Cheap flights to London
England’s capital is not only the largest city in Western Europe, but is also its most vibrant. The home of the Queen, Big Ben and the famous Hackney Carriage is also home to one of the most cosmopolitan populations in the world, which has left its mark on this ancient yet very cutting edge metropolis.
London is a world city of truly global proportions. Visitors come here to experience the world’s best restaurants, top hotels and its varied nightlife. But they also come for another thing, the culture. If there is a world capital of culture then London must surely be it. Plays and musical productions pack the city’s famous West End, while museums and art galleries, such as the iconic British Museum and the Tate Modern wow visitors with their huge exhibits.
Ignore the fact that Floatworks has the look and feel (and smell) of a municipal swimming baths. After experiencing the salty embrace of the i-sopod floatation tank, you won't care about anything else. Look in the mirror: you've lost five years (1 Thrale Street, SE1 9HW, floatworks.com).
Ride the high seas with the English National Ballet this winter as they perform swashbuckling love story Le Corsaire (The Pirate) at the London Coliseum (9-19 January). Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Troy, Alien 3) is at the helm of the stunning set and costume design, and a whole gang of dashing pirate ballet dancers (St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4ES, +20 7836 0111, ballet.org.uk/whats-on/lecorsaire).
The brilliant new Olympic Cinema in Barnes is well worth the trip south-west. Sip wine, recline and wonder how a normal cinema experience will ever be enough again. Go for the full works with an upscale meal (we loved the steak tartare and wild roast duck) in the restaurant first, before snuggling down for a film (117-123 Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL, olympiccinema.co.uk).
Move over Hailo and Addison Lee: there's a new cab app in town. Wheely cabs, all eco-friendly hybrid saloons, are ordered through a smartphone mapping system. Easy and free to use, the cabs are 20% cheaper than black cabs. They're, ahem, wheely rather good. wheely.com