Love afternoon tea? Love New York? Just want to get into the warmth in the winter or air conditioning in summer and still see all that New York City has to offer? Then travelling freelancers and digital nomads you have to check out this alternative way to see the Big Apple – and it comes with scones and clotted cream. The Tea Around Town bus is a charming double-decker transformed into a mobile tea room, rolling through the heart of New York City.
Indulge in Elegance on Wheels
Imagine sinking into plush pink sofas adorned with pearls, sunlight streaming through a glass roof as iconic landmarks dance by. Or for those who are gasping for more than just a cuppa and want to give their feet a rest, then this is for you.
What is unique about the tour is that it isn’t just sightseeing, it’s an Instagrammable afternoon tea adventure. Imagine capturing yourself with the Empire State Building as your backdrop while clinking china cups with friends and loved ones.
Tip: There is a minimum of two tickets per booking.
A Feast for the Senses:
But the magic goes beyond aesthetics. Tea Around Town offers a 3-course gourmet tea experience with a choice of a standard or premium menu. Delicate finger sandwiches, decadent pastries, and scones with clotted cream and jam add to the whole experience. There are also savoury selections. Wash it all down with bottomless tea, or add a touch of bubbly with a glass of champagne.
Explore & Unwind:
The unique 90-minute experience (appx. 75 minutes touring; appx. 15 minutes boarding/disembarking) includes an expertly curated route that takes you past must-see sights like Times Square, the Chrysler Building, and Central Park. Learn fascinating facts about the city from the onboard entertainer, or simply relax and soak in the vibrant energy of New York.
- Departures: Daily 6-10 trips per day
- Departure point: 42nd St between 5th & 6th Ave across the street from 11 W 42nd St.
- How to board: Scan your e-pass, no print-outs needed
- Boarding: 15 minutes before departure time
Bonus Tip: Book your Tea Around Town tickets and accommodation early, as this unique experience is sure to be a hit.
Prices: There are special deals, especially around the holidays and discounted rates so check the website for the latest packages and prices.
Suggested New York accommodation and flight deals
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Remember to consider your budget, travel dates, entry requirements and desired location when choosing your accommodation and flights. With some planning, you can find the perfect deals for your New York City adventure. And remember there’s always pocket-friendlier Brooklyn to consider for accommodation.
For a Group of Friends on a Budget but love a Social Atmosphere and access to classes
Selina Chelsea (Chelsea, Manhattan): This hostel is perfect for budget-conscious groups with stylish bunk beds in shared dorms or private rooms. It has a lively atmosphere with a rooftop bar and lounge, perfect for socialising after a day of exploring. Plus, it’s located in a central area close to major attractions like Chelsea Market and the High Line.
The William Vale (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): This trendy hotel has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and East River. It offers spacious rooms with plush amenities, perfect for a romantic getaway. Enjoy their rooftop pool and bar, or take a stroll along the waterfront.
Park Central Hotel (Midtown West, Manhattan): This family-friendly hotel is located near Central Park and Times Square, making accessing all the child-friendly attractions easy. However, check out the reviews on Tripadvisor before selecting as rumour has it has just one lift, which means a lot of waiting, according to several reviewers.
British Airways offers direct flights from several UK cities, making it a convenient option for families. If you are a frequent flyer with the airline you can also scope for flight and accommodation combo deals.
Check out British Airways which has announced its “largest annual sale”, with more than 80 destinations available to book on ba.com until 30 January, 2024. Discounts on transatlantic routes include return flights to New York from £356, to Orlando from £386 and to San Francisco from £415.Business Traveller
Consider Norwegian Air from London Gatwick to Newark Liberty International Airport. This budget airline offers direct flights with competitive prices, especially if you book in advance. Consider flying on weekdays or during off-peak hours for the best deals. They even have a Low Fare Calendar.
Bonus Tip: Check out these websites to compare prices across different airlines and booking platforms. You can also sign up for email alerts from airlines and hotels to be notified of special deals and promotions:
Google Flights: https://www.google.com/travel/flights
Can’t make it to New York?
Then try a similar experience in jolly old England with Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour | Golden Tours. At the time of writing, there were still spots available over the Christmas holidays.