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Thanksgiving in London 2019: try our Afternoon Tea Bus tour!

Are you an American citizen living in the UK and looking for a special way to celebrate Thanksgiving in London this 2019? Or maybe you’re just someone who’s curious to experience the Thanksgiving atmosphere and celebrations? Maybe for the first time ever? Then join us on Thursday, 28th November 2019 to celebrate the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving in London.
Thanksgiving London 2019 Themed Afternoon Tea Bus Tours

Thanksgiving London 2019 on board of the Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus tour

If you’ve had afternoon tea with us before, you’ll know we love a celebration. Our themed Afternoon Tea Bus Tours are not only very popular with our loyal customers, but they’re also a lot of fun! Just recently, in October 2019, we ran a Pink Ribbon tour and a Halloween tour alongside our standard tours, and the feedback, as always, has been fantastic.

So it’s only natural we’ll want to continue with our B Bakery Thanksgiving tradition! Offering our very own special Thanksgiving menu, the Brigit’s Bakery Thanksgiving-themed bus tours will be departing from Victoria Coach station at 12 noon, 2:30 pm, and 5:30 pm on Thursday, 28th November only.

Our bus tours last approximately 90 minutes (depending on traffic) and allows you to capture the heart of the city’s culture, visiting landmarks like Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.

As always with our themed bus tours, spaces are limited. So book early to avoid disappointment!

The Brigit’s Bakery Thanksgiving menu

Excited about celebrating Thanksgiving with Brigit’s Bakery? Well, we hope you are, as our chefs have cooked up a special menu for our favourite American holiday.

Our Thanksgiving feast includes the following freshly-prepared savouries:

Thanksgiving in London 2019: brigit's bus tour
  • Roast turkey and cheese bun with onion chutney and mayo.
  • Philadelphia, cucumber, and mint finger.
  • Coronation chicken burger.
  • Smoked salmon pretzel with Philadelphia and figs.
  • Stilton muffin with chestnuts, leeks, and cranberries.

To go with our lovely savouries, we also have an assortment of mini homemade cakes and tarts, including:

  • Mini cheesecake.
  • Pecan tart.
  • Chocolate choux and raspberry compote.
  • Chocolate cupcake.

But it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without scones, right? All our afternoon tea experiences come with delicious freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam and your choice of tea or coffee, served in a beautiful re-usable Brigit’s Bakery travel mug that you get to keep!

Please note that our Thanksgiving menu might vary, so please do check with us at the time of booking.

Alternative afternoon tea menus

We are very proud of the special Thanksgiving menu we put together for our lovely customers, but should you have any specific dietary requirements or preferences, you can always book on our Afternoon Tea Thanksgiving Bus Tour and select one of our evergreen afternoon tea menus.

Just let us know which one you prefer at the time of booking:

The vegan and gluten-free teas are available at only £3 extra, but please note that we are not nut-free.

More Thanksgiving fun on board of our vintage buses

During the bus tour, our on-board staff will make sure you’re well looked after and entertained. They’ll share interesting facts and information about the London landmarks you’ll be admiring from the comfort of your seat while you indulge in your Thanksgiving meal. And if you’re lucky, they might even share some fun facts about this traditional American holiday!

Shall we beat them to it?

Let’s. (But don’t tell them we did!).

Fun facts about Thanksgiving

Did you know that…

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, and it lasted not one but three days! Now, those pilgrims did know how to party! (But so do we!).

Thanksgiving only became a national holiday in 1863. Can you believe it took two hundred years for the tradition to become official? Crazy. And you know how this came about? A lady called Sarah Joseph Hale wrote regular letters to the presidents (three presidents in total) for seventeen years until President Lincoln finally agreed to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. And you know who this lady was? She’s the person who wrote the classic song ‘Mary had a little lamb’! Isn’t that a neat little link? (Feel free to impress your friends and family with that).

The Thanksgiving feast we all know and love today might be all about the turkey, but can you believe there was no turkey on the table when the tradition first started? Historians state that other meat was on the menu. This might have included deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish. A bit different, right? And the pilgrims probably ate pumpkins (but no pumpkin pies), and no mashed potatoes or cranberry relish (although they probably ate cranberries).

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle. (Now that would have been a bit awkward, wouldn’t it, especially considering that Americans eat 46 million turkeys each year for Thanksgiving!).

And last but not least? Do you know why Thanksgiving is still celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November? President Lincoln was the first to set the date, and in 1939 President Roosevelt tried to move it up by a week to help the shopping season during the Depression. But the tradition didn’t stick, and the national holiday went back to the fourth Thursday of November with Black Friday being introduced much more recently on the following day. And no one’s tried to move it ever since!

Now, if all this isn’t going to impress your friends and family during our afternoon tea bus tour, we don’t know what will!

(You’re welcome.)

And here’s that link to book again.

Christmas Lights Bus Tour

Watch out for the Christmas afternoon tea bus tours!

If you’re reading this but have (sadly) missed out on celebrating Thanksgiving in London this 2019 by booking on our special tour, fear not, as you’ll soon be able to get your hands onto our exclusive Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus Tours! For more information and booking, head over to our Christmas Afternoon Tea page.

And don’t forget to make a note of these dates in your diary! The Brigit’s Bakery Christmas afternoon tea menu is available from 16th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 both on our bus tours and at our beautiful bakery in Covent Garden.

The Christmas lights will be switched on on Thursday, 14th November on Regents Street and other Central London locations will follow suit. With the Christmas lights set to change for the first time in six years on Oxford Street, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to take in the sights from the top of our Routemaster bus, do you?

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