LONDON visitors keen to escape the city’s hustle and bustle are invited to take tea on the Thames this spring.
Leading Thames river cruise company Bateaux London, at river cruise has announced the return of its afternoon tea cruises on the largest and most sophisticated boat on the river.
From 2 April, on Wednesdays through to Saturdays, Bateaux London’s flagship, Harmony, will weigh anchor to take guests on a 75-minute cruise, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
And, along with views of attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, diners will be served a traditional English afternoon tea, freshly prepared by Bateaux London’s on-board team of chefs.
An assortment of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones will be accompanied by a range of quality teas and music, throughout the cruise, will be provided by Harmony’s resident pianist.
Gareth Brown, marketing manager for Bateaux London, said: “We run a variety of river cruises throughout the year and our afternoon teas are always immensely popular for those wanting to get a quintessentially English experience.
“We think that the perfect way to enjoy the famous sights of the city is from the river and with beautiful food, music and maybe a glass of Champagne.”
Bateaux London’s river cruises were recently voted in the top 100 of 1,269 ‘things to do’ in London by online travel site TripAdvisor and the company is offering two afternoon tea packages, available throughout the spring and summer.
Guests can opt for the Classic Cruise, at a cost of £32 for adults and £21 for children, or the Premier Cruise, which also includes a window table and glass of Champagne, for £42 per adult.
In addition, a flight on the London Eye can be added to either package for an additional £23 per adult and £17 per child.
The Harmony will board at 15.15hrs, departing at 15.30hrs and returning at 16.45hrs and visitors are asked to adhere to a smart casual dress code.
Child rates apply to those aged between three and 12, however children under the age of three are not permitted on board.