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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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RM 192.17
2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 15/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 15/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • You'll start at
    Tower Millennium Pier
    London EC3N 4DT, UK
    situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station
    See address & details
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    City Cruises 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 end at
    Tower Millennium Pier
    London EC3N 4DT, UK
    situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station
    See address & details
  • 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
What to Expect
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3N 4DT, UK
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Cruise
  • Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Champagne
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
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.
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Popular mentions
Louise R wrote a review Sep 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom6 contributions5 helpful votes
Nice for something different to do. Food not overly great and not much of it at all. We had lunch beforehand and then still managed the afternoon tea. Staff all friendly. View from top deck is nice. Very relaxing.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lisa M wrote a review Jun 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Didn't enjoy my city cruise experience from the start. We seemed to have been extra guests and they just wanted a bit more money. We was not seated with everyone else we had a table made up at the front of the boat on our own and just felt awkward. Sandwiches ok alright if you
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Date of experience: February 2020
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_stuart1606 wrote a review Mar 2020
Cranbourne, Australia49 contributions23 helpful votes
Took this cruise few years ago and enjoyed it however this time it was nowhere as good. Food and service very good however the pre recorded commentary was limited and honestly waste of time. Previously this was live and lot more informative and entertaining.
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1 Helpful vote
Holly H wrote a review Mar 2020
Jacksonville, Florida4 contributions3 helpful votes
As a comparison, I have done 2 other trip advisor reviews from this vacation, and both of the others I gave 5 stars, and glowing reviews. Very little commentary to point out and give information on the sights - and the commentary was prerecorded and very loud. The food was very
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1 Helpful vote
LRandall1 wrote a review Mar 2020
Essex, United Kingdom23 contributions41 helpful votes
This was a last minute trip but booked the cruise in the morning. I wish we hadnt wasted the money. I was expecting to see The London Eye, Westminster Palace, NO we saw Rotherhythe and other abodes along the Thames. The afternoon tea was ok but nothing to write home about, it
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Date of experience: February 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from CityCruises, Customer Service at Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Hi, we are very sorry to hear this happened on your trip. May we please ask you to send your feedback to so we can look into it? Thank you.
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About the operator

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By: City Cruises
lovely family day
Me and the family had a lovely time. The walk though area was magical we love it. The gift shop was fairly priced.
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River Thamse
The weather was really hit and sky so clear. It was an amazing time spend with friends on the yacht. We could see a
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Boat didn’t turn up.
The boat didn’t turn up. We 100% had the correct time and location as it was confirmed on our ticket before arrival
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average at best
As this was my first river cruise along the Thames i enjoyed the views as London is rather spectacular at night fro
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Mark B
Great experience
Fantastic experience with very friendly staff. The cruise was very informative with brilliant commentary on rout
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EXCELLENT And INFORMATIVE cruise experience!
My experience with the cruise was AMAZING! Very nice and kind staff,service was very good. The food was excellent,l
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Not going to Greenwich, which was why we brought the ticket. Didn't tell you much about what was along the river a
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Simon and Samson
Both Samson and team leader Simon were incredible from the start of our day to the very very end would highly recom
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Thames Showboat Dinner Cruise
The staff could not have been more helpful or attentive. My partner uses a walking stick & is not very mobile but t
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Great activity for a sunny day
Great live guide! Perfect on a sunny September day to explore the city and have a good look at local area.
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Afterward tea on the Thames.
Would fully recommend this company, lovely boat with completely glass sides giving excellent visibility, great crew
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Mark A
Lovely experience with friendly staff
I have been up and down the Thames over fifteen times with City Cruises over the years. Lovely, cheerful staff and
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Birthday Celebration
Absolutely outstanding from start to finish, polished warm hospitality, food acceptable, music and entertainment re
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Linda W
Relaxing and safe way to see London.
Due to Covid, the boat was not very busy, seating was socially distanced and although the commentary was pre-record
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NO SOCIAL DISTANCE!!!!!! Slotted time staff not checking slotted time they letting in everybody . Last Sunday we v
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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