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Discover London

Get set for a taste of both the historic and the modern with flights and vacations in London. Take a history lesson while you tour the Tower of London, or get the lay of the land with a ride on the London Eye. With so much to see and do, there’s plenty for everyone in London.

Home to well known landmarks, designer shopping, and a vibrant arts and theatre community, it’s no wonder so many choose to spend their vacations in London. And with flights from British Airways, you’ll arrive in England in style. With daily flights to London from 20 US cities, it is never out of reach.

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London festivals calling.

London festivals calling…

Britain’s capital has so many festivals it can be difficult to choose one that will suit your tastes. As eclectic and diverse as London itself, there is something for everyone. This summer Lovebox is the festival with the big names. Head over to Victoria Park on the 17 and 18 July to see Snoop Dogg, Hot Chip and Mark Ronson do their thing. Alternatively, for the more dance-inclined, South West Four at Clapham Common will provide all the beats you can think of. Legendary DJs Basement Jaxx and Faithless vie for your attention, amongst many more over the bank holiday 29 and 30 August.

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Find out what's on in London this September

After the heat of the summer has cooled, if only a small amount, September is festival time in London. From film, music and theatre, to arts and even harvests, there will be something to keep you entertained. Don’t miss the Totally Thames festival, throughout the month.

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Carston Höller: Decision.

1-6 September

It is the last chance to see the Full of Spice exhibit at the wonderful Kew Gardens which ends 6 September. This brilliant exhibition traces the history, the botanical origins and the way we use spices. These plants and seeds colour, flavour and preserve our food, and it is cause for celebration.

The Carston Höller: Decision retrospective at the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank is also a last chance. Finishing on the 6 September, the highlight of the show is perhaps the 15-metre Isomeric Slides, popular at the Tate’s Turbine Hall in 2006. Designed to question your perception and decision making, expect mirrored walls, disorientating installations and a chance to lose control.

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Sensational Butterflies.

7-13 September

The Sensational Butterflies exhibition ends its run at the Natural History Museum on the 13 September. A must-see for budding lepidopterists, of all ages - this show guides you through the fascinating process.

Guaranteed to be brilliant, BBC’s Proms is back for another run over the summer months. Ending on the 12 September in spectacular style, both the Proms and the Proms in the Park offer the chance to see and hear some of the finest classical music in the world. You can get tickets to either the Royal Albert Hall or Hyde Park, so take your pick.

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Portobello Film Festival.

14 -20 September

Beginning in 1996, the Portobello Film Festival was a reaction to the worn state of the British film industry. Now, it is clearing the way for up-and-coming filmmakers of the future. From indie features to avant garde masterpieces, there will be something for everyone between 3 and 20 September.

The River Thames comes to life throughout September in the 2nd annual Totally Thames festival, celebrating London’s famous river. Stemming from the success of the Thames Festival and last years’ debut, this year brings a month-long collection of arts, music and river-related fun. All spread across 42-miles of river, meandering through the capital.

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Pearly Kings and Queens.

21 -27 September

Taking place from 19 to 27 September, The London Design Festival brings some of the world’s best designers and illustrators to the capital. The festival aims to promote British design and its pioneering educational facilities. Start at the Victoria and Albert Museum and venture out toward over 300 events all over the city.

A strange but charming tradition starting in the late 19th century, the Pearly Kings and Queens have an annual harvest festival. This year, the festival is on the Sunday 27 September in Guildhall, it is a great display of community spirit in action, as all the proceeds go to local charities.

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Jane Eyre.

28 - 30 September

The classic Brontë novel Jane Eyre has been dramatized many times and the National Theatre Company have done an excellent job with this adaptation. From 17 September to 25 October audiences at the Lyttelton Theatre find Jane growing up, falling for, and ultimately finding freedom with Byronic hero Lord Rochester.

And finally, the iTunes Festival will be coming back to The Roundhouse for the whole of September, though actual dates and line-up are yet to be confirmed. Past acts have included Lady Gaga, Robert Plant and Calvin Harris. This is free festival and promises to be a lot of fun.

Find out what's on in London this October

From food to films and from art to American football… This month’s line-up of London events is as diverse as ever. And of course, October means one thing – Halloween. Get ready for all manner of spooky antics around the capital… From bone-chilling museum exhibits to grisly Jack the Ripper tours.

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London filim festival.

1-7 October

Foodies will be in heaven when the London Restaurant Festival brings a variety of events dedicated to dining, to the capital from 1 to 31 October. An array of the city’s finest eateries will be creating special menus as part of this celebration of London’s thriving gastronomic scene.

Meanwhile film fans won’t want to miss the BFI London Film Festival, from 7 to 18 October. This 10-day cine-showcase kicks off with the European premiere of Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. The festival will also see screenings of over 200 films spanning the genres at cinemas across London.

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Diwali.

8-14 October

Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a vibrant feast of music and dance as the religious festival of Diwali is celebrated in London’s Trafalgar Square. The ‘Festival of Lights’ will also see a variety of children’s activities and the chance to savour mouth-watering Asian vegetarian cuisine, on 11 October.

Then in the lush setting of Regent’s Park, peruse incredible works of contemporary art during Frieze London. From 14 to 17 October, over 160 leading international dealers and galleries will display cutting-edge pieces during this awe-inspiring al fresco exhibition.

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The chocolate show.

15-21 October

Take in arresting WWII images captured by one of the most important female war photographers, in Lee Miller: A Woman’s War at the Imperial War Museum. Accompanying her striking photography will be never-seen-before personal artefacts from Miller’s life. From 15 October 2015 to 24 April 2016.

Calling all chocoholics… The Chocolate Show comes to Olympia National Hall from 16 to 18 October. Uniting renowned chocolatiers, artisan chefs and cocoa chefs from around the world, The Chocolate Show programme even includes a fashion show featuring outfits crafted entirely from chocolate.

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NFL London.

22-28 October

The very talented Kenneth Branagh will both co-direct and star in Harlequinade at the Garrick Theatre, as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season. Harlequinade – a comedy in which a theatre company aims to produce A Winter’s Tale and Romeo & Juliet, with hilarious consequences, is booking from 24 October 2015 to 13 January 2016.

Or get ready for adrenaline-fuelled American football action, as the NFL makes the leap across the Atlantic to London’s Wembley Arena. The trio of NFL London match-ups includes a clash between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars on 25 October.

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Museums.

29-31 October

Spend a spine-chilling evening at historic Benjamin Franklin House and discover why the skeletal remains of 10 individuals were found buried under the basement…‘Craven Street Bones’ is the perfect creepy accompaniment to Halloween, on 30 October.

Or book the Jack the Ripper Halloween Tour on 31 October, for an unforgettable evening of fright-filled fun. Your tour starts with a grisly Jack the Ripper ghost walk led by ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Dr John Watson’. Including a three-course candlelit dinner, spooky séance and more, your Halloween is sure to be spooktacular.

Find out what's on in London this November

Before the city turns festive with pop-up ice-skating rinks and Santa's grottos, the skies light up with firework displays to commemorate Guy Fawkes, and later the Lord Mayor's Show. Remembrance Sunday brings a glorious show of red poppies, to mark those who lost their life in the line of duty.

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1-6 November

On 1 November over 500, pre-1905 vehicles, will take part in the Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. These vintage car enthusiasts will depart from Hyde Park between 6am and 8:30am, ready for their picturesque, 60 mile journey to the south coast. If you’re not up for the early start, waving them off – you can get an up-close-glimpse of more than 100 old cars on 31 October at The Regent Street Motor Show

From 2 to 8 November the Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair welcomes around 125 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors. Celebrating its quarter of a century anniversary this year, this popular annual event invites both antique enthusiasts and window shoppers to hunt for hidden gems.

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London rememberance.

7-13 November

Commemorate Remembrance Sunday on 8 November at the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. The march past takes place along Whitehall and Parliament Street from 8am – a fitting tribute to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.

The Lord Mayor's Show takes place on 14 November from 11am until 2:30pm. Find a space to spectate along the three and a half miles between Bank and Aldwych, and watch the huge procession of marching bands, floats and acrobats pass by. Or gather at 5pm for the Lord Mayor's Firework display.

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London jazz festival.

14-20 November

Acclaimed as one of the best jazz festivals in the world, EFG London Jazz Festival runs all week up until 22 November. This is a great opportunity to see a variety of world-class artists and emerging stars perform in fantastic locations across London, from the Royal Festival Hall to the London Barbican.

Book tickets to attend the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, at The O2, taking place all week up until 22 November. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the world’s greatest players compete for the last title of the season.

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winter wonderland.

21-27 November

Get in the festive spirit with free entry to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland from the 20 November until 3 January 2016. Browse the Bavarian markets for yuletide gifts, warm up with a mulled wine and enjoy a bratwurst in the Grand Hall. Or book tickets to some of the best attractions including The Magical Ice Kingdom or Santa Land.

For a magical interpretation of the beautifully-illustrated book by Raymond Brigg’s, book tickets to see The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre from 25 November to 3 January 2016. Suitable for children aged four and over, this much-loved festive tale is told through dance, song and mesmerising lighting effects.

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Christmas at kew.

28-30 November

On 27, 28 and 29 November the Foodies Festival Christmas comes to the Old Truman Brewery. Enjoy festive-themed-foodie-fun as you shop for artisan treats, sample produce from the cheese village or sip a craft beer at a pop-up brewery. Live demos from top chefs make this an ideal event for keen cooks… but it’s not all about food, there are plenty of ways to get into the festive spirit.

From the 25 November up until 2 January 2016 Christmas at Kew transforms the already breathtaking botanic gardens into one of the most magical displays in London. The winter trail is a magical after-dark experience. Follow the one-mile winding path as it meanders around the gardens – passing illuminated fountains, glowing waterside reflections and a scented Fire Garden.

London areas

St Pancras train station

Bloomsbury & St Pancras

Bloomsbury has attracted writers and liberal thinkers for centuries. Home to the British Museum, British Library and the Charles Dickens’ Museum. St. Pancras is the transport hub for Eurostar, and provides fantastic transport links to London areas and Europe.

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Marble Arch & Oxford Street

London’s shopping institutions, such as Selfridges and Liberty, mix with fantastic high street shops and premium designer brands. Take a break from the shops and visit Baker Street, home to fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace

Victoria & Westminster

At the heart of London’s monarchy, politics and iconic landmarks. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence, and Westminster Abbey, the chosen wedding venue of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Colourful houses in London

Paddington & Notting Hill

Known as the leafy neighbourhoods of London, Paddington is bordered by Hyde Park and fashionable Notting Hill is characterised by its green squares. A haven for antiques, second hand books, and the weekly, Portobello Road Market.

The Natural History Museum

Kensington & Earls Court

One of the most beautiful areas of London and great for history and the arts. Surrounded by stunning Georgian and Edwardian architecture. Visit the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum while you’re here.

London weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

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London: An insiders guide

Saska portrait.

London: An insiders guide

Author and resident Saska Graville unearths off-the-radar places to eat, sleep and shop.

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