There is nothing better than having a day in London.
The atmosphere as soon as you leave the train station gets me every time.
It has me walking down the street with a huge grin on my face. London is somewhere I will never ever tire of. I may even be a bit of a bore when it comes to our great capital city. But what’s not to love? When I got the chance to spend the day with the lovely Donna. I was a bit giddy. Thanks to Red Letter Days we got to spend a day checking out view from the top of the shard. And then after headed over for afternoon tea in London at the Sofitel St James.
If you haven’t spent a day doing tourist things in London then you must. And visiting the top of the shard is a great place to start. The whole shard experience as soon as you enter the front doors is a lovely experience, and bag searches make you feel at ease that security is taken seriously.
The lifts are part of the experience with images of London projected on the ceiling, tracking the sunrise and sunset along the Thames. It really is very beautiful and something I could have watched for ages. The lifts move at lightening speed and before you know it you are half way up and moving into another super fast lift.
It took no time to navigate all the way to the top. With London sitting elegantly below, looking somewhat like an exquisite model village. Although it was a cloudy, rainy day the view is breathtaking.
There are virtual telescopes where you can explore the view below and directions to all the landmarks of London on each side. Should you wish for further facts, there is also a headset giving lots of information. Donna and I were a little too busy chatting, taking photos and sipping champagne as we enjoyed the view to listen to ours! But part of me wishes we had. However it does give me a great reason to return. And when I do it will most certainly be at sunset, I just can’t imagine what watching the sunset from the shard would be like?
We then jumped on the tube for afternoon tea at the Sofitel St James, the grandest of hotels. With a super stylish restaurant offering the best afternoon tea, exactly what was needed after battling storm Doris.
The staff at the Sofitel are so attentive. They could see our windswept state and quickly ensured we were comfortable with a glass of champagne. Following this the service was relaxed and attentive.
Our glasses were kept full. And with tea arriving just at the right time we not once did we feel rushed. The whole experience felt relaxed and leisurely. So much so we stayed longer than planned. You know when you feel so chilled and have eaten a little too much cake, just because it was so delicious. Although is there such a thing as eating too much cake?
We left full and happy and decided to weather the storm and walk to Liverpool Street Station to walk of our feast. And of course enjoy the evening bustle of London. This was the perfect treat day, ticking of a few things off my London wish list.
Spending time with one of my faves and being thoroughly spoilt in the process. Thanks you so much Red Letter Days for a wonderful experience, what a great way to plan a trip to London. Also if you fancy a great afternoon tea in Essex check out this post from Emma.
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