I had a bit of a culinary adventure when I visited my old school friend, Lesley in London recently. Have you read about my experiences of Sketch and The Sky Garden? You must .. I recommend it! This time I’m sharing all about our fabulous afternoon tea bus tour.
Quintessential British afternoon tea aboard an iconic, London double decker bus. Yes you read it correctly. When my friend booked it she decided to choose the gin lovers option. After all, what goes better with cake than gin cocktails? Oh yes!
We were to arrive at Victoria Coach Station in time for a 17.30pm departure. As soon as we saw the bus decked with fairy lights there was an air of excitement. From what I could gather the buses are full quite far in advance. As everyone took their seats the feeling right off the bat was that it was going to be fun.
The tables were already set with our tea. Scrumptious little morsels of prettiness. As we set off the first gin cocktail appeared as if by magic, too. We had three different concoctions throughout the tour. You’ll just have to believe me that they were all gorgeous because I can’t remember what they were called. We were having so much fun.
The festive tunes were banging out and everyone on the bus really got into the spirit. We were all singing along and waving our arms about to ‘Last Christmas’ at the tops of our voices at one point. Everyone in the traffic as we went along were waving at us. Hilarious!
These next couple of photos are some professional ones from the B-Bakery website. This is more or less what our tea consisted of and it all tasted gorgeous. We thought we might not finish it all as we were so busy drinking and singing but guess what? We did! No surprise there, then 😉
Ours had a few festive touches like candy canes and crackers. The gins were made up with a brand I hadn’t heard of before .. Haywards. We sampled three different drinks and they were all extremely easy to drink.
The map below shows the tour the bus takes across the city. Highlights are places like Piccadilly, London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. The only thing I would say is that taking the tour in the dark in the depth of Winter is perhaps not the best recommendation if you haven’t seen the sights before. I wouldn’t recommend it as a first time tour of London. Daylight hours on the top deck would be better if you’re a first timer.
The experience cost us £56.00 each which I think represents good value for money when you think of the quality of the food, the cocktails and the bus tour itself. It also includes a goody bag .. mine included the tour book which my friend had paid a little extra for as a souvenir of our day.
What’s not to love about Christmas afternoon tea whilst sipping gin cocktails on a big red bus?!!
I’d love to do it again in the Summer. I hear they do a river tour, too … count me in, gin lovers 😉