London is the cultural, political and economic heart of Britain, famous for its world-class museums and galleries, historic royal palaces, fantastic shopping destinations, top West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants.

Visiting London? Start planning your trip right here, from booking your accommodation to creating your perfect itinerary. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye, or find a cheap hostel and stroll in one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you'll find something to suit your budget and interests.

Facts

Population

8.3 million

Currency

British pounds, £1 = 100 pence

Opening hours

Typical opening hours are Monday-Saturday 9.00-17.30. Many department stores stay open till 18.00, some till 19.00 or 20.00 on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Larger shops are often open 10.00-18.00 on Sundays.

Newspapers

The Times The Telegraph The Guardian Daily Mail The Independent London Evening Standard

Tourist information

City Information Centre St. Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8BX +44 20 7332 1456 www.visitlondon.com

Travel to London

Book your flights to London with Etihad Airways and prepare to enter a world of beauty, culture and adventure. The scene of some of the most sensational events and periods in history, London offers travellers fascinating glimpses of the past mixed with an exhilarating and bustling contemporary atmosphere. London’s many museums and libraries, breathtaking architecture, shopping districts, distinctive restaurants, historical sites, parks, gardens and riverside activities make it one of the most remarkable destinations in the world.

Top 5 things to do in London

  • Travel back 65 million years and see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum
  • Experience the wealth and splendour of the British monarchy with a visit to the historical royal palaces, including: the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace
  • Stroll through the heart of London and see famous landmarks like Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park
  • Refresh with a traditional British high tea offered in numerous tearooms and cafés
  • Browse for treasures in London’s iconic shopping venues like Portobello Road, Harrods, Covent Garden and Camden

Shopping in London

Department stores in London are a specialty. From Harrods to Harvey Nichols, Selfridges to Liberty, you will find them located all over the city, stocking everything from home furnishings to footwear and clothes to caviar. For something a little less upscale, the city’s trendy markets are also a popular choice among locals and those on holiday in London.  Camden Market, Portobello Road and Convent Garden all host a wonderful collection of stalls, selling handmade goods such as bags, jewellery, fresh food and more. You can also find well-designed gifts and souvenirs in London museums.

With Etihad Airways’ generous baggage allowance to London, all you have to worry about when packing to go home is making sure you do not leave anything behind.

Restaurants in London

While on holiday in London, quaint cafés, pop-up burger trucks and gourmet restaurants can be found on virtually every corner of the city – perfect for when you need to recharge your batteries after an extended shopping or sightseeing session. Restaurants in London offer an eclectic mix of international cuisines as well as traditional British dishes.

Nightlife in London

After dark, things get even more interesting in London. Comedy clubs, live music venues and cafés are just a handful of the places you can visit. If time permits, you may also want to check out a live performance at one of the theatre’s scattered across the city.

Plan your London holiday

Few cities in the world have the unique combination of culture and excitement that London boasts. From the British Museum to Soho nightlife, it truly has something for everyone.

Finding affordable tickets to London is easy with Etihad’s popular deals. If you would like your holiday to have an authentic flavour, plan to visit in January or February when crowds are sparse and cheap hotels in London are readily available. However, if you want to experience this spectacular city when the weather is temperate and the gardens are in full bloom, anytime between March and May is ideal. Late spring is peak tourist season so make sure to book your tickets to London in advance.

Book your flight to London today

Etihad Airways has daily flights to London Heathrow, available at affordable prices. Whether you choose to fly Coral Economy, Pearl Business or Diamond First Class, you can expect the very best hospitality before, during and after your flight to London. 

Travelling from the UAE, Oman or Qatar?

Book your flights to London and take advantage of the Electronic Visa Waiver. If you are an Emirati, Omani or Qatari national, simply apply for your UK visa online 48 hours before you travel and enjoy your trip to London.

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