The perfect Afternoon Tea bus tour of London!
Yes the B-Bakery bus tour is that perfect combination of both afternoon tea and a bus tour of central London. Imagine the faces of all those on ‘regular’ red London buses, or even those on the open top tours, as you whizz past with a cake stuffed in your face…. pinky extended for class totally! So that’s the basic concept – afternoon tea on a bus as it goes through London traffic past major tourist sites.
What’s better is that Brigit (the B of B-bakery) Bakery makes amazing cakes! The tea and other drink selection is also top notch. The bus has attendants ensuring that everyone is fed and watered and to ensure safety and there are announcements about all the sites you go past. I was lucky that my sister bought this as a birthday treat for me and my mum.
The bus departs from gate 1 in Victoria Coach Station, so we waited until called forward to board the converted Route Master:
You would easily spot this bus in traffic! We had a table on the top deck, so we headed up to see where we were located:
The conversion has resulted in 2 tables of two facing forwards at the front of the bus, then another 4 tables sitting up to four (we were on table 6). The seating was the old routemaster seats, so a bit snug on a hot summer’s day! Each of the tables was set up with our afternoon tea and cup holders ready for our tea or hot/cold drink of choice. There was a definite flowery feel about the bus with the pink highlights and the flowers everywhere too!
Sarah had ordered the special book for us to take away – it included the route of the bus tour and information on all the sights we saw. Note that the bus has no toilet and children under 5 aren’t allowed… but enough of the boring stuff! On to the food:
So this is what greeted us when we boarded… nom! I couldn’t wait to get stuck in, but we had to wait to take photos obviously….!
We had mini smoked salmon and cream cheese bites (or mini bagels sans hole?); chicken salad sandwiches; cucumber sandwiches (naturally! It’s not an afternoon tea without!); mini quiches; and mini baguettes with tomato, cheese and pesto. Basically a lot of yummy stuff!
Now this is where the party is at! First I have to say I adore their cake stands… such cute details!
On our bus tour we tucked into mini chocolate cup cakes; mini lemon meringue pies; the random mini cake with cream and healthy fruit; and those delightful jam and custard filled doughnut thingies… (technical term – they are the red ones with the green blobs on top! oh and they were so tasty!!)
When you had eaten most of this and drunk your tea/coffee/hot chocolate/cold drink, they brought out scones!!!
These traditional treats served with proper clotted cream and strawberry jam defeated the rest of my party. But not to worry if you don’t finish everything, they have take away boxes so you can enjoy later!
Well I was happily stuffed by the end of our bus ride. The amount of food and the time actually worked quite well, and with the take away boxes available you didn’t have to eat all of it if full. We enjoyed this pretty girly afternoon (the rest of the bus was filled with a baby shower!). We did see that you can arrange to bring bubbles should you be celebrating a special occasion, so that’s one to consider.
I’m tempted to try out their other bus tours with gin (obviously!) and the sushi and cocktail one with Hayman’s gin looks fabulous too! Ps we did lord it up over the regular bus users going past and waved like the Royal family lol! Check out the details on their website here: B-Bakery afternoon tea bus tours
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