Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour of London Review
Going for afternoon tea in London is one of my very favourite things to do. I’ve had afternoon tea in lots of different places across London, but I’ve wanted to try Brigit’s Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour for ages. Finally, last weekend, my wish came true, as we booked it for a friend’s 40th birthday. Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour is afternoon tea with a difference. It takes place on a gorgeous old red double decker Routemaster bus. It’s been lovingly restored and decked out with pretty faux flowers, making it the ideal place to celebrate a girlfriend’s birthday, or anniversary.
Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
The afternoon tea bus tour goes around central London, taking in lots of tourist favourites, as you eat delicious savoury muffins, sandwiches, scones and cakes. Just take a look at the food… mouthwatering, right?
The tour lasts around an hour and a half, so it’s not quite as leisurely as some other afternoon teas I’ve had. It’s still more than enough time to enjoy all the food.
How It All Works
Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour runs like a dream. You book online, and at the allocated time, head to Victoria Bus Station and wait to be called on to board. Admittedly, it’s not the most glamorous place to start your tour, but it’s super easy to get to. Depending on what time of day you go, you may board in a different place, but it’s nice and clear when you book.
Because you book online, you get an allocated table, so don’t worry if there are loads of people waiting to get on – it’s not a free-for-all! We were booked onto the top deck, so we had a fab view.
We had two tables with the aisle in between. We’d ordered two veggie afternoon teas, and two with no mayo. The ladies who served the tea told us where to sit to make sure we got the right ones.
The bus is so cute, with decorated tables and faux flowers strung up over the windows.
Where the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Goes
The afternoon tea bus tour takes a nice drive through central London, and there are cute little maps showing you the route. So you get to see Trafalgar Square, Big Ben (sadly shrouded in scaffolding at the moment) and Downing Street, amongst others. Because London is always so busy, the bus goes pretty slowly. That means you get a good look at the scenery!
I would say Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is a good way to see the sights of London… but we were all chatting so much, and enjoying on the food, that we didn’t look out of the windows that much. I did take a couple of snaps of the sights, but it was a bit of a grey day sadly.
There is a pre-recorded commentary, giving facts about London, but we struggled to hear it, over the chattering and laughter! That was not an issue for us as we all know London fairly well. If this is your first visit to London, however, you may want to book one of the normal tour busses to get all the info.
The Food on Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour of London
So on to the main event: the food and drink! Which I’m delighted to say was absolutely delicious. The cake stands were already on our tables when we clambered onto the bus, so I was a little worried. I was afraid they might have been sitting out for a while, and dried up. But I’m pleased to say that they were perfect.
Drinks On Board
We were served our pre-ordered Prosecco in plastic glasses to stop breakages as we were being driven along! We also ordered our choice of hot drink in a cute branded reuseable travel mug, which we got to take home at the end.
Those lids were vital, as were the drinks holders in the tables, as just like any normal bus, it was quite a bumpy ride!
Food On Board
Aside from the plastic cups, everything else was served on cute china plates, with real cutlery. We started with a delicious savoury spinach, feta and sun-dried tomato muffin.
Next there are four dainty sandwiches, each on different bread. For the vegetarian option, the sandwiches are:
- pesto pretzel with cherry tomato and mozzarella
- minty cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwich on beetroot bread
- brie cheese burger with salad and mustard mayonnaise
- wholegrain bread finger sandwich with cheddar cheese and mayonnaise
For the traditional option, the sandwich fillings are:
- smoked salmon with cream cheese, chives and cucumber
- minty cucumber and cream cheese sandwich on beetroot bread
- pastrami burger with tomato, salad and a mustard mayonnaise
- ham and cheese sandwich with wholegrain mustard mayo on granary bread
Next, there are lovely light scones, jam and cream. To my delight, they didn’t have raisins in them, so I didn’t have to pick them all out.
Finally, the dessert tier contains a scrumptious selection of pastries and cakes. We made a valiant attempt to finish everything, but did have a few leftovers. We took them home in little pink cardboard bags to enjoy later.
If you’re need a vegan, Halal or gluten-free menu, they are available too. You can check out the menus by clicking through the appropriate words, and there is also a pescatarian option. Do note, however, you will need to pay an extra £3 a person for the vegan or gluten-free menu, which seems a bit harsh! Also note, although they do a gluten-free option, it’s not suitable for coeliacs. This is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers either, unfortunately.
Things You Need to Know
The one thing to watch out for, is that there is no toilet on board, and the bus doesn’t stop. And those reuseable cups do hold a lot of liquid, so plan ahead, especially if you have a post-childbirth bladder! The bus also stops and starts quite jerkily, due to other traffic. I recommend holding on to your Prosecco/Champagne glass, as they are top heavy and even in the drinks holder, they can tip over.
How to Book
If you like the sound of the Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, you can book on their website here, with prices starting from £45. I think they must have a scale of pricing depending on the day, however, as ours was a hefty £65 each, plus the price of the Prosecco. I think it’s a little cheaper on the bottom deck too.
Would I Go On Another Afternoon Tea Bus Tour by Brigit’s Bakery?
Yes, in a heartbeat, for another special occasion. The whole experience was brilliant. The food was delicious, the bus was gorgeous, and it was great to see London from a different angle. It’s certainly not the cheapest afternoon tea in London, but for novelty value, for a special occasion, it’s so memorable.
It’s such a treat to enjoy afternoon tea, and to do it with some of my uni friends, was brilliant. I think it’s really important for parents to have time away from the kids every now and then.
We stayed over in a nice Air B&B and spent the evening catching up. It’s funny, we were at uni together twenty years ago, but we all said we didn’t feel any older. Apart from our bursting bladders at the end of the bus tour! Our photos (and the time we went to bed) may tell a different story, and we did *mainly* end up talking about the kids, but we still feel like twenty-somethings on the inside.