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Bateaux London scoops top tourism award

Thames dining cruise company, Bateaux London saw off competition from visitor attractions, hotels, and restaurants across the UK to be named Best Dining Experience at the 2018 British Coach Tourism Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the multi-billion-pound coach tourism sector and were presented by television presenter Angela Rippon at a prestigious ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Bateaux London provides a dining experience with a difference on the river Thames; offering corporate and leisure visitors fresh food, live entertainment and spectacular views of some of London’s most historic and iconic sights.

Throughout the year, its lunch, Sunday supper, afternoon tea and dinner cruises on its vessels Harmony and Symphony take guests on a fascinating journey through the heart of the city.

And as well as catering to these requirements, Bateaux London is also committed to welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers.

Its mooring at Victoria Embankment was recently refurbished, with a dedicated drop off point for coaches, allowing drivers easy access to the pier.

Coach guests are provided with a dedicated reception area, easy access to boats and cloakroom facilities and the company’s afternoon cruises, which are particularly popular with coach groups and used to be seasonal, are now offered all year.

“We are delighted to have won this award in face of considerable competition,” said Bateaux London sales manager Gareth Brown.

“We pride ourselves on being the most luxurious floating restaurant on the Thames, with the highest standards of service and dining and we know from the feedback we receive that coach operators really appreciate that.”

Jessamy Chapman, editor of Group Tourism & Travel Magazine, which organised the awards, said, “Once again, the quality of this year’s entries was exceptional, reflecting the continuing commitment of coach operators, attractions and destinations to deliver the best possible experiences for groups on tour.“