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.
The London Helicopter: London has some impressive landmarks; Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Shard. The problem is, getting to them can be a tourist-filled, chaotic affair, unless you enroll the help of The London Helicopter. These 20 minute helicopter flights from Battersea get you ahead of (and seriously above) the crowds when it comes to sightseeing. Sure, they're a pricier way of doing it, but they come with guaranteed comfort, thrill, and an inability to stop grinning; both during it and for about eight hours after. A treat well worth splashing out on. thelondonhelicopter.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).
If there are two words people with a gluten or dairy intolerance fear, it's these: afternoon tea. Beautiful, dainty finger sandwiches, buttery scones with homemade jam and fresh, whipped cream, a tower of colourful pastries and fluffy cakes, and all they're able to munch on is a lettuce leaf. Unless they're at Pantry at 108, that is, the Marylebone Hotel's slick new dining space. The impressive gluten- and dairy-free afternoon tea ensures no one misses out, or even realises they're missing out on the standard ingredients, the quality being of such a high standard (108 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QE, 108marylebonelane.com/pantry).