The boats they use have huge windows, so every table has a good view of the London landmarks floating past the window.
During the cruise you will be served a coffee, cocktail, and a four-course meal from the a la carte menu. A typical menu might include Butternut Squash & Coriander Veloute, Duck Liver Parfait, Carpaccio of Heirloom Tomatoes, Slow Braised Feather Blade of Beef, or Saffron Potato Gnocchi. Desert might be a choice between White Chocolate & Raspberry Ingot and Vanilla Soya Milk Panna Cotta (menu is subject to change).
A live band will play a selection of jazz tunes while you eat, and something a bit more uplifting for the after-dinner dancing.
Note: Children under the age of 16 are not permitted, and the dress code is smart to formal. No denim or sportswear is allowed, and a jacket and tie is encouraged for gentlemen. They might refuse to let you on if you turn up in the wrong clothes. See bateauxlondon.com for more details.
If you'd like a cruise down the river without the food and drink, then there are several companies that offer sightseeing tours. City Cruises is the most popular, but we prefer the smaller boats of Thames River Services (TRS). Thames Clippers go a lot further (all the way to The O2), but they don't provide any commentary onboard. Check out our page of sightseeing boats in London for our full list.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises – Every day – City Cruises offer one-way, return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich, stopping off at Tower Bridge.
Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat! – Every day – A trip on a Thames Rocket is something you'll never forget, speeding down the river underneath the London's bridges.
Thames Clippers, from Putney to Greenwich – Every day – Thames Clippers offer one-way, return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich.
Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea – Every Sat – Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament, and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames.
Afternoon tea in the Palm Court, at the Ritz Hotel – Every day – Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel, in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court.
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason – Every day – Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason.
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If you enjoy Bateaux London then you might like to visit City Cruises (you can walk it in 7 mins), Jason’s Trip (catch the train from Westminster to Warwick Avenue), Thames Rockets (you can walk it in 6 mins), Thames Clippers (you can walk it in 6 mins) and TRS river cruise (you can walk it in 7 mins)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans