Nov 20, 2017
Melodie Szapiro, public relations and communications officer at Singapore Airlines’ London office, shares how to spend a buzz-worthy night out in her city, and wallet-friendly ways to enjoy it by day.
Tea on a boat
There are many options for afternoon tea in London, but few are as special as City Cruises’, which takes place on a river boat traversing the Thames. The leisurely journey, which begins at Tower Pier, takes you past iconic attractions such as Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast, a World-War-II-warship-turned-museum. Along the way, enjoy fine blends of tea, sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and scones with jam and cream.
Dining with a view
Like your meal with a view? Sushisamba London (above), occupying levels 38 and 39 of Heron Tower, has quite an extraordinary atmosphere – it’s decorated according to the seasons. For Chinese food, I love Min Jiang. On the 10th floor of Royal Garden Hotel, it overlooks Hyde Park, with landmarks such as the London Eye in the distance. The service is excellent and the food, sumptuous.
Fancy a tipple?
Aqua Spirit (above) is an elegant rooftop bar near Oxford Circus. In winter, it offers blankets to keep you warm while you sip on one of its cocktails; my favourite is the Old Cuban (white rum, lime, mint, angostura bitters and sparkling wine). For some dancing, I go to Foundation Bar in Covent Garden – a basement bar with a great happy hour.