Bateaux London Cruises

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Bateaux London Cruises
Matt Freestone

Bateaux offers a host of different cruises along the Thames. The Afternoon Tea cruise is a trip for two on board the Scandinavian-designed boat Harmony with its open deck and floor-to-ceiling windows from which to see London's famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and the London Eye. Enjoy an assortment of teas, sandwiches, pastries and scones as well as musical entertainment. The cruises depart from Victoria Embankment.

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Venue name: Bateaux London Cruises
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Address: Embankment Pier
Victoria Embankment
London
WC2N 6NU
Transport: Tube: Victoria; Rail: Victoria
Price: £59
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tastemaker

The Bateaux London river cruises make wonderful presents so being the recipient of such a present, two of us left Embankment Pier at 12.30 for a two nand a half hour cruise with lunch and jazz band. 'Symphony' had tables ready for lunch and we were escorted to our table. Although there was no open deck, there were two narrow decks that a few people could stand outside on at once unlike a sister boat, 'Harmony' which seemed to have an outside upper deck.

The hors d'oevre was a medley of beetroot with a beetroot sorbet. Tasty and light. I might have preferred an accompanying dressing though. The main course of roast beef, vegetables and potatoes was good and just adequate. Our waitress was not as attentive as others who were offering jugs of water and later, horseradish. We had to ask . The drinks were expensive. A dash of raspberry coulis under my dessert had hardened but was otherwise good. Coffee and a mint completed the meal. So, the meal wasn't large with the portion size.

The jazz band were very easy on the ear and a lovely addition. The cruise down the river was, as always, wonderful. It's a special occasion as it's not cheap but it does make an afternoon memorable.

Tastemaker

My friend and I did the lunch cruise. It's was a fun couple of hours and very well organised. The views of London were fantastic. But the food was very diasappointing. The chicken main course was very dry and had no taste at all. The drinks on board were also quite pricey. Great views and service, butter food was disappointing.