Cheap flights to London
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Hop on a cheap flight to London for:
- business meetings in the Canary Wharf skyscrapers
- afternoon tea at one of the most glamourous hotels in the world
- shopping at the world famous Camden Market and Oxford Street
A world class city with the major associations of Big Ben, the official wave of the Queen, double-decker buses, and the always unruffled guards outside of Buckingham Palace, London is as majestic a city as it is hard to quickly define with so many stereotypes to its name. The capital of England, London enjoys the status of being the largest city in the European Union with over seven and a half million people in its centre, with an estimated twelve million in Greater London. At its heart is the Square Mile, the oldest part of the city, and running through from south west to east is the River Thames, upon whose valley rise many of the city’s hills. The river serves as a dividing line in the city, separating the suburban-feeling North London from international and happening South London. The diversity of London alone can make for a compelling city-break full of palaces, class and eccentricity, as only the English can produce. Your airBaltic flights to London land at Gatwick Airport, London’s second largest airport after Heathrow.
Even though it’s English, the language in London has a remarkable flavour due to the influence of the 300 or so cultures that make up its ethnic population. Of course there’s the famous Cockney accent which delights in an indirect sort of rhyming slang. (Apples and pears, for instance, translates to "stairs", while bees and honey we can all relate to - "Money!"). There is also what’s known as multicultural London English, derived from the Caribbean way with the language. Language learners hoping to improve their English have many options to choose from.
See and Do
While London is certainly not a cheap city, it does have a wide selection of things to suit just about any tourist on any budget. Many of the museums are free of charge and London offers a good number of hotels and plenty of restaurants that cover a vast range, from quick pub grub to some of the finest dining in the world. Travel should of course include the major sights of the city, starting at Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster in St. James, where the steady hands of Big Ben continue to tell the time. From there, one can easily see St. James’ Park directly to the east of Buckingham Palace, residence of the Queen and open for tours in the summer. Another popular pedestrian favorite is Trafalgar Square, where Nelson’s Column rises up above the stoic lions, where tourists could once feed the pigeons. Just a step away from the National Gallery, one of London’s many outstanding museums. St. Paul’s Cathedral, the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, is an absolute must see for its massive dome and the infamous Whispering Gallery within. Look out from the cathedral’s rooftop or, alternatively, get tickets to climb aboard the London Eye observation wheel for a breathtaking view of the city. The list of sights continues with the Tower of London, where the axe blades were always sharp, the captivating British Museum, packed with such artifacts as the Rosetta Stone, and of course Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, emblematic of London’s rich literary history. At the Royal Albert Hall, dazzle yourself with a BBC Promenade Concert, or see an opera at the Royal Opera House. For music buffs, a visit to the celebrated Abbey Road Studios or the first of the Hard Rock Cafes may be a good start, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.