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B Bakery Bus Tour: The Best Afternoon Tea Bus Tour In London

Last updated on Mar 21, 2019

After six years of living in London I have started to acquire a taste for British food (some of it anyway), one of these being afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is a very traditional English meal composed of sandwiches and cakes. B Bakery offers this traditional English experience with a special twist, in the form of an afternoon tea bus tour! If you want to experience London in a different way, what could be better than seeing all the main tourist landmarks while savouring delicious food and tea? (Hint; nothing is). Read on to find out more about our experience on the B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London!

Getting ready for our afternoon tea bus tour in London

Getting ready for our afternoon tea bus tour in London

What is afternoon tea?

For those that aren’t acquainted with the glorious British tradition of afternoon tea, I figured I should give you a bit of an introduction about it. Afternoon tea is a meal first introduced in the 1840s, first as a mini meal between lunch and dinner so that one wouldn’t arrive at dinner too famished. It used to be a social event for high society ladies. Today it is still considered somewhat a fancy meal and will mostly be consumed on special occasions (unless you have a very traditional English grandma that will make you sandwiches, cakes and tea for when you get home from school). As the name implies it is usually consumed in the afternoon, however you can have afternoon tea as early as 12pm. It is usually composed of three parts; savoury sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones.

Our afternoon tea selection on the B Bakery bus tour

Our afternoon tea food selection on the B Bakery bus tour

The route of our afternoon tea bus tour in London

Our afternoon tea bus tour started at Victoria Coach Station and covered all the main landmarks in London. There is an automated guide voice that gives a short history of all the main attractions, but the staff will also chime in and talk about smaller landmarks that aren’t mentioned in the tape, which makes it a much more personal and interesting experience. Setting off from Victoria Station we first drove around Kensington, seeing main landmarks such as Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.

The B Bakery bus tour route

The B Bakery bus tour route

Driving past Hyde Park during our afternoon tea bus tour

Driving past Hyde Park during our afternoon tea bus tour

From there we drove on along the side of Hyde Park until we reached Notting Hill, where we then turned right and continued our tour around Hyde Park. At the North Eastern corner of Hyde Park we drove past Marble Arch, and then back south to Hyde Park Corner. Once we there we turned left and drove through central London, seeing Piccadilly Circus, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and we then ended our tour back at Victoria Coach Station. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour, but this really depends on the traffic (and the traffic in London can be pretty awful, but hey that means you get to enjoy a longer afternoon tea bus tour)!

The top deck of the B Bakery bus

The top deck of the B Bakery bus

Trafalgar Square as seen from the top deck of our afternoon tea bus tour

Trafalgar Square as seen from the top deck of our afternoon tea bus tour

The B Bakery afternoon tea menu

B Bakery offers a number of different types of menus and can also cater for most dietary requirements, whether you want to eat Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal or Gluten-Free, just make sure to say so when you book and the chefs of B Bakery will make sure your dietary needs are met. As per tradition afternoon tea is served in a tiered plate stand, with savoury sandwiches on the bottom plate and cakes in the top one.

The selection of sandwiches and cakes of our B Bakery afternoon tea in London

The selection of sandwiches and cakes of our B Bakery afternoon tea in London

Savoury treats

The bottom plate was filled with different types of delicious freshly prepared savoury sandwiches. Some were afternoon tea classics such as the Cucumber & Mint Finger Sandwich, the Watercress & Egg Pretzel and the Ham & Cheese Sandwich With Mayo & Mustard. The others were more original and I hadn’t seen them served before at afternoon teas, and included things like a Chestnut mushroom quiche, small BLT Burgers and Smoked Salmon Blinis (these were like small pancakes with cream cheese, cucumber and smoked salmon). These last three were my personal favourites as they were a bit different from what I was normally used to, and especially tasty.

Some of the savoury treats in our afternoon tea selection

Some of the savoury treats in our afternoon tea selection

Some of the sandwiches in the savoury selection of our afternoon tea

Some of the sandwiches in the savoury selection of our afternoon tea

Sweet treats

The top tray of our stacked dish was covered in an assortment of mini homemade cakes and tarts. My personal favourite were the Chocolate Mini Cupcake and the Lemon Meringue Tart. When we were about three quarters of the tour in and had gotten through most of our food we were served warm scones with jam and cream to end the afternoon tea. These are typical unsalted English cakes, to which you then add jam and cream to add flavour. They are traditionally always served with afternoon tea.

The selection of mini cakes & tarts at the B Bakery afternoon tea

The selection of mini cakes & tarts at the B Bakery afternoon tea

Scone served with jam and clotted cream on the B Bakery bus tour

Scone served with jam and clotted cream on the B Bakery bus tour

Drinks

As you may imagine, the traditional drink to have at afternoon tea, is in fact tea. B Bakery offers a number of different teas from Betjaman & Barton, including traditional flavours like English Breakfast and Earl Grey, but also more alternative flavours such as Darjeeling and Rooibos Jardin Rouge. If like me you’re not much of a tea drinker, don’t worry as they have other coffee and hot chocolate options.

Our B Bakery on the go tea and coffee mug

Our B Bakery on the go tea and coffee mug

Have you been on an afternoon tea bus tour before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below! I really enjoyed our B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour as it gave a creative spin to a traditional experience. Even after living in London for six years I really enjoyed driving around and seeing all the main landmarks and tourist attractions of London. The delicious tea, sandwiches and cakes was an added bonus!

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Want to experience a typical English afternoon tea with a special twist? Go on a B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London! That way you will be able to sip your tea and eat delicious sandwiches and cakes while driving around the main landmarks in London. Check out this post to find out everything about the B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London. #london #afternoontea #afternoonteainlondon #afternoonteabustour

Want to experience a typical English afternoon tea with a special twist? Go on a B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London! That way you will be able to sip your tea and eat delicious sandwiches and cakes while driving around the main landmarks in London. Check out this post to find out everything about the B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London. #london #afternoontea #afternoonteainlondon #afternoonteabustour

Want to experience a typical English afternoon tea with a special twist? Go on a B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London! That way you will be able to sip your tea and eat delicious sandwiches and cakes while driving around the main landmarks in London. Check out this post to find out everything about the B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour in London. #london #afternoontea #afternoonteainlondon #afternoonteabustour

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Lizzie Lacey-Brennan
    March 24, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this bus ride for so long, London and cakes….what more could you want!!

    • Reply
      queencafe777
      September 19, 2018 at 4:16 am

      I did the Afternoon Tea Double Decker Bus Tour last July2018 . It was one of a kind experience; we toured of the city sipping tea with scrumptious pastries and tea sandwiches. Service was great and audio of point of interest was clear and very informative. Easy booking; I took the 1230 tour from Victoria Station. For that person asking if there is a restroom in bus , there is none! So don’t drink too much too if that’s a problem LOL. But it is all worth it. ☕️🤗

      • Reply
        Greta
        September 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Haha yes good point on the toilet! But there are toilets at Victoria Station so you can go just before boarding the bus and then once the tour ends 🙂 It really is a lovely experience!

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    Josie
    March 24, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I’ve not been on an afternoon tea bus tour before, but London is home to “afternoon tea” and definitely the place to do it! Those cakes look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lucy
    March 24, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I was just in London last weekend and saw one of these afternoon tea buses! I thought they look great fun, see the sights and have a full tummy? This might sound like a strange question, but was there a loo on the bus? After drinking all that tea!

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    Maike
    March 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    What a lovely tour. Sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to try these mini chocolate cupcakes now 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristin
    March 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Greta this tour looks sooo quintessentially British! Tea Time at its best 🙂

  • Reply
    Jill at Reading the Book Travel
    March 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    This looks so much fun! As a Brit I also love that you have pointed out that afternoon tea is NOT something that the English do every day, which seems to be the stereotype. It’s a special occasion for us too – so this looks like a great activity for anyone to do in London!

  • Reply
    Ruchi
    March 27, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a great information and photograph with us. You are doing great work. Keep it up

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    Deborah
    September 14, 2018 at 1:20 am

    We took this tour last fall 2017. It was so much fun. As we gathered to board the bus, my husband started noticing there were only a few men in the group. He wasn’t so happy with me, but the food and many sights we passed turned him around. No doubt we would recommend this tour, especially to someone who has never been to London. Gives you a good over view of where sights are in town.

    • Reply
      Greta
      September 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      I agree, it’s a fun way to see all the main landmarks in London! And since there’s nice food and tea onboard you don’t mind getting stuck in traffic either haha!

  • Reply
    Janja
    September 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

    That sounds so amazing, and the food looks so tasty. Now I only need to get to London. 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

    • Reply
      Greta
      September 18, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      No problem, glad you enjoyed the post! Haha definitely worth a visit when you make it to London 🙂

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