Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Greater London, United Kingdom

From USD 65.55

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Free cancellation
Up to 4 days in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


While in London, combine an iconic British tradition with a unique sightseeing excursion on an afternoon tea cruise. Spend a luxurious time enjoying a unique dining experience with family and friends on the Thames River. As you cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster, indulge in tea, freshly prepared cakes, and sandwiches, and view London’s great landmarks including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the London Eye.
  • Cruise through the heart of London, from Tower Pier to Westminster
  • See legendary London landmarks including the London Eye and the Shard
  • Sip on a cup of tea, and enjoy a selection of British cakes, scones, and sandwiches
  • Visit the onboard bar to purchase more drinks, if you wish

What's Included

  • 1.5-Hour Cruise
  • Afternoon tea - selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones
  • Unrivalled views of riverside London
  • Unlimited tea or coffee
  • Live or recorded commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Champagne
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tower Millennium Pier
    London EC3N 4DT, UK

    situated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station Please go directly to the boarding gate.

Start time

03:30 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

In the afternoon, head to Tower Pier in central London to board the teatime cruise along the Thames River. Find your seat in the cozy indoor saloon and enjoy panoramic views of the city shoreline as your cruise begins.

Heading west from Tower Pier, first pass the mystery-laden Tower of London and the monolithic Shard building, a 95-story pyramid of glass. Continue on to Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, a stunning Elizabethan playhouse with running performances, and the towering London Eye. Along the South Bank, see a medley of buskers, locals, and tourists meandering on the bustling pedestrian path. Your cruise loops at Westminster, for great views of the Houses of Parliament before heading back east.

As you cruise, indulge in British culinary delights like scones spread with jam and spoonfuls of cream, finger sandwiches, cakes, and unlimited tea and coffee. For an added treat, order a glass of bubbly (own expense) from the onboard bar. After tea, feel free to wander the open-air deck as you arrive back at Tower Pier.

City Cruises London Tower Pier

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tower of London (Pass By)

London Eye (Pass By)

Tower Bridge (Pass By)

Canary Wharf (Pass By)

The Shard (Pass By)

HMS Belfast (Pass By)

St. Paul's Cathedral (Pass By)

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.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The cruise was so beautiful!!! The tea, and sandwiches were delicious!!! I would recommend anyone to do this when they visit London!!!


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Audrey_G, May 2023
We enjoyed the boat ride itself, but the food tasted terrible and the tea was served much later than the food. People were receiving their second drink order before we got our tea. We couldn’t hear anything the announcer was saying about the points of interest. At first it was due to people talking, then poor audio quality.
Fabulous Tour
MarySusan_B, May 2023
This was a wonderful experience abdxwr thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well organized and the staff were all impeccable. Highly recommend this excursion. The tea and sandwiches and beautiful little pastries were delicious.
Wonderful cruise
Kimberly_R, May 2023
Wonderful staff. Food was delicious. The captain was informative and funny. Great pictures to take of fabulous views
Loved it!
Erin_F, May 2023
It was a fun experience, the tea was a traditional English tea with the snacks and tea options. It was a relaxing afternoon and doing the tea on the river cruise was well worth it for us!
Enjoyable experience
John_C, May 2023
Very enjoyable and insightful. Good value for the money. Saw all the sights of London along the river
Pennie_C, May 2023
We arrived to discover that, along with several other people, our reservation was not booked at all with the boat company. The boat was full so we couldn’t go on the trip as planned which was very disappointing . My advice is to book direct with City Cruises
Ritas_S, May 2023
Not on the manifest. Viator didn’t follow through but took my money. Have more booked with them, dear god hope they come through. So awful. Couldn’t get on the boat since Viator did t follow through
Perfect day out
Natalie_T, Apr 2023
The tour guide was hilarious and kept us entertained, as well as the staff who put on a lovely show while talking about the history of cocktails we ordered.
Unique way to see the Bridges of London.
Cristen_C, Apr 2023
Great way to view the bridges of London from underneath to see the structure while enjoying an excellent tea time.
Good experience
Chelsea_B, Apr 2023
Delicious pastries and tea. Champagne/wine available to order. Charged for bottled water. Good experience, helps if you know London to see the sights. Tour guidance in last 20-30 minutes
We loved it. It was so...
Kelby_M, Apr 2023
We loved it. It was so relaxing and even got a little history lesson while cruising. The dessert were delicious!
Perfect trip
Crystal_A, Apr 2023
It was just what I expected and more! Absolutely loved the experience. The food was incredible. The staff were nice. The boat was on time. The crew were skilled. The views were amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone
Was an amazing experience...
Sarah_C, Apr 2023
Was an amazing experience and the best of both worlds with a little sight seeing and an afternoon tea ; was a great last day for us in london!
Perfect afternoon!
Laura_G, Apr 2023
Nice selection of tea, sandwiches, sweets so on’t eat beforehand! We had beautiful weather and sat upstairs after we ate and listened to very entertaining description of the sights.
The cruise was so...
Barbara_K, Apr 2023
The cruise was so beautiful!!! The tea, and sandwiches were delicious!!! I would recommend anyone to do this when they visit London!!!
Amazing !
Bobbi_V, Apr 2023
The crew at the end giving tour info was amazing ! Loved the scenes, tea and commentary! Amazing 5/5 recommend
Er had a realy nice time...
Carola_R, Apr 2023
Er had a realy nice time with a nice wiew and good Afternoon Tea. I can realy recomend this to everybody.
Jared_T, Apr 2023
Great tour, several types of tea choices, bar menu as an add on....relaxing way to see some cool sights.
Great Experience
Erika_B, Apr 2023
The service was great and atmosphere. The food was plentiful. Highly recommended for anyone. Great to see London from a different perspective.
Okay but not great
Amali_G, Mar 2023
The river cruise was lovely however the food was cheap quality and not tasty. Not worth the price you pay for.

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