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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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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, UKsituated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station
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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
    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
You'll end at
Tower Millennium Pier
London EC3N 4DT, UKsituated within walking distance to Tower Hill underground Station
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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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_stuart1606 wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions3 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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Quest05508533089 wrote a review Mar 2020
Jacksonville, Florida4 contributions
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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LRandall1 wrote a review Mar 2020
Essex23 contributions29 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
Response from CityCruises, Customer Service at Thames River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea
Responded 3 weeks ago
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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Katie H wrote a review Feb 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
Great way to see london by river. We paid for window seat and upon arrival they tried to sit us in what they described as a window seat but when I requested a different option, they accommodated my request (thankfully we weren't last in the queue). Food was nice. Fresh but I've
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Date of experience: February 2020
paws0810 wrote a review Feb 2020
Port Saint Lucie, Florida1,820 contribution171 helpful votes
Great trip we went all the way up to Greenwich. Then back down and got off at Tower Bridge. The sites were interesting with your guide was great. The weather was amazing.
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Birthday treat
We had booked to go elsewhere but due to Corona virus came to London and this trip with Sunday lunch was in with or
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Very happy!
Excellent and informative. Views and commentary was fabulous. Cruise was smooth and enjoyable. The wee cafe on boa
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Different perspective
A great way to get to Greenwich and the Tower of London - unfortunately we didn't have time to do both in the one d
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sarah m
great value
was great with loads of information. would deffo do it again. the staff were great and very friendly.
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Fantastic commentary
Have been on one of these before and you normally get a pre recorded running tape pointing out the major points of
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You will be disappointed
This is simply a bus on the river. We were told there was commentary, but nothing could be heard. We complained & w
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Wonderful evening
This was a Christmas gift from my partner. We went yesterday (Sunday) and had a fabulous evening. We were welcomed
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Claudia H
Couples get away to London
My husband and I have been planning a trip to London for over a year. We finally made it there and we purchase the
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An excellent way to get around and see London from the Water
This is a hop on, hop off boat. it starts from Waterloo, goes on the london Tower, Greenwich and back. It's on th
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Fantastic tour guide
We had a fab guy who really made the River Crusie special, made us laugh as we sailed along the Thames. Well worth
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Beat the traffic
Using the Thames Clipper service to go up and down the Thames is a great way to spend a day. I use it mainly for W
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Super crowded, Great walk through areas
I used to work at Seaworld so its tough to compare. My issues were that they didn't have very good crowd control. T
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Excellent & entertaining commentary. The lunch was exceptionally prepared & served quickly and courteously... whic
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Fantastic, a must do!!
Booked for my partner’s 30th birthday. What a fabulous experience! Once we set sail the cruise was great, the after
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Mixed Bag
Tour was shorter than I expected but the boat was nice. However, I didn’t appreciate the use of the word ‘fu**ed”
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