Having afternoon tea in London is always something I’ve wanted to check off my list! After loads of research, I was so excited to try the afternoon tea bus tour offered by Brigit’s Bakery. Not only did we get to have afternoon tea but also ride on a vintage double-decker bus all around London. Such a fun and exciting way to spend our first afternoon in the city!
Booking Process & Cost
Booking Online is super easy!
The process was easy and straightforward. Bookings are quickly completed online through the company’s website. During the booking process, you can select which table you’ll be sitting, which menu you require, or if you’d like any of their available add-ons such as champagne or a souvenir.
The traditional afternoon tea bus tour starts at £45 per person plus any additional items you decide to add on. We added on a half bottle of champagne for £28 extra.
Time to get on the Bus!
What a gorgeous vintage double-decker bus!
We chose Victoria Coach Station as our departure point. When you first arrive, check the screens by the main doors to see which gate the bus will depart. The bakery asks that you arrive twenty minutes before your scheduled departure time.
After a long day of travelling, we were excited to get going on the bus. But we ran into a bit of a speed bump when we didn’t board the bus for almost thirty minutes later than our scheduled departure time. We sat waiting for nearly forty-five minutes at the bus station waiting. And if you’ve ever been to Victoria Coach Station, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s not exactly somewhere you’d like to hang out. I was a bit annoyed.
Once we got on the bus, my mood quickly lifted. I was so pleased with everything I saw. The decor is so cute. I loved the retro look! The tables were set, and the food looked delicious! The tea tray was filled with tasty looking sandwiches, muffins, desserts and pastries all ready for us to dig in.
The Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Starts!
Here we go!
During the afternoon tea bus tour, you’ll cruise by some of the most famous tourist sites in London, such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, St.James Park, Harrods, and Westminster Abbey to name a few.
But if getting a tour of London is your main reason for booking this bus tour you may be disappointed. With the general ambient noise from the other guests chatting and eating plus the sounds of the bus and surrounding traffic, it was pretty hard to hear the tour all the time. If you are looking for an informative tour of London, I would not recommend the tea bus for this reason.
Once you’re whizzing through the crazy London traffic. Bouncing and bumping around on the bus, with the din of the other passengers. Plus, all the yummy food in front of you, the tour becomes the last thing on your mind
And you still do get to see some of the sights. For first-timers to London, the general splendour and craziness of the city are fascinating!
Food & Drinks
Once the bus tour has started on its way, the staff stops by each table and takes your drink order. You can choose from a long list of teas, or if you’re not a tea drinker, they have coffee, cappuccino, lattes, hot chocolate and water. One of my favourite things was the spill-proof cup that they gave us our hot drink in (which we got to take home!).
Alcoholic drinks are available but must be pre-purchased when you complete your booking. They are unable to sell any alcohol during the bus tour, so if this is something you’d like, make sure to add it to your cart during your initial booking. We purchased a half bottle of champagne to drink during the trip. It was the perfect amount for us for the time available after we had our cup of tea.
There were two staff members on board with us plus the bus driver. They were super friendly and accommodating. They were happy to provide us with tips and advice for travelling in London as well as just a friendly chat.
There are so many different afternoon teas available in London, so once we narrowed it down, it was pretty easy to choose this company on its uniqueness alone. The idea of having a tour of London while having tea sounded like a lot of fun! And it was!
- The food was delicious, especially the desserts!
- The staff was friendly and helpful.
- The rush of the city passing by created a fun backdrop to our first British afternoon tea experience.
Our bus tour left Victoria Station and toured around the city for about an hour and a half, and we enjoyed every minute of it! I would do it again for sure and recommend it to anyone travelling to London!
- Have you been on B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour? What did you think?
- What other unique afternoon teas are a must-do in London?
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Thanks for your review, it makes me want to book right now! 🙂 I have a question, which seat do you recommend on the bus? It is better left or right to see more things? thank you very much in advance