Embankment station is the 4th stop on the Bakerloo line when travelling northwards. Four different lines stop at this station: Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circle.The Bakerloo line travels beneath the Thames to get from the previous station at Waterloo to Embankment. It was reported that builders suffered from the 'bends' whilst tunnelling under the Thames.
Leaving the station from the South side you have a view of the Thames.
I had to wait until the road was closed to traffic before capturing these views.
Walking eastwards along the Embankment there is a clue when you pass the benches as to what is coming next.
Yes it is Cleopatra's Needle. Originally erected in Heliopolis c1500 BC. It was then moved to Alexandria in 12BC. In 1819 it was presented by the Viceroy of Egypt to this country in memory of Nelson and Abercrombie. After being encased in an iron cylinder and abandoned in the Bay of Biscay following a storm, it was eventually recovered and erected on this spot in 1879.
On either side of the Needle is a sphinx. Looking closely at the foot of the one on the right you can see small holes which were caused by fragments from a bomb dropped nearby during the first bombing raid on London in 1917.
If you look over the embankment wall you can see one of the Lion head moorings which were sculpted in 1868-70 by Timothy Butler. It is said that if the lions drink water then London will flood.
Across the road is the Victoria Embankment Gardens built on land reclaimed from the Thames
Rear entrance to The Savoy Hotel.
The Adelphi Hotel also overlooks the gardens. Originally there were 24 terraced neo classical houses built by the four Adams brothers between 1768-72 occupying this space. They were demolished in the 1930s and replaced by this huge art deco building. Some parts of the original Adelphi buildings can still be seen.
This huge building is The Ministry of Defence.
Just across the road is The Arches home to the New Players Theatre and a number of small shops and snack bars.
On the other side of The Arches is the Ship and Shovell pub. Noted as the only pub in London that is split into two. Go back through the Arches and to the top of Villiers Street onto The Strand
A short way down The Strand you come to Carting Lane and the Stage Doors of the Savoy theatre.
This theatre was opened in 1881 and was the first public building in the world to be lit throughout by electricity.
Just a little further down the lane is this old street lamp. It is a rare sewer gas lamp dating back to the 1880s. Many of these lamps lit up the streets of London by using methane gas emitted from the sewers below. It continues to burn using residual biogas.
Just around the corner on Savoy Hill is the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy. In the 13thC the Savoy Palace was built on this land which was later owned by John of Gaunt. His unpopularity led to its downfall as it was destroyed during the Peasant's Revolt in 1381. Henry VII founded a hospital here and this Chapel was built alongside it. The hospital was demolished in the 1800s but the Chapel remains.
Walking back up to The Strand you come to the front entrance of The Savoy Hotel named after the Savoy Palace.
A short distance from The Savoy is Simpson's-in-the-Strand. One of London's oldest restaurants it has a long list of famous diners including Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Vincent Van Gogh and Benjamin Disraeli.