About the Area
Embankment is an area of Central London situated along the north bank of the river Thames. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the city. The Hungerford footbridge, which crosses the Thames, offers views of picturesque London landmarks including the London Eye and Big Ben, as well as all of downtown London itself. Embankment is named as such because it is part of the Victoria embankment, a riverside road and walking path that stretches along the north bank of the Thames from Westminster Bridge in the south to Blackfriars Bridge in the north. This area is important because of its proximity to the river, as well as its relative proximity to the British Houses of Parliament, which sit near the foot of the Westminster Bridge, as well as Trafalgar Square, across the road from the Charing Cross tube station. Around Embankment, you will find the lush and historic Victoria Embankment Gardens, as well as a number of restaurants, hotels, shops, banks, and other local businesses.
Places of Interest
Some of the notable places around Embankment are not on land but in the water. Three historic ships, the HMS President, the HMS Wellington, and the PS Tattershall Castle, are permanently anchored in the river along Victoria embankment. Embankment is also a great place to take in some live theatre. Just outside of Embankment tube station on Northumberland Road is the Playhouse Theatre, which was previously owned by the BBC. In the 1950's, the Playhouse hosted performances by the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In recent years, the Playhouse has become a top venue for live theatre and musicals, hosting shows like Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House, and Spamalot. The Embankment area also presents some fine dining opportunities, including some water bound options. Popular restaurants in the area include: the Northall (brasserie), Massimo (Italian), Sherlock Holmes (pub fare), and Bateaux London (international), a floating restaurant that takes diners on a cruise along the river Thames. There are no banks in the immediate area surrounding Embankment tube station, but all major banks can be found on The Strand, which is only a few minutes' walk to the north. There are also four high-end hotels in the area immediately surrounding Embankment station: The Royal Horseguards on Whitehall Court, Charing Cross Hotel on the Strand, and the LSE Northumberland House and Citadines Prestige Trafalgar Square on Northumberland Avenue.
The Embankment underground station is part of the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern Lines. The area is also accessible from the Charing Cross tube station, on the Bakerloo and Northern lines. Bus access to Embankment is via routes 388 and N550. Another option for public transport is overground train, as the London Charing Cross rail station sits right next to the Embankment tube station. In terms of driving, there are limited street parking spaces available on Northumberland Avenue, and there is also a car park near Trafalgar Square on the corner of Spring Gardens and Cockspur Court. This is, however, a heavily congested part of the city, and congestion charges do apply to motorists in this area. For those looking to avoid the traffic, cycling and walking to the area are another good option, and a stroll along the Victoria Embankment is always a good option for sightseeing and relaxing.