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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Arrive in England’s cool capital relaxed, refreshed and in true British style when you book your flight to London with British Airways. Whether you’ve been dreaming about visiting the London Eye or can’t wait to sip coffee in Soho, your journey starts here.
Travelling for business, looking for a luxury holiday in London or tracking down a cheap city break? Whichever reason it is, you’ll always find a home-away-from-home onboard our aircraft. London is renowned for its welcoming culture, and it’s exactly that spirit you’ll find on our flights. Friendly cabin crew are on hand to ensure a smooth, comfortable flight, and to deliver exceptional service. A fine way to begin any British adventure.
You can fly direct into London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City and London Stansted from more than 200 destinations worldwide.
Check out our wanderlust-inducing London travel guides crammed with all the best things to do in London.
We fly to the following London airport terminals: London Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, London Gatwick South Terminal, London City and London Stansted.
A British Airways aircraft lands in London every 30 seconds. 457 flights arriving from 207 destinations in London on an average day.
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As 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. To find our cheapest flights to London, use our low fare finder.
British Airways operates up to 457 flights from 207 destinations, flying into four London airports.
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.Stay at a London airport hotel
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.
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.
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 in London 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.
There is a hotel for every traveller – whether you’re a boutique-loving trendsetter, a luxury aficionado set on a five-star hotel when you travel to London, or you’re on a budget, we’ve sorted the perfect place to sleep.Find a London hotel
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A culinary hotspot, the most ahead-of-the-curve foodies travel to London for the food markets alone. From stalls with fresh produce to others heaving with street food trucks dishing up fusion cuisine, you’ll always be hungry for more.London food