Sightseeing tours can be lengthy and tiring, especially with children and, more particularly, if you are a little strapped for time, but still want to take in the main London sights. Well, we have recently experienced a London sightseeing tour which was neither lengthy, nor tiring – in fact, it was a totally novel and fun experience!
The BB Bakery, the French owned shop and café in Covent Garden, has done up a 1960’s vintage Routemaster red bus and equipped it with comfortable seating and tables, all set up for afternoon tea.
And it’s quite some afternoon tea! You can enjoy being served delicious sandwiches, mini quiches, cupcakes, scones (with jam and cream) and macarons, all while driving past London’s main sights – The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.
The sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic). Departure times are at 12.30 or 15.00, from Northumberland Avenue, just south of Trafalgar Square.
Costs are £45 for adults and £35 for children from 6 – 11 years. It’s also worth remembering that the bus can also be hired exclusively for special events, such as a hen party, birthday or corporate event.
A nice touch was being given a box at the end of the tour to take any leftover edible goodies home. However, if you find yourself craving for another of the incredibly delicious macarons and cupcakes, you can purchase these at the Covent Garden BB Bakery, or enjoy afternoon tea downstairs where there is a tea shop, plus several private rooms. And it need not be a cup of tea – here you can also splash out on a champagne tea, including a glass of French Champagne Rosé La Romantique!