On the 24th September, Cat and I had the chance to experience an Indian Buffet Cruise down the Thames. Being lovers of Indian food, we were more than excited to be participating! And being even BIG lovers of food in general, we were even more excited that it was a buffet!
As we made our way towards Westminster pier, our departing point, we had to stop and take a photo. I’ve always thought of London as being particularly picturesque, however London at night is utterly postcard worthy! The city is so vibrant with all the lights reflecting in the water, creating an absolutely breathtaking setting. Of course we needed to take an obligatory selfie!
As we stepped on board the cruise we were greeted by the friendly staff, who immediately offered us a complimentary drink… Who could say no?!
We were shown to a beautifully laid table where we were left to enjoy our crisp glass of wine, and some poppadoms and chutney to tide us over whilst the rest of the guests arrived.
As the cruise began to fill with all the other eager individuals, there was a fantastic atmosphere on board, with everyone excited for the night ahead. Once everyone was seated we set sail down the Thames, passing some of London’s most famous sights, including Big Ben and the London Eye. With the boat’s panoramic windows, you didn’t have to crane your neck to get a good view.
Not long after we had set off, the air began to fill with the fantastic aroma of spices, and soon after the waitresses brought the food out. Of course Cat and I were first in line for the buffet, and we couldn’t have been more spoilt for choice! They were serving a variety of traditional dishes ranging from Rogan Josh Lamb, to vegetarian chick pea dishes, ensuring there was something for everyone! And of course there were samosas and onion bhajis – my favourite!
As we tucked into our delicious meal, we had the pleasure of listening to a talented singer, who sung a variety of traditional Indian songs from famous Bollywood movies. The entertainment was fantastic, with the singer making his way round the cruise serenading each of us, and even letting some people join in with the songs! What better way to enjoy an Indian curry than by having live Indian entertainment?
As we got further into the night, (and everyone got a little jolly), the DJ took to the decks, and the floor opened up as a dance floor for all those that wanted to show off a few moves. Of course no one can resist a bit of a boogie, especially when the DJ’s playing all the old time classics.
This was definitely a highlight of the evening, and a good way to burn a few of the calories from dinner!
As the night began to draw to a close and we made our way back towards Westminster, we headed up onto the top deck to get the best view of London from the water, and take some photos. If you’re yet to see London by boat and at night, then you haven’t seen London properly! (Though don’t forget your coat, as it’s pretty chilly at night time).
The overall experience made for an absolutely fantastic evening, and couldn’t have been more enjoyable, even if we did have to sprint for a train home!