London: Cream Tea on the river with MBNA Thames Clippers

Those of you who have read here for a while will know that if I was compiling a list of favourite things, both London and afternoon tea would make the cut. So when I was very kindly invited to enjoyed some scones, tea and champagne aboard one of the MBNA Thames Clippers boats that whizz along the Thames, I was oh-so-happy to say yes, please!

We boarded the boat in glorious sunshine at London Bridge pier and set off for our hour long journey along the river. From the pier we headed west taking in so many London icons from our excellent vantage point on the river – the Shard, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament. The company was charming, the tea delightful, and the views incredible.

I love the many different skyscrapers we get in London – the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin…

The pier we boarded from was right next door to the HMS Belfast, which was looking resplendent in the summer sunshine.

The clippers are a familiar sight to those of us who live and work in London – I’ve taken them for short hops before, but this was my first opportunity to enjoy a cream tea!

I’m always happy to see scones. And champagne. Love the Boden dress I chose for our outing, too!

We sailed past Shakespeare’s Globe…

…the London Eye…

…arcades filled with shoppers and café patrons…

…the impressive buildings of the Embankment…

…the Tate Modern (and we went far along the river to spot Tate Britain too!)…

…and the pomp (and scaffolding!) of Westminster.

All too soon our hour was up and we turned around to approach the pier ahead of disembarking – this afforded a great view of yet another London Landmark, Tower Bridge!

The cream tea cruise departs from London Bridge pier at 3.30pm and lasts for one hour. While aboard as well as taking in the views there’s a guide telling you all about the things you are seeing. Prices start from £16.90 for the cream tea and sightseeing cruise or you can opt to  upgrade to include a glass of Champagne. I’ll certainly be adding to my list of things to do when family or friends come to visit town. You can find details and book your own visit here.

Thank you very much to the MBNA Thames Clippers team for inviting me, I had a marvellous time!

Disclaimer: As mentioned, I attended this as an invited guest and my tea and trip was complimentary. All views, snaps and words my own.


  1. Angie Silver
    25th August 2016 / 8:39 am

    I love this idea for a unique afternoon tea!

    • Claire
      30th August 2016 / 9:15 am

      It was really lovely, Angie – such a wonderful way to see the city.

  2. Amanda
    25th August 2016 / 10:06 am

    It sounds like a wonderful outting! xx

    • Claire
      30th August 2016 / 9:15 am

      It was really lovely, thank you – perfect day for it!

  3. charlienin
    25th August 2016 / 11:38 am

    Gorgeous photos! CxCharlie, Distracted

    • Claire
      30th August 2016 / 9:15 am

      Thank you darling, very kind of you!

  4. Riot Kitty
    25th August 2016 / 6:34 pm

    You look so lovely, Claire!

    • Claire
      30th August 2016 / 9:16 am

      Oh thank you darling – that's so kind of you!

  5. Rhian Westbury
    26th August 2016 / 3:23 pm

    I've been meaning to do something like this for ages, like you I love London and love cream tea x

    • Claire
      30th August 2016 / 9:16 am

      It's well worth it – such a fun trip!

  6. Melanie Ed
    26th August 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Love the photos, it sounds like you had a lovely time.

    • Claire
      30th August 2016 / 9:20 am

      It was such a lovely day – perfect weather for it!

  7. Emma Copland
    30th August 2016 / 9:30 am

    Getting the clipper is one of my favourite things to do in London but it looks even better with champagne!!Emma Inks

    • Claire
      31st August 2016 / 6:57 am

      It was such a treat! And as teas go, quite reasonable given the food, bubbles and the view.

  8. Emma Julia
    1st September 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Now THIS is how to spend a London summer afternoon!

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