a selection the same as everyone else. The server had no idea about a diabetic alternative & offered a 'Fruit Salad' instead??? The sandwiches had obviously been standing in the open for some time as one side was dry & distinctly 'crisper' than the other.
When the tea was poured it was only lukewarm & we ended up buying water. The service was sullen & indifferent.
Not the best of experiences & judging by the amount of food left on the plates & thrown away we weren't the only people unhappy with the afternoon. I certainly would not recommend it, if fact I would deter anyone thinking about booking it.
See the river from a much cheaper river bus & book a 'land based' afternoon tea instead
Written 18 June 2022
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Dear Guest, We are very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience with us. Would you be able to send an email to customercomments@citycruises.com with all the details (e.g. reference number, time and date of departure)? We take this matter very seriously and we would like to look into it. Thank you City Cruises
Written 21 June 2022
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Will F
Bromley, UK11 contributions
A nice day out. Had a nice traditional cream tea indoors followed by some time on the upstairs outside deck. Luckily the weather was lovely when I went. If its raining you will be stuck indoors the whole time.

Only drawback is the cost. Its a little bit pricey for what it is, and if you want to have a guaranteed window table you have to pay extra.
Written 12 June 2022
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Dear 834willf, Thank you so much for taking the time to write! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your afternoon tea cruise, and how you had a nice day out and striking lucky with the weather! Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises Team
Written 14 June 2022
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AmyS
1 contribution
I decided to treat my husband and I to afternoon tea for the queens jubilee weekend.
As we boarded we were given a glass of champagne and shown to our table. The sandwiches and cakes arrived shortly after departure and were lovely, very tasty.
The staff were very friendly. The lady who was giving the tour was explaining a lot about the area we did not know. There is plenty of space between tables.
Everything was well laid out and we had a great time.
We would do it all again.
Thank you.
Written 6 June 2022
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Hello AmyStan81, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Cruise and we hope it added to the great weekend! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the sandwiches and cakes and our crew were friendly and efficient. Thanks again, we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written 6 June 2022
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NeilSing
3 contributions
Business
As someone who recommends this trip to a lot to my clients, I will no longer be doing so after the rude,lazy and awful service I encountered from the manager today.

I understand if there has been a mix up in bookings but the fact she flat out refused to help in any way shines a bad light on an otherwise beautiful experience.

Her refusal to give my clients her name summed up her service. Very disappointing.
Written 13 May 2022
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Hello NeilSing, Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback about your cruise with us. We take all feedback very seriously and we are very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience with us. Would you be able to send an email to customercomments@citycruises.com with all the details (e.g. reference number, time and date of departure)? We take this matter very seriously and we would like to look into it. Thank you. Thank you City Cruises
Written 20 May 2022
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RossDeMon
Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom275 contributions
I’d honestly have given this a 5* review if we had been given a window seat. Took my partner for her birthday and was really disappointed to be allocated seats. Booked and got there early and was seated in the middle.

It definitely lessened the experience and for this alone I’d look elsewhere.

Don’t let this put you off though, the food is great, the drink is great and the staff are lovely. We flew down from Scotland though and this was the main event activity as my partner loves boats and water however missing out on a two person window seat was really disappointing.

The boat is amazing and the views are excellent. The staff are fantastic.
Written 12 May 2022
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Hello RossDeMon, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are glad you and your parnter enjoyed your cruise with us. We apologise that you wasn't about to dine with a window seat, this isn't always guarantee so we are sorry this lessesned your experience. We are happy to know you enjoyed the food and drink and the views from the Thames are amazing! Thanks again and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written 13 May 2022
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Debster1962
Thundersley, UK242 contributions
Treated to this by daughter for birthday.

Tables are allocated pre-boarding so you don’t need to queue.

Afternoon tea was nice though maybe a bit stingy on the cakes.

You can order bubbles or other drinks.

Tour goes up and down stream and takes about hour and half.

Was a lovely afternoon but we were lucky with the weather and were able to go to the upper deck.
Written 1 May 2022
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Hello Debbie W, Thank you for taking the time for your review, it really means a lot! We are glad you enjoyed your afternoon tea with us and the weather was a bonus! Thanks again, and we hope to see you onboard again soon.
Written 6 May 2022
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