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All aboard B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus!

Afternoon Tea bus B Bakery

I was invited to an event by Buyagift to experience B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. All opinions are my own and are an honest review of the experience.

When an invite landed in my inbox to join some fellow bloggers on a tour around London whilst enjoying afternoon tea, my immediate reply was ‘Count me in!’. Is there really any better way to spend an afternoon? I think not.

So what exactly is afternoon tea?

I’m sure I don’t need to explain what afternoon tea is but if I do… it’s a quintessentially British tradition of having finger sandwiches or savoury treats, followed by sweet treats and of course, tea. Scones with cream and jam are often involved too. It’s usually enjoyed late afternoon – which leaves you with the conundrum of whether to eat lunch or not…

What makes this afternoon tea unique?

It’s true that there are hundreds of places to experience afternoon tea in London so we’re spoilt for choice. However, the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour by B Bakery is a really fun and unique experience as it takes place on a 1960s Routemaster bus!

The 1960s routemaster for B Bakery afternoon tea

Where does the route take you?

Whilst you indulge in tasty treats, the bus gives you a guided tour around London – from the starting point near Trafalgar Square, you drive through the heart of the city, taking in historical sites such as Big Ben, Nelson’s column and Marble Arch. You also get to go through South Kensington, past Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall and through colourful Notting Hill. I have to say it was quite hard to hear the commentary over the speaker but that’s because we were all talking too much!

What’s the food like?

Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of afternoon teas and the food on offer from B Bakery was definitely some of the best I’ve had.

Before being served the food we were asked if we wanted to start with Prosecco or tea. As I like to eat my savoury selection first (everyone does that, right?) I opted for the Prosecco. This isn’t included in the ticket price but can be purchased as an add-on. Note, you cannot purchase it on the bus so book in advance.

The savoury section consisted of finger sandwiches and rolls and none were soggy! The fillings included smoked salmon and cucumber, ham and cheese, cucumber and cream cheese and ham, tomato and rocket.

Savoury selection from B Bakery

I thoroughly enjoyed the savoury selection but I have to say, I was salivating over the cakes! Just look at them! By coincidence, I had actually visited their bakery in Covent Garden two days earlier and enjoyed their macaroons so I knew we were in for a treat.

Close up of afternoon tea cakes

In terms of hot drinks, you can order a range of teas (including herbal), hot chocolate or an Americano, cappuccino or latte macchiato. Spoilt for choice! As you’re on a moving bus, the hot drinks are served in the cutest reusable cups that you get to take home with you!

Reusable cup from B Bakery

If I was REALLY forced to choose a favourite sweet treat, I’d have to go for the one that had a fresh raspberry on the top. It was sort of like cheesecake and I could have scoffed all four of them! Genuinely there was not one sweet treat I didn’t enjoy – and I tried every single one of them.

What to know before you go

There are a few things worth knowing before you go. There is no toilet aboard the bus so make sure you go beforehand. There are two different locations to board the bus – Victoria Coach Station and Northumberland Avenue – and different tour times so check the website for details. If you want to sit upstairs, then make sure you arrive early and don’t be late as the bus will leave without you! The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half, dependent on traffic and costs £110 for two people. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant – not a problem. Just call them beforehand to let them know.

If you don’t finish the food, you get to take it home with you – along with the gorgeous reusable cup.

Take home treats from B Bakery London

I thoroughly enjoyed the B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour and huge thanks to Buyagift for the invite!

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B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.

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2 COMMENTS

  • Nikki Hall

    I love Brigits Bakery, my parents ordered a surprise afternoon tea picnic for my 30th and we sat in Greenwich Park and ate it drinking Pimms! I would love to board the Afternoon Tea Bus though, that would be fab!

    • Kirsty Marrins
      AUTHOR

      That sounds like a lovely treat, Nikki! The Afternoon Tea Bus is really fun – especially for a special occasion.

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