As a general rule, I never eat on public transport. A definite no… however, last Friday I made an exception when I was invited to experience the B Bakery Gin lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour.
It didn’t take much convincing – cake, gin and a tour of London on an vintage routemaster bus, lit up with twinkly lights is my idea of a perfect night out. It was amazing and the perfect post-Christmas treat to banish those January blues.
My good friend Jamie from Beauty Rocks Blog was my date for the night and we had a great time catching up whilst enjoying a tour of London (which included the Lumiere Festival) whilst sipping gin cocktails. The bus itself seats 28 and the tables are set up as booths to seat four and two seats at the front of the bus for those who wish to take in the view. The top deck where we sat was very spacious and there is enough room for everyone to breathe and have an intimate time within their own groups, so you will never feel claustrophobic. You will never feel like you’re sitting on a bus during rush hour and if you’re lucky enough to get a nice group of people on the same tour, it creates a really nice atmosphere. We had a few excited tourists and a group of ladies celebrating a birthday, so we all sung happy birthday when her candle lit surprise cupcake came out. It was lovely.
The afternoon tea is served in the traditional manner of a two tiered stand full of gin infused delights. I am pescatarian so my dietary requirements were taken whilst booking (gluten free also available) so I was extremely happy with the selection of perfectly cut, cheese and cucumber finger sandwiches, smoked salmon blinis, cheese and mushroom tarts, a cheese and pickle brioche and a mozzarella focaccia. The meat options included coronation chicken focaccias and ham sandwiches.
The star of the show for me were the cakes. They were presented beautifully on top of the stand and looked delightful. The mini patisseries included delicious raspberry tarts, chocolate cupcakes, lemon drizzle and a beautiful custard filled choux bun. Just when I thought I had enough, a warm, mini scone with clotted cream and jam was served to me on a seperate china plate.
We were served three Hayman’s Gin cocktails throughout the tour in plastic glasses which fitted perfectly into the table rests. There were a few spillages when the bus jerked and when it went over bumps, but the staff were fast with the cleaning. I am a lightweight, so I have to admit, I have never really enjoyed London’s iconic landmarks whilst tipsy, it was a completely new experience. It definitely beats taking a night bus home from central London after a few gin & tonics!
B Bakery Gin lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is a perfect way to spend time with friends on a special occasion and definitely one to try when you have friends or family visiting. The staff are friendly, the tour is informative and the food and drink is traditional and delicious. I have afternoon tea all the time in London and this has been one of the best experiences I have had. My tour was at night, so I am definitely going to book it again during the day as it will be a whole new experience. The tour will take you round Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more. The London sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic).
Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea takes place January and February, Departing 17:00 from Victoria Coach Station. Book HERE
*Please note, the bus leaves at 5pm on the dot and not a minute later so get there early.