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London

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.

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Worth knowing

Worth knowing

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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EAT in London

Eat in London
Wolseley

The former showroom for luxury limousines runs smoothly again today. In 2003 the Wolseley opened its doors to illustrious guests with a blend of high ceilings and expensive food. If you are keen on silver tableware and arrogant waitresses, they send you to Vienna - or to the Wolseley, where the goulash comes from Hungary, the salad from Nice and the guests from Planet Young and Beautiful.   If you are lucky, you are rubbing shoulders with some London celeb. If you are not so lucky, you might be underdressed and they seat you at a corner table close to the toilet. As compensation the menu is overpriced. Even when called Arnold Bennet, an omelette should not cost 10 pounds. Salad for 16 pounds is not made of gold (but fitting the price for gold) and Beluga Caviar for 125 pounds is still only made from fish eggs.   If you, however, don't mind the exaggerated prices, you should come here for the ambience's sake in any case. The chandeliers, the black pillars and golden ornaments perfectly match breakfast with croissant and coffee à la Mozart. If you miss what is typically English, you should stay until 5 o'clock tea is served.

Harwood Arms

Then, in pre-Jamie Oliver times, in the fish-and-chips era when England was still a culinary nobody, the following slogan applied quite fittingly: Who wants to eat well in England eats Indian food. But that's not true any longer: Even the Indians orient themselves along England's new cooking wave, and they have to work hard for not being crushed by the Empire's chefs.   People have started to eat English again, and they still do it at pubs. But even pubs, as we can see with the Harwood Arms, have undergone a facelift. Instead of the former dark and decent atmosphere you enjoy your meals in a bright and friendly, albeit still rustic ambience. And you are served all kinds of venison. From pigeons to deer the English shoot everything that is not quick enough to fly or run away only to serve it thereafter as excellent venison on your plate.   There, it tickles your palate in liaison with carrots, beans and mint, only to be followed by a butter milk pudding and chef de cuisine's Mike Robinson's recommendation. The latter, by the way, is also the head of a cooking school.

Samarqand

For your orientation: Samarkand is located to the right of the Caspian Sea, to the left of China and right in the middle of the Silk Road.  The surroundings of the city are teeming with "stans", namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan - and Uzbekistan, the country to which the city of Samarkand belongs.   If you are looking for the right "end" in London, you should in any case pop in the brand-new Samarqand, the branch of a recently opened Russian restaurant chain highly acclaimed by critics. Why? Because it is different: not quite Chinese and noodles, not quite Russian and heavy, but somewhere in between, on the Silk Road to be exact. If you are hungry and not keen on experiments, rely on the old friends: There is lamb and Borscht - you can't do anything wrong with it.   And if you still haven't found the right pasta, we recommend ravioli - same name for it from Europe to Korea and same taste, too. Uzbekistan calls them Samsa and at the Samarqand Samsa is served with mint, lamb and tsatsiki. Just one more word to how the restaurant works: Business is up front, Karaoke in the backroom. If you combine both, you have earned yourself a water pipe in the lounge.

STAY in London

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.

Metropolitan

If you are notoriously sleepless, here's the solution: By offering that much Feng Shui, the Metropolitan Hotel will heal your Qi and make your energy flow again. After such a good night's sleep you will feel as fresh as a daisy in the morning and you might even see some from your large windows - many of them offering a view of Hyde Park.   The stylish toiletries by COMO will add to your freshness and you will feel fit for early morning exercises. Hyde Park's jogging map will come in handy here. Or the yoga kit available at your room. Ready for breakfast? At the White Room, a kind of glass pyramid, they offer you English Breakfast or a healthier alternative plus fruit juices, coffee or tea. If you want to plan a perfect day, ask the staff for advice. The hotel has an IT Butler, a Personal Shopper and a Personal Trainer, all of them ready to devote themselves to your needs.   Then there is time for an experiment: At the Nobu they will serve you a blend of Japanese and Peruvian food, i.e. Sashimi with Jalapenos, but what sounds weird tastes delicious. And as a crowning final have a cocktail at the stylish Met Bar as afterwards you will be ready for the Egyptian linen at your room - another gentle Feng Shui-type temptation. Double room from approx. 390 Euros per night.

Durley House

At other hotels you may ask yourself: Is this art or may I sit on it? If you've had enough of the minimalist chic you are just at the right place at the Durley's. Here, the English cottage style reigns supreme, which will never be out of fashion. Or do you want to do without striped wallpaper, subdued light, fluffy beds, life-size fireplaces or truly cosy sofas? Smart ones say that the English only furnish their houses in such a comfortable style because the weather outside is so uncomfortable. But they are only envious: Local architects simply have skills for the feel-good factor blended with royal ambience. And that includes the service as well: The Durley House doesn't have a restaurant but who needs it anyway when being able to count on one's own butler? 24-hour service is of paramount importance here, and with the smoothly running dumbwaiter your dinner comes directly to your suite, where your butler will serve it. In the mood for eating out anyway? Then we recommend a picnic basket, the park nearby and James, of course, who will organise the details. Can you imagine anything more decadent? Yes, sure: Your Personal Shopper takes you by the hand and leads you to the places of your heart's desire and fashion's homelands: Bond Street, Knightsbridge, or Sloane Street. Double room from approx. 330 Euros per night.

SIGHTS in London

Sights in London
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!

Fireworks

Having a blast in November: This month marks the most famous fireworks in London when everyone celebrates Bonfire Night. We recommend you join in with thousands of Londoners and marvel at this unique event, for instance in Blackheath, why not? And when the sky explodes into the most beautiful colours, you should not forget three things: beer, sausages and a gaping mouth. The first you get everywhere on the site, the latter comes by itself. And an approving "oh!" has never been wrong anyway.   The occasion has tradition: The fireworks celebrate the 405th anniversary of the gunpowder plot when British Catholics attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and the King at that. However, the explosives were found in the cellar, the plot was prevented but pyromania remained. Today, the blasters can do their job quite legally. The celebration is threatened with extinction though as those who splash thousands of pounds in minutes every year ask themselves whether it's really worth it in times of crises. But resourceful Londoners are trying to prevent this and appeal for money. They even sell VIP places for the colourful event on E-Bay. If you win you get a seat of honour with excellent view - and you're allowed to marvel at the making of the fireworks, before it explodes.

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.

SHOPPING in London

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.

Skitsch

Does it sound familiar: You walk into a shop just to browse around and end up buying half the stuff on offer there? This can very well happen to you at the Skitsch designer store. This and long pauses in front of the shelves as you often don't know what the heck you have in front of you. An ashtray? A vase? A cup? A look at the tag reveals that the thing is called "Imperfetti" - and it looks like that as well.   But still you want to buy it at all costs, now, and immediately. The next shelf has a rather crooked look, too, but that might render the books on it more unconventional, after all. So let's have it. The clothes stand in a plastic tank is maybe just a bit too arty but you've got to have the key ring in the form of a hand. The sofas, well, the sofas are real sofas, so you can be sure about that. But their design is funky anyway.   As souvenirs we recommend the lamp in the form of a campfire or the candleholder that looks like something in between tree trunk and exhaust pipe. And here's another tip: Check the time every once in a while as otherwise you might end up spending the total of your holidays at the store.

DSM

Cynics say Dover Street Market is just another shopping mall. There are six floors, there is something like a café and there are shops and labels in the shops. But it's not that simple as Dover Street Market offers an ultra cool concept store instead of the usual shop windows.   With unique items instead of off-the-peg clothing it offers something like shopping 2.0 for intellectuals. The construction-site look does make you wonder though whether the shops are open already, but one glance at the label shows you that you are at the right place -  at Nina Ricci's, for instance, or Ann Demeulemeester's - despite the casual industry-look interior. Even Ferragamo has found out that shoes can sell in a minimalist, non-Baroque atmosphere as well.   And while the fashion by Comme des Garçons has the effect of being thrown into the room, there is a sophisticated and avant-garde concept behind it that draws exactly these kinds of clients: eccentric but perfectly styled.