So you find yourself in London for business but with a couple hours or an afternoon to spare. If the weather is good and you are looking for a fun, classically British thing to do, we recommend taking a walk along the Thames Embankment. Then end your romp with a proper British tea service at the famed Savoy hotel.
For Travelers Who Like: Being outdoors, exercise, grand hotels, food, and tradition.
Where to Go: The closest Tube station is Embankment, which is on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern Line. Go to The Savoy Hotel website for information about the price and time of afternoon tea.
What Makes It Special: The Embankment is reclaimed land running along The River Thames. The idea of an embankment along the Thames was first proposed in the 1660's; then finally built in the mid 1800's. The embankment was largely built using granite quarried in Cornwall then transported by boat up the English Channel. The section known as Victoria Embankment runs from the Palace of Westminster to Blackfriars Bridge. made predominantly out of marble from Cornwall.
In addition to affording a gorgeous view of The Thames River, a stroll along the embankment provides a view of some of London's stunning architecture. You should be able to spot the Houses of Parliament and Blackfriars. The Victoria Embankment also features four public gardens and Cleopatra's Needle, a majestic obelisk made of red granite that was originally erected in Egypt in 1450 BC and then gifted to the United Kingdom in 1819. End your walk at the gorgeous Savoy Hotel.
The Savoy hotel is a true London landmark. Frank Sinatra, Sir Winston Churchill, Christian Dior and countless other icons have all stayed at the Savoy. The hotel recently went through a multi million-dollar renovation, and the results are breathtaking. The hotel is absolutely stunning, especially the bars and tearoom. Despite feeling fresh and new, The Savoy holds its heritage and tradition very close to its heart. You will find a truly authentic British experience here, especially in the upstanding customer service.
Must Try: High tea is of course a fabulous British tradition that we always try to indulge in when we are in town. The Savoy does a spectacular job. The tea sandwiches are to die for; plus a generous helping of pastries and scones and of course whatever tea your heart desires. We recommend adding a glass of champagne to the experience – it feels only fitting given the fabulous surroundings.