British Airways’ Little Helpers Reveal Fun And Festive Christmas Attractions And Exclusive Shopping Discounts To Check Out On Your London Ho-Ho-Holiday This Year
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year to visit London with countless activities for all of the family to enjoy, from a wizardly winter experience on the set of Harry Potter to ice skating fun beside the River Thames.
Take to the skies along with Santa this year and fly direct to London with British Airways to experience the magic of the English capital during the festive season.
Passengers can save extra money to spend on gifts this year by booking flights, hotel and car hire together through British Airways, or opt for a fly-drive trip to visit more than one location during their visit to the UK.
British Airways flies daily to London from Sydney into Heathrow T5 which is British Airways’ home base. The airport is just a short train ride from the centre of town and its world-famous shops and attractions – many of which offer exclusive discounts for British Airways passengers. For more information on participating outlets visit: http://www.britishairways.com/en-ch/destinations/london/london-discounts. For more information on fares visit BA.com.
Heathrow itself – one of the world’s busiest international airports – is full of popular stores, including Harrods, Hugo Boss, Fortnum & Mason and Alexander McQueen, making it the ideal spot to pick up a present for yourself or a loved one on your way home. This year there are special Gift Angels on hand at all the terminals to help with all aspects of shopping – from gift choosing to wrapping and carrying.
Below, the little helpers at British Airways have pulled together a list the best things to see and do in London this December, including a selection of stores and shopping malls offering exclusive discounts and perks to British Airways passengers.
Go ice skating at The Coca-Cola London Eye
Combine a visit to one of London’s most famous attractions with a few laps of its breath taking outdoor ice rink called ‘Eyeskate’. The attraction has been installed especially for the festive period and guests can book a 45 minute session. Open from November 14 2015 to January 3 2016 from 10am until 9pm. Book in advance at https://www.londoneye.com.
Have a magical time at Hogwarts in the Snow
With a wave of their wand, the folk at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have transformed the wizarding world into a winter wonderland. Go behind the scenes and see real props and sets from the movies including the Great Hall decked out with a Christmas feast complete with flaming puddings. The detailed castle model has also been covered in snow too.
Catch a traditional Christmas pantomime
‘Panto’ has been a British Christmas and New Year tradition for centuries and if you can grab tickets to a show during your visit then do! Pantomimes are comedy musicals which often feature celebrity guests and take place across the country. In London, you could head to the Hackney Empire to catch their production of Jack and the Bean Stalk which is running from November 21 2015 to January 3 2016.
Enjoy your Christmas dinner…on the Thames
Tuck into your turkey this year while floating down the famous River Thames on a luxury cruise, taking in the sights as you go. Over the course of a leisurely three hours and fifteen minutes you can enjoy drinks and fine dining all the way to Greenwich and back.
Watch the Serpentine swim!
Every Christmas Day since 1864 – no matter the weather – members of the Serpentine Swimming Club take to the icy waters of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park for their traditional 100-yard swim. It’s called the Peter Pan Cup and it’s probably just as fun – and certainly a lot warmer – just to watch.
Marvel at the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree
The tree in Trafalgar Square has been an annual gift from the people of Oslo, Norway, to the British people since 1947 as a thank you for their support during the Second World War. The tree is decorated with 500 white lights in traditional Norwegian style and forms the spot where carol singers perform throughout December and early January to raise money for charities.
See the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House
The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas ballet telling the story of how a young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, this story of Edwardian London is sure to have everybody in the Christmas spirit. Book in advance athttp://www.roh.org.uk/. Visitors can even enjoy a Nutcracker themed afternoon tea at The Langham – you can take advantage of special dining options during the festive season here: http://www.langhamhotels.com.
Head to the Harrods Christmas Grotto
Thousands of children will head to the world-famous Harrods store in Knightsbridge for a glimpse of Santa this Christmas. Guests will journey through his toy workshop before meeting the man himself in his cosy cabin. Mum and dad can enjoy a treat too, with the option of Afternoon Tea with champagne in The Georgian restaurant. And don’t worry if you run out of time to shop – there’s a Harrods store in Terminal 5 where you can purchase all manner of items, often at discounted prices.
Explore the six floors of Liberty
British Airways customers can collect a free hamper* with any purchase of £500 or more when shopping at Liberty – a British shopping institution found in the heart of the West End. The popular department store is a tourist attraction in itself, housed in an iconic black and white 1920s building. Be sure to enter through the magical florist entrance (Great Marlborough Street) if you can. Just show your boarding pass or e-ticket to qualify.
Treat yourself to the ultimate in British design
Head to one of London’s two Conran Shops – featuring the finest in contemporary furniture, lighting and Christmas gifts – and get a special 15% discount on purchases of £200 or more exclusive to British Airways passengers. With cool and quirky gifts for him and her on offer, you’re guaranteed to find something for that hard-to-buy-for relative at Conran.
Bag a bargain at London’s Designer Outlet
British Airways flyers earn an extra 10% off the already discounted prices of up to 70% off RRP at the capital’s premier discount mall located right next to the famous Wembley Stadium in West London. The LDO is also home to 20 restaurants and cafes, a nine screen cinema, and a children’s play park. And don’t worry if you buy too much to carry – we offer a free shop & drop facility in Guest Services.
Shop like a VIP at Westfield
British Airways customers can enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in London with a VIP pass entitling them to a 25% discount at a string of top shops and restaurants at either Westfield London or Westfield Stratford, Europe’s largest shopping malls. Within seven days of arrival into the UK, passengers can simply present their boarding pass or e-ticket at one of the Concierge Desks located inside either shopping centre to receive the exclusive pass. Both are truly unique retail and leisure destinations and will be festively decorated to celebrate the season.
*Gift hampers are limited.