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Afternoon Tea at the Ritz
This is proper costume drama territory. Enjoy finely cut sandwiches, dainty cakes and the tinkling of dazzling silver teapots while you enjoy a luxurious afternoon indulgence in the gold and white splendor of the Ritz Hotel’s Palm Court. It’s so popular that you can book sittings from 11.30am to 7.30pm – not strictly afternoon, but all accompanied by the delicate sounds of a pianist, harpist or string quartet. Don’t miss: A cheeky cocktail in the plush Rivoli Bar before you head home.
Big Ben is actually the nickname of the Great Bell inside Westminster’s iconic clock tower, but even locals think ‘Big Ben’ when they see the Elizabeth Tower. No matter, it looks great whatever you call it. You can’t get inside for a tour until 2020 due to maintenance work, but you’re a minute away from the river, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey here, so it’s an easy visit. Don’t miss: The photo opportunity from Westminster Bridge – the best angle for your selfie.