AFTERNOON TEA ON BB BAKERY’S LONDON BUS TOUR

Love London?

Love cakes and tea and pretty green sandwiches?

Love the idea of seeing all the touristy parts of the city without getting swallowed up by actual tourists in actual tourist hell?

Then I think you’re gonna like this:

IT’S AN AFTERNOON TEA BUS!

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BB Bakery is a chic little cake shop and bakery in Covent Garden.

They’ve now expanded into doing teas on boats as well as buses, and everything is beautifully branded with their super stylish illustrations.

I think we were all a bit worried about how serving a whole afternoon tea on an actual moving bus was going to work.

What about plates sliding around the tables? And cake trays throwing macarons everywhere??

AND OHMYGOD WHAT ABOUT BOILING HOT WATER TIPPING OVER AND BURNING US?!

But, actually, everything is both super safe and super efficient.

There are adorably illustrated travel cups for your hot drinks, with little cup holders dug into the tables so there’s no danger of spillages at all. (Unless you’re me. Obviously.)

Orange juice is served in bottles. Cake trays are longer than is traditional, with only two tiers, for extra stability.

The plates are even semi-attached to the table with little suckers!

They’ve thought of everything, and it actually makes for a really comfortable experience.

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The food and drink selection is brilliant.

We started with little bottles of orange juice and an extensive choice of hot drinks: from coffee, to hot chocolate and several different types of tea.

Then there was a fantastic tray of savouries: smoked salmon and soured cream on blinis; chicken salad rolls; mini mushroom quiches; ham, cheese and mustard mayo sandwiches, as well as cucumber sandwiches (on green bread!).

The blinis and mini quiches were my absolute favourites. Gotta love a bit of smoked salmon!

For sweets we had mini raspberry cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting; delicious choux pastry buns filled with custard (everyone LOVED these); gingerbread sponge with custard and berries; and the richest, squidgiest, best macarons I’ve ever had in my entire life.

Honestly, they were OUT of this world.

Definitely worth trotting down to Covent Garden for a box I reckon!

BB also provide gluten-free, vegetarian and halal options, so no worries on that front. If there’s anything you can’t eat, they’ll replace it with something else no problem.

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Scones are the ultimate element of an afternoon tea aren’t they?

I think I could manage without everything else, but English Breakfast tea and a scone is a must for me!

The afternoon tea bus scones are fresh, crumbly and split perfectly down the middle without the need for a knife.

They come with individual tubs of proper Cornish clotted cream (that crust!) and teeny tiny jars of strawberry and apricot jam, and are an absolute perfect finish to the meal.

Especially when they come accompanied by views like this!

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The tour bus route starts by Trafalgar Square before looping around Big Ben, Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus and finishing back at the beginning again.

The waitresses were really friendly and helpful, and they’d occasionally point out certain landmarks which was a nice touch.

The only thing I can really suggest to make it even better would be if they maybe had a tour guide who could casually wander round and give a bit of historical info and fun facts about the places.

The views were obviously fantastic, but I would have loved to actually learn something as well.

(Kinda like the small tidbits of stuff I found out on this tour and on this one!)

That’s my only niggle though, as I absolutely loved everything else about it!

It’s not cheap, with adult tickets coming in at £45, but if you’re looking for a fab afternoon tea experience that’s a little different from the norm, this is definitely one to look out for.

You can find all the details about booking it on the BB Bakery website :)

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Massive thank yous to the lovely team from Rennie’s for inviting us down for this!

I initially thought it was a bit of a weird choice but actually, if you think about it, it makes total sense.

Because when you have indigestion from too much cake, who’re you gonna call?

RENNIE-BUSTERS!

(Sorry. I’m done. Bad jokes over. For real.)

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  • This is such a lovely idea! The food looks delicious (scones are the bestest) and the views look great too :) xx

    Toasty

  • Next time I’m in London I’m going to get on that bus. ALL THE FOOD, must eat ALL THE FOOD!

  • Yeah I probably WOULD need indigestion meds from having a big meal on a moving vehicle. ;) But this looks really cool, and I love that there’s a gluten free option! I would definitely consider this if someone visited me and we didn’t feel like walking to all the sights!

    Aisling | aisybee.

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    This is an amazing idea!! Sightseeing, whilst comfortably enjoying the cultural foods, what could be better?! Those scones though, lots of food jealousy going on here

    x

    https://siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com/

  • This looks so amazing. I don’t even think it sounds that expensive when you account for what an afternoon tea in London plus a sightseeing tour would usually cost seperately, and its such a unique idea. London bus + tea has to be the most British thing I’ve ever heard, and I’d love getting to avoid ‘actual tourist hell’ haha, I need to try this! x
    Hannah
    http://www.hannahbakesthings.co.uk

  • Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely amazing. Afternoon tea + touring London? That’s two brilliant things put together. I so want to do this! And can I just say, your photos are amazing.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • it looks amazing! Gutted I couldn’t make it! x

  • What a lovely idea, Afternoon tea while driving around London couldn’t be more perfect.

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • This is such a cute idea! I love that you get to sightsee while eating yummy food!

    https://thecourtneydiaries.wordpress.com

    • Multitasking activities that involve food win at EVERYTHING. Fact. xx

  • Rennie-busters, haha! Love it! This is such a fabulous idea, must go, must go! :)

    http://www.stylesunrise.co.uk

    x

  • I was meant to be doing this earlier in the year for my friend’s hen do but plans changed! Still gutted – even more so now I’ve had a good gawp at your cake photos!

    • Ahhh nooo! That’s a shame :( hopefully you’ll be able to do it another day Chloe!! <3

  • Ah I absolutely love afternoon tea so this sound super fun! Such a good day out!

    Beth x
    http://www.bethany-georgina.com

    • Afternoon tea is one of Britain’s greatest achievements in my opinion!! <3

  • Samantha Reba

    This is fantastic. I’ve been to London, but I plan on going back. Plus this is adorable and such a great way to see the city without the bustle of the crowds. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Samantha!! :) I think it’s great for people who aren’t very good with crowds (ie: me) as you’re not in the melee, but you can still see everything! xx

  • Hannah Cornish

    What a fab experience! The food looks divine x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

  • Omgosh. Tea buses are my favourite things EVER. There better be one at Glastonbury this year!

    Tara x

    • There’s one at Glastonbury?! That’s AWESOME!!! :D does it go round all the campsites or something? or is it just stationary? xx

  • I really want to go on one! or do i just want cake? haha =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

  • This looks like the greatest idea on earth and I am definitely going to find a friend who is up for this (or at least kidnap one!).

    captaincharghley.blogspot.com

  • BLOODY MARVELLOUS IDEA! It sometimes defies me how it such great inventions take so long to come about. And smoked salmon is always the highlight of the saviouries for me too! But clearly I need to try these ‘best ever macarons of your life’. Need to sign up. ASAP. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • This is an amazing idea and sounds wonderful! The cake looks so delicious, I love an afternoon tea xx

  • What a brilliant idea!! And dude, how amazing are your photos!!
    M x Life Outside London

  • Chloe Holgate

    i’ve seen a few people doing this it looks so lovely x

  • This looks wonderful I love afternoon tea and travelling at the same time to see different sights cool Lucy x

  • Can’t wait to be back in London and have afternoon tea! I had one in Chicago recently and it was AMAZING. I love having so many little things to eat at the same time ;) Sophie xx

    http://www.fashionnomads.com

  • This looks like the most perfect way to spend an afternoon! Haha, can’t believe it’s Rennie who invited you!

    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

  • This is such a lovely experience. I’d like to take my mum to London for her 50th and I think this could be a perfect way to spend an afternoon together.

    x

  • It’s a great idea to enjoy the afternoon tea while watching the sightseeing from the bus. Do you have to finish the afternoon tea when the tour ends or can you enjoy the afternoon tea on the bus as long as you want?

    • The bus journey is two hours long, and you do have to leave the bus after that time, but we got given little cake boxes so we could take home any leftovers :) xx

  • Kate Musgrove

    This is such a cute idea, and a great way to enjoy London without the hassle. I’d be interested in doing this if I was closer to London, or maybe if I visit sometime x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  • Cat

    Absolutely love this babe! Thankyou for such a great review. I’m going to look into booking this next month :) xx

    http://www.hello-cat.blogspot.com