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Alternative ways to commute to IET London: Savoy Place

With the pandemic nearly behind us, trains and buses are running again as people return to the city, but things look different than they did before. Seats are distanced, payment is contactless, and masks are a staple in the workwear wardrobe.

But they are not the only changes in a post-pandemic world.

While travelling by underground will continue to have its uses in providing a convenient and well-connected method of transportation around the capital, many are still understandably hesitant to take busy public transport.

Thankfully, there are so many other ways to reach Savoy Place that provide an environmentally friendly alternative that are also mindful of your wellbeing.

With an unparalleled location on Northbank’s River Thames, the timeless grandeur and commanding presence of IET London: Savoy Place is a sight to behold – with panoramic views across the iconic London skyline. Located next to Embankment Gardens, overlooking the River Thames, Savoy Place is the ideal base for delegates to get the most of the central London location.

Easily accessible by rail, tube, bike and river, the venue opens up a range of transport options for delegates coming from near and far, with options to cycle, walk or arrive by River Taxi right on the doorstep.

So, if you want to take the less-crowded route and even bring a touch of wellbeing into your commute, why not take one of our alternative routes to Savoy Place.

By bike

By bike

Replacing a stressful commute with cycling to work is a sure way to improve both physical and mental health. According to Cycling UK, cycling to work can lower risk of developing cancer by 45% and cardiovascular disease by 46%.

It is not just physical and mental wellbeing that encourages commuters to take up cycling, but also the environmental benefits.

Cycling UK claims that if every commuter in England switched to cycling to work, they would collectively save 44,000 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of heating 17,000 houses – in the first week.

In London, there are over 11,500 Santander cycles available, with a docking station conveniently located right outside Savoy Place.

The cost to hire the so-called ‘Boris Bikes’ is lower than a standard tube or overground ticket, so both you and your wallet can relax while taking a leisurely cycle through the bustling city.

By boat

By boat

What better way to experience London than travelling along its infamous river?

Embankment Pier is just a short walk through the park from Savoy Place, and the river taxi, which departs every 20 minutes from 22 stations, breezes past landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral from the east and Big Ben from the west.

The spacious boats often have on-board cafés or bars so you can commute in style with a good book and a coffee - the perfect start to your day at Savoy Place.

Walking from Charing Cross train station

By foot

Walking from Charing Cross Station, explore the delicacies of independent restaurants and cafés on Villiers Street before reaching Victoria Embankment Gardens, a picturesque city park filled with perfectly maintained flowerbeds and historic statues.

Be sure to catch the tulip blooming season in April, where the park is awash with rainbows of colours filling the flowerbeds, and visit the café in the warmer months for a coffee to accompany you on your stroll.

Walking to Blackfriars train station

Fancy a change of scenery on your journey home?

The route from Savoy Place to Blackfriars Station leads you along the Thames embankment with views across the river of the London Eye and Big Ben, and past the historic Somerset House and Temple Gardens. Look for Cleopatra’s Needle on the bank of the Thames: an Egyptian obelisk believed to be almost 3,000 years old.