A tour of Central London, on a traditional red bus WHILST you have afternoon tea. I discovered that my dream could be a reality whilst reading this post from Jess-On-Thames and new that I had to try it out for myself.
After a stroll through London and a visit to the Tate Modern, I headed to Trafalgar Square with Mum and Niece Ella to climb onboard.
The traditional Routemaster buses were used in London from 1956 to 2005, so it’s lovely that BB Bakery have chosen one for their afternoon tea. The tables were set and ready for us to get tucked in. The food was fantastic, a great selection of sandwiches, rolls and mini savoury pastries to get us started. Both the meat-eaters and my veggie self were very happy.
Soon after we got moving the lovely staff started bringing round tea and coffee in delightful thermal mugs (you can buy one to take home if you wish – which I did, £10) It was such fun stuffing our faces and watching the highlights of London go passed our windows.
All conversation stopped for a moment when we started eating those cakes. Talk about bloody lovely, especially the mini key lime pies.
Soon after we had finished eating, the scones were brought out with fresh clotted cream and juicy strawberry jam. They went perfectly with our second cuppa. Don’t be put off if you’re not a fan of hot drinks, there is fresh orange juice available as well.
As far as being a tour goes, there was no live commentary, there was a book on our table to give us information on each major attraction that we went past. But to be fair I don’t think the Afternoon Tea Bus is really about that. We were having so much fun chatting and eating, we weren’t really paying that much attention to what was going on outside the window.
Sure we were having a quick glance at London passing by and it was great fun when we pulled up alongside another tour bus – they all seemed very interested in our tea and cakes! But this was all about the food and the experience of eating a proper afternoon tea on a traditional London bus.
This was a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours in London and I would highly recommend it, but not as an alternative to a normal sightseeing bus tour.
You can find out more on the BB Bakery website, seats book up very quickly, so if it’s something that you fancy doing, don’t wait until the last minute.