• New in London: the DoubleTree by Hilton London ExCel hotel

    Only a week after opening a new property in London Kensington, DoubleTree by Hilton is forging ahead in opening the new, 260-room DoubleTree by Hilton London ExCel hotel for business travellers. Located close by to the ExCeL London convention and exhibition centre, guests are well-located for ...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2016 2 Comments

  • DoubleTree by Hilton London: Kensington hotel opens its doors

    Travellers to London can now kick back at the new DoubleTree by Hilton London: Kensington hotel, within walking distance of major attractions like the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Harrods and Kensington Palace. Also close by to the Gloucester Road and South Kensington Tube s...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • Using your iPhone, Android smartphone as an Oyster card in London

    No longer is an Oyster Card needed to ride the London Underground – instead, commuters can simply tap their contactless credit card or now even their payment-enabled smartphone at the barriers to hop on board. That's thanks to the launch of Apple Pay in Australia for iPhone users and Andro...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2015 10 Comments

  • Hilton

    Now part of Hilton’s worldwide portfolio, the Hilton London Bankside hotel welcomes travellers bound for the UK’s capital amidst an urban design with a contemporary ‘industrial’ feel. Nearby to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the hotel boasts 25 bespoke suites among it...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • Thai Airways boosts London flights, shortens Aussie transit times

    Thai Airways will reinstate its previously-axed second-daily flight between Bangkok and London from later this year, cutting transit times on the Kangaroo Route by up to 19 hours in each direction. That takes place from October 25 when TG916 returns to the skies – departing Bangkok each da...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2015 5 Comments

  • Qatar pulls the plug on all-business-class A319 flights to London

    Qatar Airways will wind up its exclusive all-business-class Airbus A319 flights from Doha to London in October, in favour of the larger Boeing 787 Dreamliner that offers travellers both business class and economy. The Gulf airline had previously earmarked suspension of the 'Business One' se...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2015 11 Comments

  • Review: London's Heathrow Connect airport train service

    Pop quiz time: name two fast train services between London’s Heathrow Airport and Paddington Station? The first one’s easy: it’s the widely-publicised Heathrow Express. The second is HEX’s oft-overlooked cousin, Heathrow Connect. Heathrow Connect is slower than the Heath...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2015 19 Comments

  • Garuda Indonesia trims London flights, boosts Amsterdam

    SkyTeam alliance member Garuda Indonesia will reduce its flights between Jakarta and London Gatwick in favour of additional flights to Amsterdam. From July 22, Garuda’s London services drop from five-times-weekly via Amsterdam to three-times-weekly, and retain the Dutch detour in each dire...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2015 14 Comments

  • New hotels in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Europe

    Travellers bound for the likes of London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris can give their Hilton HHonors or IHG Rewards accounts a welcome boost at hotels both new and newly-renovated. So too can HHonors and Accor Le Club cardholders in either Venice, Madrid or Istanbul, with new Hilton and Novotel p...

    POSTED 27 May, 2015 0 Comments

  • Plaza Premium to open new airport lounges at Singapore, Heathrow

    Plaza Premium has several new lounges on its slate for 2015, with a strong focus on arrivals lounges where inbound business travellers can rest up before heading into the city to start their day. The Hong Kong-based company will open a new lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 1 "in the ...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2015 2 Comments

  • Photos: London's sleek new Tube trains

    London's new Tube trains to feature WiFi and 'air cooling' Wider doors and 'walk-through' design make life easier for passengers First of 250 new carriages to run from 2022 Like most travellers to London we love using the Tube – London's underground train network – to zip aroun...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2014 17 Comments

  • Thai Airways upgrades London flights to Boeing 747, new first class

    Thai Airways passengers travelling to London Heathrow will soon enjoy an upgraded first class service at the pointy end with the airline switching the route to its newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that from October 26, passe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2014 6 Comments

  • DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton London: Islington opens its doors

    The DoubleTree by Hilton London: Islington has opened its doors to become the 10th DoubleTree hotel in the London area. Guests enjoy the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie when arriving at the newly-renovated hotel, which currently has 229 modern guestrooms. From 1st October, that jum...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • Qantas extends 'free first class upgrades to London' deal

    London-bound travellers have another shot at a free first class upgrade with Qantas extending its ‘Buy Business, Get First in one direction’ offer until the end of August. That means there’s still time to chalk out your next trip to the British capital – paying for a retu...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2014 4 Comments

  • Qantas offers free first class upgrades to London, Dallas, Hong Kong

    Pay for Qantas business class to London, Hong Kong or Dallas/Fort Worth and receive a free one-way upgrade to Qantas first class on the Airbus A380 Earn frequent flyer points and status credits at first class rates on your upgraded flight Gold and Platinum frequent flyers will earn enough poi...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2014 13 Comments

  • When the train beats the plane

    We compare a British Airways flight against the high-speed Eurostar train on the London-Paris route. Think of travelling for business and for most people it's airports rather than train stations that spring to mind. That's especially so in Australia, where a "high-speed train" is one that skips...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2014 19 Comments

  • Odyssey to launch business class-only London to New York flights

    Ambitious startup Odyssey Airlines says it will begin "private jet-style" business class-only flights between London and New York in 2016. Passengers will board a new Bombardier CS100 jet with 40 business class seats which convert into fully-flat beds, with an inflight experience close...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2014 8 Comments

  • Garuda to begin direct flights to Amsterdam in May

    UPDATE | Garuda has abandoned plans for a direct Jakarta-London Boeing 777-300ER service in favour of non-stop flights from Jakarta to Amsterdam, which are scheduled to commence on May 30. Click here for more details. PREVIOUS | Garuda Indonesia plans to launch direct flights between Jakart...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2014 4 Comments

  • Photos: inside Qatar's all-business class Airbus A319 for Doha-London

    Qatar Airways will launch a new all-business class service between Doha and London in May this year, and we've got the first photos from inside Qatar's special 'all premium' Airbus A319 jet. The daily shuttle will seat 40 passengers in a 2-2- layout, with Qatar boasting the seats "have one ...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2014 14 Comments

  • Photos: London's new Britannia Airport on man-made Thames Estuary island

    London could have a new airport built on a man-made island in the Thames estuary east of London by 2020, with high-speed rail lines to London and Europe. London Britannia Airport, would see London's Heathrow Airport closed and converted into a community of 300,000 new house...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2013 21 Comments

  • Travelling to London? Grab an Oyster Card for the Tube and buses

    If you're heading to London, one of the best bits of travel kit you can get is an Oyster card. Similar to Hong Kong's Octopus card, the Oyster is a prepaid tap-and-go smartcard used on public transport throughout London. It covers the extensive London Underground or Tube network, ...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2013 11 Comments

  • Garuda postpones new London Boeing 777 service to May 2014

    Garuda Indonesia has postponed the launch of its Jakarta-London flights to May 2014, a delay of six months from the previously-planned date of November 2 this year. The route was intended to showcase Garuda's factory-fresh flagship Boeing 777-300ER and its new first class suites, and spearh...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2013 9 Comments

  • China Southern: Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to London, Auckland in October

    China Southern will begin Boeing 787 Dreamliner services to London and Auckland in late October, the airline has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller, with Vancouver and Paris tipped to follow. Boeing 787 flights from CZ's Guangzhou hub to London will commence on October 27, with Auckland ...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2013 2 Comments

  • London's Heathrow Airport gets free wi-fi (well, for 45 minutes)

    Travellers passing through London's Heathrow Airport from this weekend will find free wi-fi flowing across all five terminals. That's the good news. And let's face it, free wi-fi is always good news, especially at the beginning or end of a long flight. Not-so-good news is that each user is limi...

    POSTED 31 May, 2013 1 Comment

  • Qatar to restart Boeing 787

    Qatar Airways aims to bring the Boeing 787 Dreamliner back to Australian skies, resurrecting the plans for a daily Perth-Doha service plus a 787 spin on the Kangaroo Route which will let passengers fly Boeing’s next-gen jetliner all the way through to London. Qatar cancelled the launch of ...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

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