New York is a magical place, even if it’s your second, third or fifth visit to the city. From immersive adaptations of Shakespeare in Hell’s Kitchen to discovering Michelin-starred Mexican food in Queens, here’s a 48-hour guide for curious travellers seeking the unexpected in NYC. The best part? You don’t have to use any holiday time.
Evening - Make your escape
With frequent flights to New York from London departing every day, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the British Airways schedule. You can minimise your holiday leave and maximise your first evening in Manhattan by catching an early evening flight from London Heathrow to JFK.
22:00 - Nightcap
Drop your luggage off at The Westin Grand Central and head straight back out to Grand Central Station. If a trip New York's biggest station doesn't sound like a particularly 'curious' recommendation to you, look again – the station has a 'secret' bar that's the perfect Friday night spot. Book ahead for a quiet table on the mezzanine at the delightful Campbell Apartment. Once a private office, it was restored in 2017 and the sound of cocktail shakers has replaced the clack of typewriters. Hidden in a side room off the station, it's a novel way to take in a classic New York landmark.