B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
+020 3026 1188 • b-bakery.com/afternoon-tea/afternoon-tea-bus-tour
Opened in 2011 by French entrepreneurs Brigit and Philippe Bloch, B Bakery is a very pretty, hugely popular tea salon and patisserie in London’s Covent Garden. The brand, home of L’Afternoon Tea, is feminine, whimsical, and light-hearted, and it cleverly blends traditional British style with French chic. A “petite makeover” in 2016 added all the afternoon-tea experiences you could ever dream of—the B Bus Afternoon Tea Tour, the B Afternoon Tea Boat Tour, and the B Picnic. The company now has eight vintage London buses (each has its name painted just inside the door—Delboy, Rodney, Trigger, Marlene, Bisous, for example), and five trips a day take passengers on a gentle meander through London’s most fashionable neighborhoods and past the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and many more famous landmarks.
Book ahead to sit on the upper deck, or choose a table downstairs. When you climb onboard the big red bus, you will find your table set with bright pink napkins, pretty vintage china plates, and a colorful array of tea treats (neat finger sandwiches, quiches, smoked salmon blinis, scones, cupcakes, macarons, and other cute pastries) served on a two-tier cake stand. The tea menu offers Earl Grey, English Breakfast, green, jasmine, Darjeeling, Moroccan mint, or rooibos. Once you have chosen, your tea is quickly delivered in a tall, covered plastic cup decorated with images of red buses and other London scenes in whimsical B Bakery style, which you are allowed to take away with you when you leave. During afternoon tea, the cup sits in a neat little well in the table to keep it safe. The waiters and waitresses are charmingly French, give a gentle commentary during the trip so that you know where you are on the route, and make sure you have everything you need to make your tour joyful and jolly and unlike any other tea experience you’ve ever enjoyed