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Bateaux London, London

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Board the Symphony or Harmony at Bateaux London to experience dining on the Thames with views of the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, and the London Eye. Afternoon tea served onboard includes pastries, scones, and finger sandwiches. A pianist plays while you eat, and there’s commentary afterward. Make a reservation on the website well in advance as space on the boat is limited. The Symphony is an all-glass boat with a 360-degree view, so book this vessel for the best sightseeing. With our custom trip planner, London attractions like Bateaux London can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The timing is respected... starting 12:30 and 2:00 pm return. Access is close to a Metro and mouth between the bridge of Waterloo and Big ben. We had taken the supplement elite to be close to the windows. It's really a plus. The meal is very correct (attention not bread for the frenchies). Le.personnel is friendly. Really feel. .. It's very nice
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  • We booked a private room for afternoon tea but on arrival were seated on separate tables in the main dining area. We were served a plate stand of food designed for 2 people to be shared between 4. Foo...  more »
  • Everything about this experience is well thought through and of good quality. Table service was efficient. Commentary good also.  more »
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  • Fantastic experience and a great way to see the sights. Very spacious onboard and staff very friendly. If you want a relaxing cruise along the Thames this is the way to do it. The afternoon tea was good however the scones were exceptional, champagne was very nice and staff very friendly. Alisha was our waitress who made our trip extra special. This was a surprise treat for our friend who was over the moon especially when they did the extra touch of playing happy birthday along with a sparkler brought to our table. Would definitely recommend this company
  • The cruise itself was nice. The entertainment was good. The service was just okay. The food was not worth even a third of the price, though. The presentation was nice but otherwise not worth it.
  • Really nice cruise. If you choose the symphony boat you will be able too see the thames and the buildings all around you as it is completely covered with glass panels. The food is really good, fine dining food, with small portions but interesting tastes. Staff was friendly the first time I went but a bit rude the second time.
  • Food and band good. Service appalling slow. Waited ages for order to be taken. Wait between courses so slow we missed coffee and cheese and biscuits as boat docked and we had taxi waiting.
  • Took my girlfriend here for a Wednesday night cruise. Boarding was 15-20 minutes late, but we left approximately on time. The atmosphere was great, but I was surprised by the number of business men (roughly half of those attending). I was expecting mostly couples. The music was great: a live piano player and a decent male singer. The lighting was generally good, although there was a regular flickering of a main light above the small dance floor. This alternated the room from a bit too dark too a bit too bright. Food was good. Guests should be aware that paying for the premium window seating and drink is probably worth it. People that paid we're always served first; we waited an hour before someone asked us if we wanted anything, and we never received our coffee at the end of the night (not that we needed it). You can also go to the top of the boat, but this is not advertised. The stairs up from the dining room are closed off. You need to walk to the back past the bar to go outside. The views from the top deck are spectacular so I wish the staff had mentioned this was open. We didn't realize this until much later.
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