Things to do near Embankment
Enjoy the breathtaking view
The best attraction in Embankment is, undoubtedly, Embankment. Take a walk from one end to another (and if you’re after a longer walk, cross the bridge to the other side and walk back along South Bank), all the while observing life on the Thames. Look out for Cleopatra’s Needle, an obelisk from Egypt, which was gifted to Britain by the ruler of Egypt and Sudan. You will also walk past two HMS ships – HMS President and HMS Wellington – which are have permanent moorings along the bank. Other notable landmarks include some war memorials and the bridges themselves. The most recent of them is the Milennium Bridge, which is completely pedestrianised and so pleasant to walk on. You can cross the river there if you’re doing a circular walk along both banks of the Thames.
Rise high above the city
The London Eye, both loved and hated, is an iconic London attraction. For some, the giant ferris wheel is a ‘missable’ landmark, but if you’re the kind of person who has a bucket list and likes to personally experience what he sees in the postcards, you’ll want to catch a ride. And truth be told, the 360-degree views are spectacular, with all of London’s major landmarks visible from the air. If you’re treating someone to a special experience, there’s also an option to book a pod with champagne and canapes. The slow speed at which the pods move make it a perfect opportunity for some quality photography as well. If you do decide to visit the London Eye, book online to take advantage of the advance booking discounts.
Find the perfect mix of culture and fun
Something quite brilliant about Somerset House is how it remains equally engaging in every season. In the hot summer months there’s an outdoor bar and an open-air cinema, both glitzed up by famous guests and live DJs. In wintertime the vast courtyard becomes an ice skating rink. While you can find these attractions in other parts of London, what makes Somerset House unique is its amazing architecture, elevating entertainment to a cultural event and a feast for the senses. But it’s not just the inventive outdoor events that make Somerset House a great place to visit. Each time you drop by you have a chance to see the cutting-edge in photography, film, design, music, and other modern art forms. The cherry on top is the Courtauld Gallery with its permanent exhibition of impressionist paintings.