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Bateaux London, London
(3.9/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Had this evening trip booked by the kids for our 40 th anniversary from the moment we got on the boat it was a great experience the food was great the cleanliness of the vessel next to none the Jazz a...  more »
  • Whilst waiting to board 'The Symphony' we sat in an area that moved very slightly against the current of the Thames, so take your travel pills early if you are partial to nausea.. we were greeted and ...  more »
  • Wow what a birthday Treat that was, our friends bought us a lunch time cruise on Symphony, on arrival we had a lovely area to wait in, when we boarded we were very pleasantly surprised it was a beauti...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Excellent afternoon seeing the London sights from the water all while having an excellent 3 course meal with wine and coffee for afterwords all while listening to a live jazz band. The staff were great and the food was superb, highly recommend.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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