Sunday, 30 November 2014

Bateaux London


On Thursday, Graham and I headed up to London to have a rather fancy and very delightful lunch on the River Thames, courtesy of Virgin Experience days. We hadn’t visited London for ages and it’s always been on my list to go back – even better when it’s nearing Christmas time and the lights are on!

We had an absolutely delicious 3 course meal on the Bateaux London – a cruise that sets off from Embankment Pier and lets you see the sights of London whilst enjoying your lunch. We’d never set foot on a boat on the Thames before and we were both surprised to find it solid as a rock! It would be easy to forget you were on a boat if it we weren’t for cruising past the sights so effortlessly! It was great to not have to battle with the crowds and get photos of all the landmarks without leaving our seats. We were sat by the window, which meant we had great views of all the landmarks, and the tour was very thorough and fascinating as we sailed all the way to Canary Wharf and back again. History merged with interesting facts meant the tour was detailed and very easy to listen to.

Now for the best bit – the food! I was so impressed and we wolfed down every meal, paired with a bottle of wine that is included in the Premium Package. The starter was smoked and poached salmon terrine on multigrain bread with pickled cucumber, followed by the main which was my favourite dish. We had chicken ballotine with sweet potato mash and green beans – it sounds simple but it was so creamy and delicious. I can’t wait to try my own hand at sweet potato mash at home – total convert! One thing I was super impressed with was that it came out piping hot. All the food is freshly prepared and cooked on the boat so a big winner for me. Finally, the pudding was a vanilla pannacotta on a chocolate almond macaroon with raspberry coulis – as delicious as it sounds. This was all followed by a cup of tea, the perfect way to end the meal. Our waiter Jason was extremely friendly and helpful, and all the staff at Bateaux London were smiling and courteous. One more thing that sings their praises is that they are happy to change any of the food to suit your dietary requirements, even though this is a set menu.

We really enjoyed our lunch on the River Thames – I think it would be a great addition to a day trip in London and the perfect gift for a loved one this christmas. A little word to add though is that the boat was very hot. Make sure you wear layers that you can take off because the heat got a bit overwhelming by the end! A huge thank you to Virgin Experience for our day out – I’ll be posting some more photos from our trip to London on the blog very soon!

Bateaux London Lunch Cruise
courtesy of Virgin Experience
All views our own


  1. Lovely photos of London!x

  2. Wow, you have such beautiful photographs! It looks like you had an amazing time ^_^
    Excited to see more soon!

    Jemma xx