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You can fly with Austrian Airlines to London! Visit the historical city and pay a visit to the majestic Buckingham palace and view the notorious changing of the palace guards. London is one of the cultural capitals of the world with a whole host of tourist attractions such as the magnificent British library, home to the famous Magna Carta or the British Museum where the glorious Rosetta stone resides. Take a ride on one of the famous red London buses or black taxis to get to where you need to be around the sprawling city center. But don't miss out on a visit to the imposing houses of parliament or the immense tower clock Big Ben. If you are hungry make sure to order the traditional dish of fish "n" chips which is usually available from most restaurants in the capital.

Western Europe

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Great Britain
  • Currency: Pound sterling(GBP)
  • Language: English
  • Capital: London
  • Austrian flight destination: London (Heathrow)

Airbus 320

Airbus 320 side view Airbus 320 seats
Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerAirbus Industrie, France
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingOE-LBI/Marchfeld, OE-LBJ/Hohe Tauern, OE-LBK/Steirisches Thermenland, OE-LBN/Osttirol, OE-LBO/Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen, OE-LBP/Neusiedlersee (Retro-look painting), OE-LBQ/Wienerwald, OE-LBR/Bregenzer Wald, OE-LBS/Waldviertel, OE-LBT/Wörthersee, OE-LBU/Mühlviertel, OE-LBV/Weinviertel, OE-LBW/Innviertel, OE-LBX/Mostviertel (Star Alliance painting)
Number of aircraft16
Seating capacity168 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span34,1 m
Length37,6 m
Height11,8 m
Max. cruising speed980 km/h
Max. cruising altitude11,920 m
Type of engineCFM International, CFM 56-5B4/2P
Max. thrust2 x 27,000 lbs
Fuel capacity19,100 kg
Max. range fully payload4,300 km
Max. payload16,790 kg
Max. take-off-weight75,900 kg / 77,000 kg
Max. landing weight64,500 kg

Airbus 321-111

Airbus 321-111 side view Airbus 321-111 seats
Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerAirbus Industrie, France
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingSalzkammergut, Pinzgau, Südtirol
Number of aircraft3
Seating capacity200 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span34,1 m
Length44,5 m
Height11,8 m
Max. cruising speed980 km/ h
Max. cruising altitude11.900 m
Type of engineCFM International
Max. thrust2 x 30,000 lbs
Fuel capacity19,000 kg
Max. range fully payload2,360 km
Max. payload21,100 kg
Max. take-off-weight83,000 kg
Max. landing weight75,000 kg

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STAY in London

Town Hall Hotel

Apartments have advantages: You can cook yourself and save money on expensive restaurants plus you have more rather than limited space. But what if you are in the mood for service, spa or the attentive waiter anyway? Then you should check into the Town Hall as the hotel is both hotel and holiday apartment, offering the best of both: a restaurant, for instance, or even a Personal Trainer at the gym.   Design is not an issue here - there are so many styles, you won't find a favourite. The building is Art Deco, the pool is white marble, and the interior is Vintage, i.e. brown sofa with wooden feet of granny's era. But then you will be surprised by the ultra-modern bath in the glass cube with curtain. While the blend is bold, everything matches in the end, ranging from ancient hall to chic design hotel. That has its price - despite the little interesting, somewhat remote location: One apartment from 380 Euros per night.

Belgraves

The American Thompson Hotels expand into Europe. Their first overseas subsidiary, the Belgraves, landed at the beginning of February in London - with 85 rooms in the heart of Knightsbridge and adapted to the sedate British ambience. But the boutique hotel doesn't go completely without Bohemian style - given its parent company. Purple sofas and walk-in showers give hope. Like the LCD flat screens and iHome docking stations.   By tradition you bath in marble bath tubs and cover yourself with custom-made linen from luxury provider Sferra. Responsible for these exclusivities were interior designer Tara Bernerd and EPR Architects.   In the kitchen the Brit Mark Hix takes the reins. His Hix restaurant and his Mark's Bar already range among the fashion hotspots in town. That proves quite convenient since it's only a short hop to Kings Road and Sloane Street.

The Milestone

From the moment you step out of your Bentley until your departure, two devoted staff people will take care of you. You don't need to unpack yourself, your butler will do it. 24-hour service is included, of course; theatre tickets are no problem at all and your personal chauffeur will take you to the sights. Your dog is in the mood for pork steak at two in the morning? Dinner is served, Sir! The chambermaid alone deserves a decoration. When she is ready with the room, she leaves the weather report, fresh fruit, the daily newspaper, mineral water - and candles for the bathroom, an extra touch of romance. You wouldn't need the latter though with this kind of interior, the design reminding of the good old times when England still had colonies, ladies still threw tea parties and sunshades hid their pale skin - it can't be more romantic. And it can't be more imperialistic. Even when cuddled up in your canopy bed or hiding in your Jacuzzi, you'll still feel like a colonial master sipping your sherry in front of the open fireplace and having your butler with you while on safari. The hotel also arranges picnics in the park, including champagne and strawberries with cream. Double room from approx. 370 Euros per night.

SHOPPING in London

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood has always been keen on what is contrary: When the hippies were in, she dedicated her designs to Elvis Presley. When shoulder pads were in, she highlighted the hip. When the heroin chic was in, she revived the rococo. Even today she still doesn't give a damn about traditions, designing fashion that is as opulent as it is eccentric, as unusual as unwearable.   Vivienne Westwood's credo is anti: anti-establishment, non-conformism and anti-fashion. Despite or because of it she has been nominated one of the six major fashion designers of our time. And justly so, because her fashion is art and statement at the same time, a political manifesto, so to speak, to be hung in your wardrobe.   Her numerous shops all over the world display her radical chic. You can also touch it at Mayfair's, her flagship store. There, the shop assistants are as cynical as Westwood's style, but the shop is worth a visit anyway for the sake of its dramatic interior, its exclusive clientele and of course, for its couture. While you won't be able to afford or wear it, you can at least have a close look at it.

Honest Jon?s

Rumour has it there are people who go on holiday, pop in the next record store and leave it only two weeks later. If you are such an enthusiast you should not miss out on Honest Jon's. Here, they sell any record that is launched onto the market.   Specialising on jazz, funk and reggae, you will also find an "outernational" department. At a closer look it reveals a creative name for ethno, i.e. music from countries that you've always wanted to visit yourself. As you will probably never get there anyway, you are buying a record on the topic in rainy London.   Apart from competitors Honest Jon's also sells its own cult label supporting, among others, the Trembling Bells, Katell Keineg or Africa Boogaloo. What is served here on the turntables is the rhythm that is en vogue at the moment.

Camden Markets

What you will need: a lot of time and a large shopping bag. Because, as the name suggests, the Camden Markets are several markets, all at one site at the Camden district. And if you really want to know: the Camden Markets is the largest marketplace in Great Britain, with more than 100,000 visitors each weekend.   If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, you can also pass by on weekdays and study what's offered in a more relaxed atmosphere. You will find anything from didgeridoos to bananas, inside in the market hall or open-air, and sometimes at the bazaar. Clothes, shoes, antiques, or souvenirs: It is not possible to list everything you can buy here. But, to name just one example, you will even find a Goth Guide here, showing gloomy visitors the way to the befitting tattoo and record stores or the perfect black coat.   If you are more inclined to the bright sides of life, you will also find the right stuff: petticoats for fans of yesteryear, cyber wear for the people of tomorrow, Doc Martens for the sure-footed and sexy underwear for a self-assured appearance in the bedroom. You name it - the Camden Markets will fulfil any special wish you have.

EAT in London

L'Atelier

Joel Robuchon is world-famous: the high priest of Foie Gras, the master of truffles, the star winner of Michelin. He has earned himself two stars already for his artworks, which are even eatable. Not at all intending to rest on his laurels, he has now opened an atelier in London following those in Paris, New York and Tokyo.   The culinary workshop is a true stage, enthusing the audience with a show-kitchen of secret recipes before - abracadabra - the rabbit lands on your plate. In the form of a terrine, that is, and the onlooker wonders how the heck he has managed to do that. The menu reads like a what-is-what of elite cuisine, enchanting gourmets with combinations they have never seen before.   This, after all, has made the chef famous. This and the interior of his restaurant, a blend of sophisticated black and noble red, especially appreciated by Covent Garden visitors. And they are sure to be applauding!

Babylon

The English love their gardens. No wonder because there's little effort and garden hoses are unnecessary. The result is the most beautiful uncontrolled growth no matter what comes out from the ground. The Rooftop Gardens, a fantastic example of English Garden design, is not only home to narcissuses, crocuses and lavender but also to a few ducks, fish as well as Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks.   The four flamingos have always been there, they are life-time VIPs causing the envy of the few visitors. It's not easy to see the gardens as they are used for private functions most of the time. But if you are lucky and no celeb is throwing his birthday party in paradise at the moment, you can go inside - just call! But there is a simpler way as well: Have lunch or dinner at Babylon which offers a view of the gardens. It's even better, to be true, as apart from the fantastic vista you also get the best modern-day British cuisine.   The interior designer could have spared his efforts because what you can see outside would be more than enough. However, he was ambitious enough to compete with nature and created an interior equivalent with patterned wallpapers, natural materials and green chairs inside.

Paradise

Paradise is a pub - a pub with a poet's soul, i.e. a successful blend of English cottage or France two hundred years ago. Made up of wooden panels and block strip flooring, the Paradise boasts classic portraits and golden mirrors. And at the entrance an angel is greeting you. Each room of the large pub is different; an interesting story hides behind each painting.   Was the empty golden cage ever home to a bird? Has anyone ever read the books at the library? And why the heck is there an angel at the entrance? We can answer the last question at least: The Kensal Green graveyard is located right across the pub, and the name of the pub refers to an ancient poem in which the poet describes the path to the hereafter via the graveyard. But relax: You won't find dark-robed folk and depressive music here.   The clientele is cosmopolitan but not decadent; arty but likeable. It is like the pub itself: colourful, enigmatic and popular. The perfect setting for calamari, chips and ale.

SIGHTS in London

Thamse

A cold period, a lot of dirt and a Giant Ferris Wheel: the Thames has seen a lot. In the 17th century the Thames was frozen most of the time and people went ice-curling and sledging on it. With the onset of the thaw period the focus shifted onto coal: The 18th century marked the era of trade ships, providing the Empire with coal and wealth. But doom was inevitable: The biggest maritime disaster in English history happened here as well, when a pleasure boat collided with a cargo ship and 640 people died. The river was in a bad shape back then: Due to misrouted sewage even the Parliament hat to move out because Westminster - and the whole town - was reeking. Today, when sewers and filter systems get rid of the dirt, the Thames is one of the cleanest rivers once again.   And probably the whale that got lost in it in 2006 thought the same - even if he didn't find the way back to the sea again anyway. You see: A walk along the Thames is worthwhile. It's not just any river but one that defied the cold, the dirt and an inconvincible whale. And the buildings on its banks - Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster or London Eye - are quite nice as well.

Tower of London

Here's a short who's who of noble prisoners: Edward V was here because his uncle wanted the throne. Anne Boleyn was here because of high treason, just as Catherine Howard. Jane Grey and Maria I. fought for the throne - Jane Grey lost the fight, was imprisoned and lost her head on the scaffold. Elisabeth I was also accused of high treason, however, got free and took over the throne.   Later, Henry Oldenbrug was imprisoned here for dangerous endeavours; and also the only American - Henry Laurens - was here, and much later on Josef Jakobs as well. Accused of espionage, the latter was the last candidate on death row in 1941. However, the nobles were not only killed in the Tower of London. Many lived there as well, at least up to the 17th century. Later, the kings and queens moved out and the armoury, the crown jewels and a few lions moved in - a birthday gift, so to speak, with warmest wishes. Conclusion: The Tower of London is a neat potpourri of what life is made up: life, death and diamonds.

Brick Lane

Multi-cultural flair in London: If you want to see something else than Empire, you should visit Brick Lane.  The street has always belonged to newcomers from other countries: In the past to the Huguenots, then to the German Jews, then to the Irish and eventually to the people from Bangladesh, the latter still dominating the street scene with their curry restaurants. You can taste this colourful mix.   All the restaurants offer delicious and rather cheap food, but if you want wine with your food you should bring your own: Some restaurants don't have licences for alcohol, but tolerate if you bring your own. If this is too complicated for you, you can increase your alcohol levels at one of the Brick Lane nightclubs. The famous clubs 93 Feet East and The Vibe Bar offer good drinks and round-the-clock dancing.   But also the artists and designers have discovered Brick Lane, so boutiques are mushrooming in the lively quarter. You can buy the hottest vintage fashion here. Also included in the programme: markets, festivals and the best graffiti in town. You will for sure not get bored in Banglatown!