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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for London , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

One of Europe’s greatest cities, London is home to some of England’s best culture, heritage and history. Here you’ll find a host of fascinating museums, the best theatre scene in the world and more green space than any European city. Take afternoon tea, or eat a traditional pub lunch; visit Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London; hop on board a double-decker bus and witness the famous Changing the Guard, no matter how many trips you've made to the city before, there will always be something new to discover.

General Information
CapitalLondon is the captial of England
LanguageEnglish
Time Difference-3 hours
CurrencyGB Pound Sterling
Voltage220 volts

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.



Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

UAE nationals travelling to the UK for stays of up to 6 months can apply online for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). For further information, please go to www.uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/uk


Highlights+

Landmarks
The Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London (home to the Crown Jewels) and Buckingham Palace (where the Changing of the Guard Ceremony takes place)
 
Galleries, Museums and Theatre
Fascinating exhibitions and artifacts can be found at a host of museums: British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Imperial War Museum and art galleries (Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern, Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery, Saatchi Gallery) whilst award-winning musicals are staged in the West End and opera and ballet is performed in world-class venues.

Shopping
Huge malls and legendary department stores including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, to the designer shops of Bond Street; for something more eclectic there are quirky boutiques, markets including Covent Garden for handmade crafts and Portobello for all manner of antiques, fine men’s tailoring in Savile Row and one-off venues such as the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour where you can pick up something unique for your home.

For the Family
London Zoo, Madame Tussaud's, the London Eye Millennium Wheel and cruises along the River Thames.

Cuisine
When it comes to dining almost every type of cuisine features and restaurants include Michelin-starred venues and those run by celebrity Chefs.

Parks
Some of London’s greener locations include Hyde Park, Hampton Court Palace with sixty acres that are home to a world-famous maze and Kew Gardens for those who love botanical blooms.

Sporting Events
Sports fans can tie their trip in with annual events such as the Wimbledon tennis tournament or Polo in the Park at Hurlingham Park.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Emirates direct from Dubai to London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
Etihad Airways direct from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow.
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to London Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic and British Airways direct from Dubai to London Heathrow.

Flight Time
From Dubai to London Heathrow: 7 hours, 20 minutes.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can help you with all your planning as well as pre-booking theatre tickets, spa treatments, dinner reservations and private chauffeurs, so you can maximise your time in London. We can also advise on a host of special experiences or activity ideas to make your stay truly memorable, from a personal shopper to escort you around some of the city’s finest shops to a sumptuous Champagne afternoon tea. In a city of fantastic hotels it can be difficult to choose, but we have some personal favourites and will be happy to help you decide

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