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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • I took my partner here for the dinner cruise which was amazing. The food is excellent, the service attentive and the after dinner entertainment was the perfect end to our night. I totally recommend this experience if you want something unique and special. The views of London at night from the water were fantastic and the boat is very sooth in case you are concerned!
  • Had a lovely meal last night on the dinner cruise. This is the 2nd time we have been. The food is fantastic as is the view. The service could not be faulted, staff are attentive and I would thoroughly recommend this to everyone. We will be returning again. Thank you
  • I booked this cruise as a surprise birthday celebration for my boyfriend and it definitely lived up to my expectations. We enjoyed a lovely (rain free) evening on the Thames with beautiful sunset views and delicious food. The dock was easy to find using the instructions in the email and accessible via tube. Our waiter was very kind and attentive and the drinks were very reasonably priced!
  • Food is decent, but service was somewhat lacking. The waitstaff serving our table is great, but obviously more help can be provided to him. We didn't get any coffee / tea after, and didn't even get water. Toilets are surprisingly smelly.

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