The Savoy : a London Landmark Hotel
Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise spend a night at The Savoy, discovering the colourful history and wonderful cuisine of one of London’s foremost hotels. Past the exquisite glass Lalique fountain…
Dr Johnson once famously said that if you are tired of London then you are tired of life, and the phrase is as true now as it was in the 18th century. We might be biased but it is still the most exciting and diverse captial in Europe.
The London skyline used to be dominated by classic buildings like the Tower of London, the Palaces of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral, but increasingly such sites are dwarfed by skyscrapers such as Canary Wharf and the Shard. However, it still remains however one of the most visited cities in the world for good reason.
Controversial when it was opened on 31 December, 1999 to celebrate the Millennium, it has proved one of UK capital’s most popular attractions. Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, it offers spectacular views across the city for up to 25 miles and is the focal point for the New Year’s Eve firework display. It is right next to one of the major tourist highlights in the capital, along the South Bank stretching from Tate Modern to Borough Market.
The city’s theatre land caters for every possible taste from lush musicals to avant garde and fringe drama. Many theatres are situated near Piccadilly, but there are fringe theatre dotted all over the city. In recent years, the Globe Theatre has replicated Shakespearean tradition.
The much maligned network of underground trains known as the Tube is also one of the most expensive metro systems in Europe. Buy an oyster card or use you credit card, if it has a chip, to get the cheapest fares.
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