Taking a Ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus

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Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

Anyone coming to London will be spoilt for choice when it comes to afternoon teas. We seem to have it all here from super luxurious afternoon teas to disney themed afternoon teas. I’ve lived in London for over 7 years now so of course i’ve tried my fair share of London afternoon teas in that time.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

Thanks to the wonderful Brittany from The Sweet Wanderlust coming to visit I think I can now saw I’ve found London’s quirkiest afternoon tea. The lovely people at B Bakery have combined two loves of mine to create one super afternoon tea. Their Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour combines gin tasting and afternoon tea while touring around London on an iconic red bus. If your London bucket list includes gin tasting, afternoon tea and a bus tour, you can tick all three items off in just one afternoon. Perfect!

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

We made our way to Vauxhall bus station where the bus departs from. I’m not ashamed to say that we were two very excited girls as we made our way to the bus. Please note that the Vauxhall bus station is a short walk away from Vauxhall station so it’s best to check where it is on a map before you go!

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As we took our place in line we were surrounded by groups of parties all as excited as us and we quickly started making friends. It was such a relaxed environment and everyone was up for some fun. I couldn’t help but feed off their energy. I couldn’t wait for the gin lovers afternoon tea to start.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

Thankfully it wasn’t too long before we were being taken to our bus. We stepped on and were instantly impressed. It was the cutest London bus I’ve ever seen! In front of us tables of 4 had been set up, each with a colourful spread of delicious looking food. My mouth was watering just by the sight of them! I couldn’t wait to start the gin lovers afternoon tea. 

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

We sat down and instantly starting inspecting the food in front of us which looked amazing. It was presented so well and I especially loved how colourful it looked. We happily tasted our way through the selection. My favourite had to be the super cute looking pink buns filled with cream cheese and salmon. They were simply incredible!

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

While we were enjoying the delicious food in front of us, we were treated to three Haymans Gin cocktails. Up first we had a classic gin and tonic cocktail. This was my first time trying Haymans Gin and I can definitely say I’m now a fan!

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

Next up we went a little fancier with a prosecco with gin and elderflower. It even came topped with an edible flower. This was probably my favourite but they were all good. Last up we had a gin and lemonade cocktail. This one came in a larger glass so there was more of it to enjoy.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

What makes this afternoon tea different from the others you can do around London is that while you’re enjoying your cocktails and food, you’re also being driven around London on an iconic London red bus. Throughout the afternoon tea the music gets turned down so everyone can learn some interesting facts about London. Ok, for me these weren’t new facts but for tourists visiting London this is a great way to learn more about the city.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

The music they play by the way is what helps make the gin lovers afternoon tea such a great day out. Throughout our afternoon tea we got to enjoy non stop upbeat 80s music. We were happily dancing away to the likes of Wham! while enjoying our food and cocktails. I’m not ashamed to say that we were also having a little sing song too.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

Once we had finished enjoying our gin we opted for some tea. It was afternoon tea after all! As we were on a bus it was served in a travel mug. The mug was super cute and I’ll admit that a part of me was tempted to slip it into my bag but thankfully I didn’t have to as we were each given one to take home at the end. I’ve happily used mine around London.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

Overall I’m so happy with the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more! We got to enjoy some delicious food from B-Bakery and try a new gin that I will definitely be buying in the future. We were treated to so much food we couldn’t possibly finish it all so we were very happy when we were given boxes to put our leftovers in.

Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

 

Key Information

  • Tour buses depart from Victoria Station at 17:30 so arrive 10-15 minutes before to allow time to board the bus
  • Price of the tour is £55 per person
  • Tours last 1.5 hours
  • Only available to those 18 or over
  • The tour will need to be booked online in advance
  • Be aware that there is no toilet on board the bus!
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available but this will need to be specified at least 2 days before the tour
  • B-Bakery also offer a sit down afternoon tea for those who don’t want to drive around while eating

 

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Taking a ride on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea - London, UK

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41 Responses

  1. Loved it! next time that i’ll be in London i’ll do it for sure!
    Also the fact that there are vegan option for it makes it easier for my wife to go!

    • They’re really great at accommodating diet needs. Just make sure to give them at least 2 days notice so they have time to make some delicious vegan food 🙂

  2. This is awesome! My husband’s favorite drink is the gin and tonic. We’ll have to do this the next time we’re in London without the kids.

  3. This is genius! Here in Budapest, we have bear bike tours – but this gin lovers afternoon tea bus trip beats it. Cannot wait to try this one on my next visit! 🙂
    P.s. The travel mug is cute as hell 🙂

  4. What a fun idea to have tea while being driven around London! Those little treats and cakes look absolutely special and I’m glad they tasted delish! I also love that they have vegetarian and vegan options so people don’t feel left out!

  5. We think this is a culinary experience that everyone should try at least one time in lifetime. The day we will be in London, ww’ll do it for sure!
    The food looks so so delicious WOW

  6. Afternoon Tea or a Cream Tea, so you can feed your brain, mind and tummy all in one experience! This might just be the tastiest way to see London is touring the sights in a vintage Routemaster double-decker bus while enjoying a cup of tea and an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

  7. I live in London and I have never done this – I will be now! Love how many food items were oh so pink and the red bus themed coffee cup! This is right on my to do list.

  8. This sounds like so much fun and the food looks delicious! Definitely a unique adventure to add to a London bucket list.

  9. This sounds like too much fun! One just can’t go wrong with good food AND London buses 🙂

  10. Danila Caputo

    We’re packing for London and this article made us want to leave as soon as possible! We know that London means great afternoon teas, but we had no idea about the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: what a great idea! I’d be a very excited girl as well!

  11. This is delightfully touristy, but I love it! Tea…gin…little cakes…sightseeing…this has everything I adore.

  12. I’ve done the non-gin version of this and I do think it’s a great way to see the city. You can find better cakes elsewhere, but not with the quirkiness of the bus tour – and if you happen to be short of time it’s a great way to see a bit London in comfort. As for the gin – well what a great addition!

  13. This is a super cool idea they have. I want to go to London now just to try this. My husband loves to eat so I know he will enjoy it. I like that they combine the iconic bus with afternoon tea. Really really a cool idea.

  14. Ha I actually did this as well, to create a video for Henheaven. I loved it! Never knew I liked macaroons until I was on the bus. I also love the fact you get to keep the cup at the end, a great souvenir.

  15. Interesting take on afternoon tea, looks like you guys had fun! We are not drinkers so a gin tasting would not be for us, but I definitely love a good afternoon tea. The food looks delicious!

  16. This sounds like an amazing experience! It combines a fun bus tour (which i love), with a food/drink experience (which I love even more). I’ll definitely be checking it out on my next London visit

  17. Wow.. Iope i can experience like that,. Looks so fun,. I will probably add to my bucket list..

  18. I actually went back to read the title again to make sure I understood correctly…gin and tea? Then understood quickly when reading, “quirkiest afternoon tea.” Brilliant! Love this post. This is the sort of different that I like to experience, especially when traveling. My son is reading along with me while I looked at your post. He got excited and wanted to do it also…the sweet looked delicious. I had to tell him, he’s 8 yrs old, that you had to be at least 18 yrs old to book this gin and tea tour! Beth

    • Glad you liked the post 🙂 Your son wouldn’t be allowed on this gin lovers bus but they do also do a normal afternoon tea bus he’d be old enough for. It’s exactly the same as this one just without the gin cocktails. Think children just have to be over 5 for that one

  19. wow.. lovin’ it..you seemed to have had good fun.
    Going to be in London soon and definitely on my list. I wanted to do the red bus and tea. I have never heard of this option. Thanks for sharing..

  20. Ohh wow! Such a cool idea to spend a vacation in London. I really love the idea that while you’re on a bus, you can enjoy a delicious food at the same time enjoying the view outside. Thanks for sharing this informative post!

  21. I have never heard of this and I live in London!! So cool, I might treat my Mum to this 🙂

  22. Everything about this is just awesome, from the elderflower gin and cute food selections, to the awesome travel mugs and 80s music. I’ve never actually done the afternoon tea thing, but if I were going to do it, it would definitely be this one!

  23. Yes, London is the capitol of afternoon tea! I’ve had my fair share of high teas in the stiff upper lip setting of luxury hotel lobbies, but I LOVE the twist on the Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour! The gin scene in London is epic, so what a way to combine two iconic elements of the food / drink culture. I call dibs on the raspberry tart on the top platter – actually, I’ll let you have the sandwiches and I call dibs on the whole top platter lol!

  24. This sounds right up my alley, I love gin, and afternoon teas! I do get a little motion sick though, so I’d have to face the front on the bus, I think that would be ok though – I wouldn’t want to miss out on all those gin cocktails!

  25. Loved your experience. Those tea cups with bus print on it would make a wonderful collectible. I liked the neat arrangement and presentation inside. The color theme too gets you excited and eager 🙂

  26. Such a unique experience! I’m not the biggest gin lover, but maybe I’d surprise myself by trying this 🙂 I also love how vegan options are available! Thank you for posting this. Definitely inspires me to try it when I’m visiting London!

  27. Such an unusual experience you have done, so lucky!
    I didn’t know this thing really exists, so thanks for sharing and letting me know.
    I’ll do it for sure next time I’ll be in London.

  28. I love a good afternoon tea, but I’m not such a fan of gin, although, that would be for the hubs. He loves it. I just want to ride around on the bus and eat…that looks amazing.

  29. The quirkiness of pairing gin with the afternoon tea is just so odd to me but damn, it looks like so much fun! I would LOVE doing this tour. The pink boxes are so cute and the pastries and tea sandwiches are darling. Thanks for sharing. Adding to my next UK travels list.

  30. Why haven’t I heard of this before?! I totally love afternoon tea, taking a train is sooo British (right, Miss Marple?!) and there’s nothing wrong with getting a teeny bit tipsy already in the afternoon once in a while. So there is already one activity carved into the itinerary of my next London trip.

  31. This sounds like a lot of fun. That food looks amazing. It must be enjoyable to drive around town on a big red bus while grooving to 80s tunes. Of course, I groove to 80s tunes, but I’m not a passenger on a big red bus.

  32. I’m so glad you got to take home the leftovers! That’s always a shame when are too full to finish the lovely treats and then have to walk away from them! This looks super fun – I love the idea of it being held on one of those iconic red buses in London! The food looks delicious – I would have been all over that salmon and cream cheese!

  33. Damn! That food presentation was superb! I always knew that afternoon tea was a thing in London, but never knew there was such good food also along with it 🙂

    Tea and gin in a bus sounds like a perfect afternoon plan 🙂

  34. Amazing !! I guess it would be a wonderful experience for any one. Tea and Gin with bus tourseems to be a perfect combination. I will surely try this once I make UK tour 🙂

  35. Oh wow. This is absolutely dining and touring in style. Sumptuous food and wild drinks to go along with awesome scenery at the same time.

  36. I’ve had some amazing afternoon tea in London before, but never inside a bus! The food looks incredible and I’m sure that it is a fun experience, will definitely try it out next time I go to London 🙂

  37. This seems like so much fun! I would love to do this if I visit London! The buns with salmon and cream cheese do look super yummy! Nice that the people joining you were all fun and you guys even had a sing along together! What a blast!

  38. I have never heard of this before but it looks like great fun! And those treats look so delicious! I would definitely try this, but I wonder if I would be able to eat everything since I often get car sick when I don’t see where the car is going.

  39. Getting me all so nostalgic as I used to live in England and have proper teas lol. I try to do similar here but…sight. Lovely.

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