• Pan Pacific Hotel London to open in 2020

    Asian hotel brand Pan Pacific will open a new property in London in 2020, with a carefully-chosen location in the city's 'square mile' financial district. The 237-room Pan Pacific London is the first European property for the Singapore-based group. The design by international firm Yabu P...

    POSTED 24 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Australian passports can now be used at UK airport e-passport gates

    UPDATE: 21 MAY 2019 | Australian travellers can now swipe their passports at the automated e-passport gates of all UK airports, bypassing the slow and snaking lines for the staffed immigration desks – a move which will be especially welcome when it comes to beating the morning queues at Lon...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 29 Comments

  • London's hottest restaurant, Gloria, is about to gain a sibling

    When Gloria opened in East London in February 2019, the queues to dine at London’s new hottest restaurant started on the first day. Now Gloria's French owners plan to open a huge second trattoria in June. Named Circolo, and serving Italian cuisine inspired by summer days in Sicily, it will...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • London Heathrow T2 Star Alliance business class lounges

    Star Alliance passengers have many lounges to choose from at London's Heathrow Airport, helped by the fact that all Star Alliance flights depart from the same terminal, making it easy for passengers to choose their lounge. Whether you're travelling near or far, every business class departure lou...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 6 Comments

  • Make your reservation at these newest London restaurants

    The year ahead looks promising for London diners as high-profile chefs and restaurateurs from the U.K. and around the world prepare to open new restaurants, even in the face of Brexit concerns. Here are four we're eagerly awaiting, and why they should be on your list the next time a business lunc...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • What it’s like to travel on an all-business-class flight

    Business class is a great way to travel – but on a handful of flights every day, it’s the only way to fly: quite literally, because there are no first class suites onboard, or any seats further back in premium economy or economy. Welcome to the all-business-class flight, a rarity in ...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2018 40 Comments

  • The extraordinary desserts of El Bulli have arrived in London

    Once voted World’s Best pastry chef, Albert Adrià contributed to what made an El Bulli reservation coveted for years. His fabulous desserts, rich in looks and content, first grabbed attention at El Bulli – a record five times winner of the World’s Best Restaurant title &...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Here are the best breakfasts in London, as voted by top chefs

    Breakfast is the one meal the Brits have always done well. The novelist Somerset Maugham once observed that "to eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.' That’s no longer true, of course, but it still wouldn’t be a bad idea to eat nothing but breakfast in Lond...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Garuda will axe its London Boeing 777-300ER flights

    Garuda Indonesia will pull the plug on its non-stop flights between Jakarta and London in October, as the airline looks to stem the flow of red ink across its balance sheets. As of October 28 2018, Garuda's sole European destination will be Amsterdam, with flights operating six times a week. Sky...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2018 38 Comments

  • A business traveller's guide to London Heathrow Terminal 2

    Officially dubbed The Queen’s Terminal, T2 at London’s Heathrow Airport houses almost every Star Alliance airline in the world, with 24 of the alliance’s 28 member carriers flying into and out of Terminal 2, along with a few others such as Aer Lingus, Eurowings and Flybe. For...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Skip those London passport queues with a UK Registered Traveller card

    The United Kingdom’s Registered Traveller program allows regular UK visitors to bypass the queues at passport control – including the often-lengthy lines at London’s Heathrow Airport after those long flights from Australia – in favour of whisking through the UK and EU lane...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2018 21 Comments

  • United hopes to open London Heathrow Polaris lounge by mid-2019

    United Airlines is aiming to open its new Polaris business class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport by the middle of 2019. Airline CEO  Oscar Munoz confirmed the tentative timetable, saying the upmarket lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 2 would lay out its welcome mat "hopefully the first half...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • London's Heathrow Airport is now selling Fast Track security access

    Heathrow Airport is now selling access to its Fast Track security lane, with passengers asked to stump up  £12.50 (A$22) each in their effort to jump the queue. Available to outbound travellers at all four of Heathrow's terminals, the Fast Track path is normally reserved for business ...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • How to buy a 3 SIM card for roaming in London, UK and Europe

    Mobile telco Three (also known as 3) offers great value for prepaid roaming SIM plans which can be used throughout the UK as well as in Europe, with free data roaming on your smartphone or tablet. I regularly travel to London, the UK and Europe and Three's pay-as-you-go SIM is a must-have item o...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 19 Comments

  • Flight Diary: Qantas QF10 Boeing 787 business class, London-Perth

    What's it like to spend 16½ hours on Qantas' non-stop Boeing 787 flight from London to Perth? As Australian Business Traveller has already reviewed the Dreamliner's business class and premium economy seats in detail on several flights, we thought we'd take a different ...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2018 24 Comments

  • Royal Brunei drops Dubai detour on Melbourne-London flights

    Royal Brunei passengers travelling from Melbourne to London will shave five hours and 15 minutes from their trip when the airline's current two-stop route via Brunei and Dubai becomes a one-stop journey via Brunei only, from October 28 2018. The Brunei flag-carrier says its Boeing 787s "are pres...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 29 Comments

  • Virgin Australia codeshares with Virgin Atlantic for London flights

    Virgin Australia travellers to Hong Kong and Los Angeles will now have the option to continue to London with Virgin Atlantic under a codeshare partnership between the two Branson-backed airlines. Those flights on Virgin Atlantic will also see passengers pick up Velocity frequent flyer points and...

    POSTED 1 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • United details Polaris lounges for Newark, Houston, LAX, Washington DC

    United Airlines will follow this week’s opening of its new Polaris lounge at San Francisco with three more upscale lounges at Newark, Houston and Los Angeles across 2018. However, the next wave of premium Polaris lounges – including Washington, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo – are...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • London's Crossrail line is a new way to get to Heathrow Airport

    London's new Crossrail tube service, to be formally known as the Elizabeth Line, will provide a new way for travellers to zip between Heathrow Airport and the city – but problems with a new signalling system mean you'll need to wait a few more months before you can enjoy those swish new tra...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 21 Comments

  • Beat the queue and take the fast track with these airport travel hacks

    Business travel comes with many hurdles and headaches which you just don’t need – so the more of those you can skip, the better. Case in point: those long lines at airport immigration checkpoints, especially on arrival. You may be able to use the business class or first class check-i...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2018 10 Comments

  • Review: Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium economy, Perth-London

    Last year, Australian Business Traveller reviewed Qantas' new Premium Economy offering on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and while there was a lot to like about the product, the lack of legroom once the seat ahead of you was reclined was a worrying issue – especially for upcoming ultra-long-h...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2018 79 Comments

  • The big switch: Qantas changes London stopover from Dubai to Singapore

    TALKING POINT | It’s "goodbye" to Dubai and "hello again, old friend" to Singapore as Qantas next weekend ditches the Emirates hub and returns to Singapore as the stopover point for its Kangaroo Route to London. The Gulf city will see its last Qantas flight on Saturday March 24 – alm...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2018 112 Comments

  • Hawaiian Airlines sees non-stop London flights with Boeing 787-9

    Hawaiian Airlines could launch its first European destination with non-stop flights to London from 2021 following the debut of the airline's new Boeing 787-9. The Honolulu-based airline currently restricts its network to North America, Asia and the South Pacific, but CEO Peter Ingram sees the Dr...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2018 27 Comments

  • The London restaurants where top chefs go to dine

    Restaurateurs tend to dine out a lot, but not always for pleasure. They like to check the competition and often eat with a critical palate. But where do they go for pleasure? Which are the London restaurants to which they keep returning? We asked them, and found some are posh. Some are local. Al...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Emirates to fly new first class suite to London

    Qantas partner Emirates will launch non-stop flights between Dubai and London’s Stansted Airport in June 2018, to be served by its newest Boeing 777 aircraft fitted with the airline’s all-new first class suites. Offering passengers floor-to-ceiling closing doors, these suites are m...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2017 8 Comments

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