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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.

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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

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.

No. 11 London

What's the Private Members Club all about? Come on in and find out. The No.11 is not only a luxurious boutique hotel but also a private club. That, of course, leads to questions. Private, after all, can mean a lot: Escape from a nagging wife or sherry in front of the fireplace, or both.   If you are curious now you won't be disappointed at the entrance: While the red heavy velvet curtains and the matching wallpapers are suspicious in the beginning, you will soon find out that visitors who register here will not be offered pole-dancing but limitless admission to the spa and gym. The club also stages wine tastings regularly here, or you can just hang out the noble way - so it's sherry in front of the fireside anyway and none of the notorious establishments. That would be strange anyway as rooms cost more than the usual hourly hotel.   Exquisite fabrics, noble canopy beds and luxury toiletries add up to create an unparalleled all-out Victorian atmosphere. Ancient English charm reigns supreme here everywhere: You get the noble variants of sausage, bacon and eggs in the morning, Earl Grey at the salon in the afternoon and a sandwich at the bar in the evening. But they will offer the private variant as well: If you feel like it you can also book a Private Dining. Double rooms from approx. 200 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.

EAT in London

Barrafina

Three reasons to go for Tapas: First, if you eat fewer of them, you also pay less. If you can do without the extra olives and the extra bread, you won't burden your budget too much. Second, you don't have a bad conscience as far as your weight is concerned.  As the servings are small, your weight won't change.   Third, tapas just look nice; almost like the food you get on airplanes, but served on plates instead of plastic. At the Barrafina you can test the counter: One serving of bread with olive oil at two pounds, chorizo for six pounds, and don't miss out on the spinach tortilla for seven pounds.   But if you now feel like rounding off the meal with Spanish cheese, and if you want the damned olives anyway and the champagne, too, because it just doesn't make a difference anyway now, you will end up exhausting your budget and put on weight at that. But the restaurant still looks very chic.

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.

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

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.

Marble Hill Park

Once the private playground of ladies and lords, Marble Hill Park is open to the public now. With a fantastic view of the Thames, the park is not the largest but the most beautiful park in London. On the hill you still find the villa of the Countess of Suffolk, but a sport event has become the real highlight here: Ultimate Frisbee. Do you remember the time when Frisbee was a mere pastime between sunbathing and plunging into the water? That's over now: Today, the flying disk is thrown professionally, in a team, with shirts, on a court and the like. If you want to take a look at the new trend sport, you should pass by on Sundays. From 11:30, a corner of Marble Hill Park hosts Ultimate Frisbee contests.   The rules are simple: There is a pitch, the goals are called end zone, and the teams are made up of seven players each. If you throw the disc, you are not allowed to run; if you run, you are allowed to catch and whenever the Frisbee is on the ground, it's time for the opponent to go for it. It can't be long before the sport becomes an Olympic discipline. Ultimate Frisbee is still very new, but if you want to be part of it right from the beginning you should come by and have a couple of beers with the fans.

Buckingham Palace

Life at Buckingham Palace is life in a glasshouse. But you don't have to refer to the Yellow Press if you want to take a look behind the scenes. Quite officially, you are allowed to visit nine of the 775 opulent rooms - but only when the Queen is not at home.   A flag on the roof shows you whether she is or not. If you see the red-gold-blue Royal Standard, you can forget about a visit. But if the Union Jack is on, you can step inside. Inside precious paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt as well as valuable antiques wait for you. Outside, you can see the gardens with its varied species - and you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard every second day at 11:30.   If you've always wanted to see the march of the fur caps you should join the tourist crowds. But the question remains open whether they can guard Buckingham Palace as well as they can present their rifles. Every year mentally confused persons, protestors against nuclear power or tourists on their wrong track get behind the walls, after all, to take a stroll. But despite all these security gaps the guards are still THE attraction of the Empire.

SHOPPING in London

Unconditional

Does that sound familiar: You are invited to a party but don't know how to dress? Eventually you end up wearing jeans at the opera ball or dressed up in a suit at a punk's party, desperately holding on to your glass because you stand out once again. There's the solution: The Unconditional always fits - or doesn't fit at all but that's a matter of taste.   And that's how it works: Take sportswear, lady's fashion and business look, stir vigorously, sprinkle with some fine fabrics and uneven cuts and the result is a crazy blend just business enough for a meeting, casual enough for a walk and ladylike enough for a club visit. It's more difficult with men though as the style "sandal boots with short tracksuit trousers" is simply too eccentric. But Brad Pitt and David Beckham love it, and if they do?

Other Criteria

We recommend the Other Criteria to all those that get hysterical when hearing the word "limited edition": The store is a bonanza for limits, something in between gallery plus fashion or design store plus photos. You'll find works by Damien Hirst and Phillip Allen on the walls, and T-shirts with prints by Ghada Amer or Tracey Emin on the coat hooks. And what can't be printed on a T-shirt or hung on a wall you'll find in between two book covers: You can also buy books on art.   Many items are unique and autographed which pushes up prices quite a bit. Vases by Eduardo Sarabia cost more than 7,000 pounds and are too fragile as a souvenir. But you can wear the bracelet by Damien Hirst for 17,000 pounds on your wrist - it won't cause excess luggage when you are departing. Bath towels by Peter Doig or Jeff Koons for 60 pounds are somewhat cheaper. True art connoisseurs won't do without them on the beach.   One thing for sure: You need to pop in here soon again because new limited editions, new unique items and other autographs are waiting to make your collection complete.

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.