A guide to London’s classic dishes
From a hearty Full English breakfast to Britain’s love affair with curry, food blogger Chris Pople reveals nine must-try dishes and drinks for your next visit to the capital
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Touch down to London in British style, when you fly with British Airways. Arrive feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to explore England’s capital. Get close-up to Buckingham Palace, see the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and visit the almighty Tower of London – your journey starts here.
Calling all city breakers, luxury holiday-makers and business travellers – get ready for take-off to London. Choose from our selection of cabin classes, and wherever you sit, you will enjoy comfort and exceptional service. Our friendly cabin crew will be on hand to ensure a smooth and pleasant flight. Choose to fly to London with British Airways – the finest way to begin your British adventure.
British Airways offer flights to London from over 200 destinations worldwide, arriving into four major airports. Find the perfect starting point for your trip, whether you’re visiting for work, a short-break or a leisurely holiday. You can fly direct into London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY) and London Stansted (STN) – just choose the days and times to suit you.
Stay at a London airport hotelAs Europe’s most visited city, London has year-round charm. Visitor numbers spike around the British school holidays, especially during summer and the Christmas period, when fares may be higher.
British Airways operates up to 457 flights from 207 destinations, flying into four London airports.
Stay at a London airport hotel
Taxis to central London cost around £40 one-way from London Heathrow and London City, and from around £60 one-way from London Gatwick and London Stansted. You can pre-arrange your transfer when you book your British Airways flight.
If you’re travelling on a European Union (EU) passport, at present there’s no need to get a visa before you travel to London. Those from countries outside the EU may need to apply for a visa in advance. To check your visa requirements and apply, visit the UK Border Agency website.
Which cabins can I book when I fly to London?
Our economy class cabins offer great value for those looking for cheap flights to London. Choose your seat for a fee when booking or select it free of charge 24-hours prior to departure.
Premium economy gives you more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin for an even more relaxing experience.
Our business class and first class cabins, available on long-haul flights, have luxurious fully flatbeds for the ultimate flying experience.
Economy class passengers can check in one bag weighing up to 23kg. In premium economy, a generous allowance of two 23kg bags is included. For those in business class, two bags at 32kg each can be checked, while in first class three bags at 32kg are allowed.
If you have any additional baggage requirements, read our baggage guide.
Want a chic touch down into the heart of London from New York JFK? Try our exclusive business-class only service Club World London City. With just 32 flatbed seats, it’s a tranquil, luxurious way to fly, ideal for business travellers.
Which cabins can I book when I fly to London?
Our economy class cabins are a good budget option when travelling from Europe to London, with a range of wallet-friendly fares:
Business class cabins are located at the front of the plane, with the middle seat kept free for extra legroom and added comfort.
Find out more about our travel classes
Economy class customers can check in hand baggage on a Basic fare, those on a Plus or Plus Flex fare can check in one bag weighing up to 23kg. Those in business class can check in two bags at 32kg each.
Get the inside track on London with these hints and etiquette tips:
Tipping in restaurants and bars isn’t required, but is appreciated. Somewhere between ten and 12.5 per cent when dining is the norm. In luxury hotels tipping staff and doormen a small amount (£1) will go down well, ditto rounding up taxi fares to the nearest pound.
Buy an Oyster card or use contactless cards as payment when travelling on the Underground for the cheapest fares. Also stand on the right when on escalators, the left is for those walking.
Taking afternoon tea is a national pastime in the UK. Not only is nibbling on sumptuous cakes and sipping tea good fun, but it’s a cheaper way to experience a luxury hotel without staying, as many take place in beautiful, grand drawing rooms.
Where to stay in London
There is a hotel for every traveller – whether you’re a boutique-loving trendsetter, a luxury aficionado, or a traveller on the hunt for a bargain, since you’ll spend most of your time exploring the city. No matter your budget, we’ve sorted the perfect accommodation for you.Find a London hotel
Things to do in London
London weather can change quickly – one moment it’s sunny, the next it’s pouring with rain. However, thanks to plenty of museums and indoor attractions, there’s fun to be had no matter the weather.Discover what to do in London
What to eat in London
The UK’s capital is a culinary hotspot, and foodies love to visit London for the food markets alone. You’ll find stalls with fresh produce and street food trucks dishing up fusion cuisine. This is the place to sample as many different foods as you can.London food
It’s a huge city, but first-timers with only 48 hours in Londonneedn’t venture far from the centre