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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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  • August 20, 2017
    We went on the Sunday lunch Jazz cruise and enjoyed every minute. The check in and waiting area were professional and spacious. We booked the Premier package which was definitely worth the extra as it...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    We went on the Symphony for a Sunday Lunch Cruise with a jazz band. The food was excellent as was the service. The beer and wine were no more expensive than going to a restaurant. We were extremely lu...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Eight adults from London had a dinner cruise up and down the Thames. As evening gave way to night there was always something new to see on the banks of the river. The food was surprisingly good and a ...  more »
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  • Comfortable seating delicious food even my husband enjoyed it and he's a fussy eater. Very helpful staff Jason our server was very accommodating when we asked if we would sit at a spare table by the window which he managed to do. The whole experience was excellent with commentary detailing points of interest as we cruised the Thames. Will definitely book again but must remember to request a window table in advance.
  • Really enjoyed the afternoon tea cruise. Food was yummy, the views were great, and the staff was very friendly!
  • Comfortable seating lovely food and very helpful staff. Could not want for more. The whole experience was excellent and we actually discovered things about London we were unaware of. Will definitely book again and take friends.
  • We booked the Symphony for an evening Dinner and Dance cruise but were left disappointed. Four out of five of the roof glass panels had their blinds closed so, for the majority of diners (and they do pack them in), no skyward views :-( The food was okay... nothing more. Cold bread with rock-hard butter at the start of the meal; cold treacle tart at the end (we resorted to warming both over our table candle). The cruise was billed as "Live band and after dinner dancing" but, with the courses so laboriously paced, the boat had mored up and the band packed away by the time we'd finished desert. We did wonder why people were dancing BETWEEN the courses - clearly they'd booked before! You can do much better for your money in central London.
  • Wheelchair accessible... providing you can push the chair up the ramp then you're on, no help from anyone. We boarded and were taken to our table, not a window seat so that was the first disappointment. We were enjoying our food and piano etc and were asked "were we celebrating anything"? I said we were recently married in Melbourne Australia at the British consulate and this was our honeymoon but when it came to the announcements nothing was said, pure discrimination against two men! Very disappointed. So if you're gay and taking this trip you best keep it to yourselves because this company doesn't like to take the first step and share to all the other guests. Would i recommend it? Based on that experience No i would not.

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