The combination of cruising up and down the river Thames, eating great food and enjoying entertainment sounds incredible. But how good is the food? How comfortable the ship? And how amusing is the entertainment? Read what previous guests of Bateaux London Cruises think of their dining experience.
About Bateaux London Cruises Bateaux London Cruises seeks to give you an unforgettable dining experience, while providing you with a brand new perspective of the city: from the river Thames.
Bateaux London Cruises has its roots in the 1960s, when it was still called Catamaran Cruises. Catamaran Cruises had ten boats, and only focussed on sightseeing. In Paris, there was already a company that gave people the ‘restaurant cruising’ experience. This company was called Bateaux Parisiens (Parisian boats). This company expanded to London, and brought the cruising and dining experience to Londoners.
As such, Bateaux London was created in 1992 and immediately distinguished itself with the unique look of its boats that brought a bit of Parisian culture to London. Making a full commitment to restaurant cruising, Catamaran Cruises was sold in 2007, leaving the company’s attention solely on restaurant cruising.
Bateaux London operates two vessels: Symphony and Harmony. Symphony has a glass structure, enabling guests to fully take in the views from the river Thames. Symphony can welcome 260 guests to its dining experience.
Harmony boasts a Scandinavian design and has the largest observation deck on the Thames. It features private dining rooms and can welcome 200 guests for a seated dining cruise.
While the route passes many London landmarks, the specific route changes continuously depending on the tides and the length of the cruise. Sights that you may see include:
Palace of Westminster
Bateaux London's presentation of its dinner cruises. Does the video properly represent what the actual dinner cruise is like?
Service Bateaux London offers four different types of cruises: dinner cruises, lunch cruises, afternoon tea cruises and Sunday lunch cruises.
Dinner cruises start with an arrival drink and feature a four course à la carte menu with Fair Trade tea and coffee after desert. The dining cruises last for two hours and three quarters and feature a live band. You can upgrade your experience by adding house wine served with dinner, adding an extra course, champagne, after dinner liqueur and a guaranteed window table.
Lunch cruises last one hour and a half and feature a three-course set menu, coffee and tea and a sightseeing audio commentary. You can upgrade your experience by adding house wine and a guaranteed window table.
For an afternoon tea cruise, you will be served a selection of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and teas. There will also be live entertainment and for a surcharge you can add champagne and secure a guaranteed window table.
Sunday lunch jazz cruises last two and half hours. You will be served a three course set menu and coffee or tea. There is also a live band and with a “premium” you an add wine and be assured a window seat.
Questions, comments, complaints and reviews You can send Bateaux London an enquiry, call them (020 3504 8031), fax them (+44 (0)20 7839 1034) or write them:
Bateaux London Embankment Pier Victoria Embankment London, WC2N 6NU
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My experience with CRUISES has been quite profound. I am a travel blogger and travel a lot, like all the time. Honestly, sometime I prefer to go with cruise for two reason, experience the tour and getting out of that usual flights and roadways journeys. It's peaceful actually. with Bateaux , it was one of the best experience I had. Their infastructure of crusies is at another level. Highly beautiful, interiors are exotic, food, shows and a lot They run two cruises Symphony and Harmony -- both I have travelled. ITS PERFECT AND I have even wrote a piece about my experience in my blog as well.