Best afternoon tea tours in London

Treat yourself to a London afternoon tea experience with a twist, with the best afternoon tea tours in the capital.
Two women are shown enjoying an afternoon tea aboard a panoramic bus tour of London and are cheering with scones while laughing together.
Bring your friends to a panoramic tour of London for a unique experience aboard the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. ©

Combine your finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with spotting top attractions, join a themed afternoon tea bus tour through the capital or jump onboard an afternoon tea Thames river cruise.

Do they serve tea on double-decker buses in London?

Yes, they do! In London, you can experience the quintessentially British tradition of drinking tea and nibbling on sandwiches, scones and cakes on an iconic double-decker bus specially equipped with tables, aboard a riverboat or in spectacular locations including museums, royal palaces and concert halls.

All you need to do is join an afternoon tea bus tour of London, board an afternoon tea cruise on the Thames or book tickets that combine a visit of an iconic London landmark with afternoon tea served on location.

See below for London's best afternoon tea bus tours, afternoon tea cruises and combined afternoon tea and attraction tour tickets.

1. Afternoon tea cruise on the Thames

City Cruises Afternoon Tea Thames River Cruise. Image courtesy of City Cruises

Float along the river and admire London from the water during an afternoon tea river cruise on the Thames, taking in the capital's iconic skyline, from the Houses of Parliament to The Shard. A cup of tea in one hand, a scone in the other, it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon in London. Vegetarian and other dietary options available (order 72 hours in advance).

Departure point: Tower Pier, London EC3N 4DT

Tour duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prices from £52.00 Book now

2. Afternoon tea bus with panoramic tour

Admire the most famous sights of London, from Big Ben to the Tower of London while tucking into an afternoon tea aboard the afternoon tea bus tour. ©

See the city from a new perspective on this afternoon tea bus with panoramic tour. As you set off aboard a traditional double-decker bus, get ready to spot some of London’s best sights from the comfort of your seat on its upper deck. A unique sightseeing experience made all the more enjoyable by the selection of sweet and savoury treats and a glass of prosecco. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available (order 72 hours in advance).

Departure point: Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SR

Tour duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prices from £45.00 Book now

3. National Gallery highlights tour and afternoon tea at Ochre

Enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea at the National Gallery. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Home to a collection of more than 2,600 famous paintings spanning 700 years, the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square boasts some of the world's most iconic masterpieces. Explore the elegant building with an expert guide, learning the stories behind these works of art. After the tour, delight in a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and seasonal pastries in the gallery's Ochre restaurant. For any dietary requirements, you can inform the venue when booking your tickets.

Departure point: Sainsbury Wing Foyer, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Tour duration: 4 hours
Prices from £108.00 Book now

4. Bustronome afternoon tea bus tour

Bustronome afternoon tea bus tour. Image courtesy of Bustronome.

Experience 360-degree views from Bustronome's afternoon tea London bus tour. This double-decker bus has a glass roof, so there's nothing to block your view of the capital's Insta-worthy sights! Offering a gourmet afternoon tea to match the stunning surroundings, this is the perfect luxury afternoon tea bus tour. All special meal requests, including the vegetarian meal, must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Departure point: Coach bay 40B, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6PB

Tour duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Prices from £70.00 Book now

5. Buckingham Palace tour and afternoon tea – best afternoon tea tour for groups

The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Image courtesy of The Royal Collection and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Photo credit: Derry Moore.

Start the day with a tour of majestic Buckingham Palace. Explore the 19 State Rooms, each exquisitely decorated and filled with many historical artefacts and treasures. Next, make your way to Browns Victoria for a succulent afternoon tea. The bustling brasserie serves a delicious assortment of savouries, warm scones with seasonal jams, and irresistible desserts. Alternatively, hop aboard a panoramic afternoon tea tour bus to tick off even more iconic London sights. Greeted by a glass of prosecco, indulge in delightful sweet and savoury treats as you bus your way around London. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halal menus available (request 24 hours in advance).

Departure point: Outside Queens Gallery Entrance, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA

Tour duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prices from £69.00 Book now

6. Brigit's Bakery afternoon tea bus tour

Admire incredible views of London while tucking into delicious treats on an afternoon tea bus tour. Image courtesy of Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour.

Hop on a striking pink double-decker bus and explore London while indulging in gorgeous afternoon tea treats with a Brigit's Bakery afternoon tea bus tour. Enjoy recorded commentary as you spot sights such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Nelson's Column while tucking into sweet and savoury delights. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halal menus available (specify upon booking).

Departure point: Gate O, Victoria Coach Station, London WC2N 5BY

Tour duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

7. Royal Albert Hall afternoon tea and tour – best afternoon tea tour for couples

The Royal Albert Hall © Marcus Ginns. Image courtesy of Royal Albert Hall

Go behind the scenes of the spectacular Royal Albert Hall with a visit that includes the stunning auditorium, views of the Royal College of Music and the possibility of seeing artists rehearsing for their evening performance. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a delicious afternoon tea in the venue’s Coda Restaurant. Enjoy delectable finger sandwiches, scones and music-inspired cakes as a nod to the venue's legendary performances. Choose from classic, vegan or children's afternoon tea. Other dietary requirements can be specified upon booking directly with the venue.

Departure point: Door 12 (south entrance), Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Tour duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
There are plenty of ways to enjoy afternoon tea in London, experience an unusual afternoon tea or sip on bubbles with a champagne afternoon tea.