Image location: London
The year 2020 changed a lot for everyone, everywhere. Things are not different for one of world’s most-visited cities, London, which draws nearly 20 million visitors every year. Interestingly, more than half of them are repeat travellers whose interests go beyond the usual tourist spots.
Many of them have been dreaming of London and what they’ll do once they can start travelling. While the day is not far, it is a good idea to identify things you can do when you visit London very soon.
Image Location: Regent's Park
Explore a Neighbourhood: Primrose Hill
Step away from the crowded streets and head to Regent’s Park, where amid 160 hectares of gardens, pristine lakes and green spaces you can find the city’s largest collection of about 12,000 roses. Take a picnic basket, hike up to the top, and enjoy spectacular views over London. Nearby Primrose Hill is a well-heeled neighbourhood with leafy streets, florists, and boutique stores. Have a leisurely lunch at the incredibly charming Lemonia, among the finest Greek restaurants in the city.
Stroll Through the Writers’ Block: Bloomsbury
Known as the literary quarter of London, Bloomsbury drew famous writers and intellectuals in the 20th century and is full of beautiful Georgian townhouses. Visit the Charles Dickens Museum on Doughty Street, where Dickens wrote ‘Oliver Twist’. Walk to Persephone Books on Lambs Conduit Street, which reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction books, and browse through a large collection of used academic books at Skoob Books, before popping into nearby The Espresso Room for that coffee fix.
Image Location: British Museum
British Museum and more
Marvel at centuries-old art and design from around the world at Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in South Kensington. Make sure to visit the gift shop at the V&A and grab a bite at the café tucked away in its courtyard. (Pre-booking required for timed, free tickets in both museums)
Image Location: Fortnum & Mason
Take Home London Love
Head to nearby Jermyn Street for a more elegant shopping experience. Check out Swaine Adeney Brigg, the suppliers of umbrellas to members of the Royal family. Buy the perfect English hat at Bates. Visit the multi-brand store Workshop in Islington for womenswear and pick the finest teas and heavenly biscuits from Fortnum & Mason.
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Vistara – a limitless expanse
Vistara now flies non-stop to London from Delhi, offering convenient connections to/from several cities across India. The airline offers a world-class experience using its brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the route, featuring fully-flat beds in Business class, India’s first Premium Economy class with wide seats, great legroom and space, and a very comfortable Economy class. There’s cutting-edge in-flight entertainment available on seatback screens, free WiFi delectable onboard cuisine, and service delivered to the exacting levels of Vistara’s parent companies, Tata and Singapore Airlines.
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Vistara is extremely conscious of health and safety of its customers. The aircraft interiors are thoroughly cleaned after every flight to ensure aircraft are sanitised before each flight, in addition to deep cleaning every 24 hours using approved cleaning agents. The airline has also deployed technology enabled systems like Self-check-in kiosk (Scan-N-Fly), E-bag tag and automated baggage drop to minimize contact. The cabin crew wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times and its aircraft are equipped with powerful HEPA filters that trap 99.9% of particulates such as viruses (including coronaviruses), bacteria and fungi and refresh the air inside the cabin every 2-3 minutes. The airline also provides a safety kit to each passenger consisting of face mask, face shield and sanitizer. Passengers travelling in the middle seat are provided with a wrap-around gown additionally (if they are not travelling with their immediate family members).
Blog contributed by Vistara team.