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The London Afternoon Tea Bus

Last year a friend stayed with us for a few weeks and as a thank you she sent us on BB’s Afternoon Tea bus tour I really enjoyed the experience and thought I’d share it with you.

We were on the upper deck and I highly recommend it to see above any crowds and get a bit of a bird’s eye view on things. You hop on the bus at Victoria coach station, where you get shown to your bus and your seats. Before you is a plethora of afternoon tea deliciousness.

It’s a truly British attraction, getting to see the sights of London whilst quaffing tea and scoffing scones all wrapped up in a red routemaster bus!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The tour begins with sandwiches, a selection of sweet treats (vegan and gluten free options available) and a choice of hot or cold drinks in a reusable cup.

The route is a classic whistle stop tour of London, taking in Hyde Park, Kensington, Notting Hill, Marble Arch, Green Park, Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Westminster and back along to Victoria.

The sandwiches were delightful featuring coronation chicken, only right when going past the gardens of Buckingham palace and I loved the duck pate in little cones.

A weird yet fantastic combination was the cheese, walnut and honey. Inspiring and certainly a firm favourite!

The green choux pastries were lovely, chock full of custard.

A fruit tart, creamy topping, tart filling. Pure yum.

However, I wasn’t so keen on a cake that I’m not sure what it was with a coffee/nut type taste, a bit bland though with a dreadful texture base, extremely crumbly and grainy. But don’t let that put you off as the rest was wonderful!

Half way through they’ll bring round the entity that makes an afternoon tea proper, scones, clotted cream and jam.

After all that, even Patrick was full, which is saying something!

When we were about to leave they come round with cardboard boxes for any leftovers and the revelation that you get to keep the reusable cup!

We both really enjoyed it and learned some fun facts about London monuments and areas we had never heard before.

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