Bateaux London, London
Categories: Tourist Spots, Ships
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Bateaux London and other London attractions using our handy London holiday planner.
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The food was good. We had a nice table by the window and our service was excellent. Just a shame we couldn't hear the sightseeing commentary very well.
Visited with my friend for her birthday. Arrived at Euston from Birmingham and got the underground to the Embankment. The boarding was opposite the station so easy. We boarded the Symphony and was gre... read more »
Booked the evening dinner cruise as a birthday treat and we had a wonderful evening. The cruise was very well organised , the food was good, wine was unlimited, the staff were friendly and attentive a... read more »
A lovely experience. Cruising along the Thames with our afternoon tea. Afternoon tea consisted of salmon and cream cheese sarnies, ham and mustard mayo and cheese and cucumber, followed by a scone with clotted cream and jam and with a beignet, eclairs, macaroons and a passionfruit meringue tart. We opted for a soft drink as it was hot outside and didn't fancy tea. We had the afternoon tea and went upstairs to take in the view for the way back. We were upset to find that when returning to our table a bill was presented to us for our coke- with no prior warning this was chargeable and was offered to us instead of tea!! So beware of that if you go on this tour- only downside.
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.
A great experience - combining fine dining with a very smooth cruise on the River Thames. It was perfect birthday celebration good food and good music to eat to and to dance to. We were welcomed aboard and the service, especially from Sharon our waitress, was wonderful. Thank you to Bateaux London and Andrew Harrison Events Director 25 May 2016
My Wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the 'classic' Sunday Lunch jazz cruise. We were on the Harmony, which has a fantastic viewing space on the boat's roof. The weather was great so this was much better than the glass-roofed Symphony, which we also saw on the river at some point. However, if it had been raining, this would not have been the case. The food was nothing exceptional but it was of a good standard, nicely presented and arguably good value. The staff were very polite, smartly dressed and made the experience all the more pleasant because of it. We live in the suburbs of London, so seeing the sights / taking pictures was not our priority. It was more of a day out without the kids, but having said that we were taking a lot of Facebook-worthy pictures from the viewing deck in the sunshine, and that made the cruise all the more special. The band were tasteful and played a set of classic jazz covers, with some great vocals. I've seen a lot of jazz bands and they were clearly very experienced. Overall, we'd definitely recommend it. It's not cheap but given how expensive some things can be in London, we thought this was good value. Only real negative was that they served instant coffee at the end of the meal. Given the quality of everything else, this was disappointing. Even cheap filter coffee tastes much better - so hope they change this.
The food was good and the view was magnificent but the experience was marred by the attitude of the person in charge of our table as he was a little short with us as if our asking him questions was too much for him . We were a group of eleven Indians and that was the only blip on an otherwise lovely experience
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