Noon – Make your escape
There are up to 15 British Airways flights a day between London and New York, so you’re bound to find an option that suits your family. To make the most of your first day (and to get the kids to bed at a decent time) book onto 12:55 flight from London Heathrow, which lands at JFK at 16:10. Shelburne NYC is great for families, and it’s well located for all the big sights – though there are plenty of New York hotels to choose between. Drop your suitcase, and head straight out to the city’s most iconic span – the Brooklyn Bridge – and walk across for views of lower Manhattan, the new World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Bridge and those ‘choiring strings’ that make the bridge such a lyrical experience. If you need a later flight, there are regular departures from London Heathrow up until 19:50.
What could be a better introduction to the city than a real New York pizza pie?
18:00 – Brooklyn Pizza
What could be a better introduction to the city than a real New York pizza pie? Juliana’s Pizza is a great spot for early dinner on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, then walk into Brooklyn Bridge Park and ride the cool antique carousel housed in a glass greenhouse while you watch the sunset over the harbour and the city’s spectacular skyline.