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.
London's foodiest foodies are carving a path to the door of unusual cookery school Jenius Social. Leave your school-day horrors behind and learn to cook such excitements as South American-inspired offal tapas and French brasserie classics, or indulge in some biodynamic wine tasting. jeniussocial.co.uk
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).
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