One of my favourite things about writing this blog is that it opens my eyes to new experiences – doing all kinds of things I wouldn’t normally think to consider. Take London – a lot of people who actually live in the city don’t tend to buy into the tourist attractions and sightseeing side of things. Living and working here, I find a lot of it can pass you by – there’s such a temptation to stick to the usual work, drinks, Netflix binge routine, saving your inner explorer for holidays and weekends away. I’ve lived here for over two years now, and thankfully I do still have some ‘new Londoner’ naivety and excitement left, which is why I jumped at the chance to board the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus thanks to Thistle Hotels.
Departing from a spot near Waterloo station, the Afternoon Tea Bus is an old Routemaster, converted to feature tables and using the old bus seats. When the bus arrived to pick us up, Becky and I indulged our inner children, storming our way up to the front seat on the upper deck. We were met with sandwiches and cakes at our seats, which we quickly tucked into (probably more quickly than anyone else on the bus!). The variety of both the savoury and sweet treats was brilliant – I loved the little salmon canape and the mini custard doughnut best. As well as food, we were provided with branded orange juice and hot drinks in the cutest branded cups – which you can actually buy as a souvenir of your trip.
The tour took us around some of the best-known London sights (read more about them with Thistle’s Top 10 London Attractions), including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. Each table had a guidebook on it, full of facts about the places we were driving past and adorable illustrations. I actually learnt a few things, as well as having plenty of chats and giggles with Becky and Haydy – particularly when we spotted rude road signs and cute dogs!
As we rolled up Oxford Street towards the end of our trip, Claire and Jasiminne treated us to an impromptu Backstreet Boys duet – seriously, bloggers karaoke NEEDS to happen! The tour was loads of fun, and great for a different twist on both the traditional tour bus and afternoon tea concepts. The level of branding and effort that had obviously gone into creating the experience was incredibly creative and well thought-out, even down to the little details like the branded orange juice. A great idea for tourists and Londoners who want to see their city differently alike, I’d definitely recommend spending a sunny afternoon aboard!
For more information on BB Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus. visit their website here.