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Christmas Lights Tour by Open Top Vintage Bus


Climb aboard a classic open-top vintage Routemaster bus adorned with festive decorations for the holiday season, and see London’s sights and Christmas lights from a unique perspective. This is one spectacular way to see Christmas Lights Tour by Open Top Vintage Bus and one not to be missed during the festive season in London.

Christmas Lights Tour by Bus highlights

  • Enjoy the magnificent Christmas lights of London aboard an open-top bus
  • Admire the lights of Oxford Street and the window displays at Harrods
  • Listen to an amusing commentary that brings London to life by our expert London tour guide

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Christmas Lights in London

Every year from November onwards, London gets decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and this year it will be no different. From graciously gliding around the ice rinks and getting lost in the festive markets to admiring the light displays around London streets. It’s a fantastic time of the year which no one should miss by sitting at home. The weather should not deter you from going out. For London tourists, it’s a sheer treat viewing this spectacle of Christmas lights in beautifully decorated London.

Vintage Routemaster Bus

Experience London at the most beautiful time of year aboard an original 1960s Routemaster bus. The Routemaster buses used to operate between 1956 and 1968. They were an absolute hit with the public. However, they had to be removed from the road due to Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Compliance. Around 1,230 buses are still operational privately and modified with public safety in mind. Surely you wouldn’t want to miss riding on a classic British icon and seeing Christmas lights on this iconic bus’s rooftop.

Your Vintage Bus Tour Guide

Your English-speaking tour guide will welcome you and take you to your preferred seat. And once everyone is boarded, the tour will start. Listen to the interesting commentary from the guide as they show you the best of the city’s Christmas lights and decorations. Journey along a specially designed route with your tour guide who will crack the impression of the British tight upper lip and have you and your small group laughing all across the capital.

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Bus Tour Route

Get in the spirit and see the finest of seasonal decorations. Spend up to 75 minutes soaking up the iconic, astounding landmarks of London in all their festive sparkle. See the shop windows of Oxford Street, pass the Harrods department store, and much more. While walking around you may not be able to see all the London Christmas lights but with this tour, you will be able to see all of them while on top of the bus with spectacular views only for you to behold and for your cameras to capture.

What’s included in the Tour

  • Live English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport by Vintage Bus/Coach
  • Food and drinks (not included)

Meeting point for the Vintage bus Christmas lights tour

We will meet you outside the Grand Hotel at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY

Please see the google maps below for you to plan your travel to the meeting point:

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Important Information regarding your tour

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please be prepared for bad weather conditions

Birthday Celebration Dinner Cruise on the Thames River


We all gathered in London to celebrate my dad’s birthday celebration dinner cruise on the Thames River this July 2022. We heard a lot about it and wanted to celebrate this occasion on the Thames River cruise. It is a fantastic place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. I booked the tickets for 6 of us from Viator which was the London Dinner cruise on the Thames River. My wife and I travelled from Tallinn, Estonia and my mom, brother and his wife travelled from New Delhi, India.

It was a special occasion, as it is very rare that we are able to gather all in London after so long. Especially due to Covid restrictions lasting 2 years. It has been a rough time for friends and family to gather. So here we are at the Westminster Pier sharp by 6.30 pm. Even though our cruise will start by 7 pm. We wanted to make sure that we reach in time and in case of any issues with finding the cruise we have ample time to go to the right place.

Dinner Cruise Starting Point

We had to reach the departure point which was: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK. See the map below.

At the entry which was the boarding point gate, we walked along and were greeted by the ticket checker. we had our London Dinner cruise on the Thames River in hand. Also, Viator sent us a mail where we can add the ticket to the Apple wallet as well.

Dinner cruise starting point
Dinner Cruise Starting Point

We waited in the waiting area to post our ticket check. And we were called to get inside the cruise in like another 10 minutes or so. I was super excited to see the Thames River, London Eye, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. We were asked to queue and we entered the cruise and were given a table for six next to the window. The fantastic view around, while the cruise was a little wobbly.

4 Course Meal Experience at Dinner Cruise

We sat for a while and the background music started playing. The cruise was moving along and we crossed London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wark. While enjoying the London city views. The Food service started and we were first served some drinks. We had the option of having alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. By default, they were serving Sparkling wine.

Bread, butter and Salad for Starters

we were served Bread, butter, and Salad, as we opted for the vegetarian option when we were booking for the cruise. Just want to highlight that please do make sure that when you are doing your booking, please share your food choice i.e. vegetarian, non-vegetarian and any allergies in advance. When you are placing your booking you will be asked about your food preferences.

salad and bread with welcome drink for starters
salad and bread with a welcome drink for starters

Vegetarian Artichokes Lasagne for the main course

had Lasagne Of Artichokes, Spinach And Sauté Of Mixed Mushrooms, and Goats Cheese (V), Served With Seasonal Vegetables. The meal was delicious and was enough for one person. We ordered some wine. It was overall a good combination of food and drink.

lasagne of artichokes at Thames river dinner cruise
lasagne of artichokes at Thames River dinner cruise

Chocolate Truffle cake for Dessert

Finally, we reached the dessert and we got white, Dark And Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake (V) Served With A Raspberry Coulis. The dessert was too big for my wife, so we said we want only one. And my mother knowing diabetic, asked for tea for her instead.

After dessert, we all had the option of coffee, or tea as a palate cleanser.

I wished we had a cake as well, would have been awesome to cut it on the cruise, but we completely forgot about it. Anyways, overall the meal was delicious and all six of us enjoyed it.

Chocolate Truffle Cake at Thame Dinner Cruise
Chocolate Truffle Cake at Thame Dinner Cruise

Live performance at the Cruise

There was nice celebration-related music all the time in the background. After our meals, there was a live performance and the anchor was asking everyone to share the reason for their visit to come to the dinner cruise today. The majority of the people were celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries. The anchor came to us and asked us as well, we shared it was our dad’s birthday. So everyone gave a round of applause and wished him a happy birthday.

Live performance at the Cruise
Live performance at the Cruise

The whole cruise was full of positive vibes and everyone enjoyed it. We all started dancing later and took loads of pictures of all of London’s iconic buildings. As the festive time of the year is approaching you can also book the Christmas Dinner Party Cruise to have fantastic Christmas celebrations with your friends, office colleagues and family.


From Westminster Pier to HMS Belfast and Back

The cruise started from Westminster Pier and we were taken through beautiful London Icons like:

  • Westminster Pier
  • London Eye
  • Shakespeare Globe Theatre
  • Tower Bridge
  • Canary Warf
  • Tower of London
  • The Shard
  • Sea Life London Aquarium
  • St Pauls Cathedral
  • HMS Belfast
  • Canary Wark
  • Cutty Sark
  • O2 Arena
  • Old Royal Naval College

Overall Experience at Thames River Dinner Cruise

It was a fantastic place to celebrate a birthday or any occasion you want to make it special. We enjoyed the food, live music, and ambience set on the cruise. The duration of the cruise is less than 3 hours or so. It is a perfect place for any celebration. We enjoyed our time and at the end of the day when you have your family the time always becomes enjoyable and amazing.


Best Spas in London 2022


While on vacation you would always want to experience and relax in a Spa. Don’t worry we have got you covered by identifying the top Spas in London and sharing all the relevant information for you to book your relaxing Spa time. Sometimes it is good to forget the routine travail and expose yourselves to the soul-pampering experience. Some of the Best Spas in London 2022 are waiting for you with thoroughly gratifying healing treatment for body and mind.

Best Spas in London

London is a well-renowned destination attracting tourists from across the globe through its impeccable sights. Leaving no stone unturned London has covered every arena of entertainment and is dotted with some of the best Spas. If you are looking for a soothing treatment or just want a day indulged in relaxing your nerves then here is the list of unique Spas in London providing the best of services and experience.

  • Spa and Aperitivo at Baglioni Hotel London, Kensington  

Here at the pristine location of Baglioni Hotel, you can find a gateway to the most alluring spa experience. Loaded with some interesting Spa treatments for the body and mind one can easily embrace tranquillity here. The Experience includes:

    • 1 treatment, up to 50 minutes
    • An aperitivo with a choice of drinks
    • Full use of the Steam Room before the treatment commences
    • Relaxation Lounge is at your disposal after the treatment
    • Complimentary use of towels, robes and slippers
    • Arrival from 9 am

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Baglioni relaxation lounge
Baglioni relaxation lounge

  • Boost Spa Day at Saks Hair & Beauty Heston, Heston

The moment you step into the environ of pacifying Saks in Heston you are moved away from all your stress. The ambience is all decked up with an extremely pleasing aura for the senses.

Some of the Saks boost packages here are truly fructuous deals for a wonderful day indulged in self-care.

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Saks Hair & Beauty Heston
Saks Hair & Beauty Heston

  • Feel Good Spa Day at K West Hotel & K Spa, West Kensington

Nestled in a very tempting location, K West assures an escape to a stress-free day indulged in self-pampering. The Spa provides an experience which is embedded with dedicated treatment for the mind, body and soul.

To make a day special and remove all the stressful thoughts from your mind, a visit to K West is a smart decision. It assists in overcoming the negativities and fills up life with happiness and peace.

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K West Hotel and K Spa
K West Hotel and K Spa

  • Detoxify Me Spa Day at The Skin Lounge Spa, Southwark

Getting cosy in the comfiest interiors of Skin Lounge Spa and getting engaged with the very befitting spa packages can be a satisfactory day out in London.

Skin Lounge Spa gives you the opportunity to get rid of stress and other thoughts and detoxify yourselves. The soporific treatment not only relaxes your nerves but also provides a calm sensation throughout the body.

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The Skin Lounge Spa Southwark London
The Skin Lounge Spa Southwark London

  • Time For Two Spa Days at Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel, Bexley

 A day at Bexleyheath Marriott is a day spent well with the revitalizing spa therapy for the entire body from head to toe. Time for two spa day package is a quality deal to witness the most alluring spa services.

With a gorgeous spa package full of luxurious spa delights, Bexleyheath Marriott allows you to get free and leave everything to the experts. This step takes you to the world of silence, peace and sound sleep which regenerates the energy within the body.

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Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel Bexley
Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel Bexley

Benefits of Spa

In today’s stressful life when everyone is busy with hectic schedules and unavoidable pressure there is a need for a corner where people can relax and spend some quality time pampering their bodies, mind and soul. Spas in London offer pleasing benefits that enrich your body muscles and revitalize energy.

Some of the best benefits of Spas are:

  • Relieves pains from the body
  • De-stresses the body
  • Adds life to dead skin
  • Motivates the soul and increases confidence

Best Spas in London Hotels

While staying in London, it may not be a surprise that you want to detox and laze around all day. And to make it even better some of the best London hotels also have the best spas listed below:

  1. The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel – Heavenly Spa at The Westin London City is a glorious venue for all.

  2. Wellness at Mondrian Shoreditch – Wellness at Mondrian Shoreditch is a luxurious London must-visit.
  3. Rena Spa at Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s – When you feel the need for some indulgence in the heart of the city, the Rena Spa at Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s will fit the bill perfectly. Here is a tranquil oasis that seems a thousand miles away from the metropolis, you will be unwinding as you’ve never unwound before.

  4. St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – Unrivalled luxury in the heart of lovely London is ready and waiting for you at the utterly fabulous St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Here amid the buzz of the nation’s capital, you’ll find an oasis of calm that will soothe and inspire you from the moment you walk through the door.

  5. Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf – Right in the heart of the celebrated Docklands area of London, the sumptuous Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf brings you the ultimate urban sanctuary. Wonderfully peaceful on the inside with Stone oven sauna, Aromatic crystal steam room, 6 experience shower sensations and Panoramic relaxation room.

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Best Sustainable Spas in London

Whether we want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or rejuvenate our skin with a deliciously indulgent facial, when coming to  London you can find a sanctuary of serenity and relaxing sustainable spas. Ticking all the eco-conscious credentials, here are our top picks of spas and beauty salons that will take you to a heavenly oasis you won’t want to miss while staying in London.

  • Cloud Twelve – Notting Hill

Cloud Twelve at Notting Hill is a wellness and lifestyle centre in Notting Hill, extending over three floors with an interactive play and learning zone for families with children, an indulgent spa, a luxury salon, a nutritionally focused brasserie and a holistic wellness clinic – all under one roof for you to enjoy and experience.

Cloud Twelve’s indulgent spa is home to a range of natural, yet results-driven treatments that bring together the best of Western and Asian philosophies including massages, facials, pre and postnatal rituals and treatments.

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Cloud Twelve Notting Hill Club
Cloud Twelve Notting Hill Club

  • Lisa Franklin – Chelsea

Lisa Franklin is a highly regarded, award-winning skincare expert, product developer and nutritionist with a stellar reputation for providing results-focused skincare. The spa focuses on you just as much as it does on the planet. All products are cruelty-free and the brand is forest-positive, meaning trees are planted to balance out the production of packaging. Lisa Franklin sources natural ingredients from ethical suppliers who protect and add value back to nature and the communities.

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lisa franklin facial treatment
Lisa Franklin’s facial treatment

  • Lacquered & Stripped – Marble Arch

These planet-friendly facials and massages offered by Lacquered & Stripped at Marble Arch are sure to deliver indulgent relaxation to you. Situated in the characterful and beautiful Connaught Village, this eco-conscious salon focuses on providing first-class care with vegan and sustainable products. Inspired by the Caribbean with relaxing tropical décor, this salon is run on renewable energy, is committed to reducing plastic waste and uses recyclable towels so you can sit back and relax with peace of mind. Book the restorative back, neck and shoulder massage to shed the stress or choose a facial to restore and nourish your skin. And four-legged friends are welcome too!

Lacquered & Stripped Address:

7 Porchester Place, London, GB, W2 2BS

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Lacquered and Stripped Marble Arch
Lacquered and Stripped – Marble Arch

Spa deals in London

Spas in London are a majestic escape into the luxurious ambience embedded with some of the lucrative Spa deals. These include 1-2 treatments as per the requirement ranging from 25 minutes to 60 minutes. The treatment includes back, neck, shoulder massage, facial massage and a lot more body pampering treatments.

Spa deals may vary depending on the different spa locations. There are deals that include complimentary use of towels, robes and slippers, drinks and meals, use of the steam room, Goodie bag (optional), use of leisure facilities and much more. 

Check out some of the Spa deals below:

Spa packages in London

Spa packages in London are categorised as follows:

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 Night
  • 2 Night
  • Luxury
  • Christmas
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Twilight Spa-Gazing
  • Outdoor Pools and Hot Tubs
  • Men’s
  • Hen parties
  • Pregnancy
  • Groups
  • Couples
  • Golf and Spa breaks

Christmas Party Dinner Cruise


Get into the festive spirit and celebrate Christmas as you sail along, taking in London’s iconic skyline. Enjoy a traditional 3-course meal on the board. Get your dancing shoes on as the onboard DJ plays a selection of Christmas classics and contemporary hits.

Board your boat for the evening at Westminster Pier and enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The boat departs Westminster and sets sail towards Canary Wharf, passing by a selection of London’s most iconic landmarks and attractions along the way. Pose for photos with your friends and family as you admire the Tower of London, London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Cutty Sark, and more, lit up against the backdrop of the city. After some sightseeing, it’s time to head inside where a festive 3-course meal is served.

Enjoy a tasty salmon starter and delicious roast turkey main, followed by an indulgent chocolate dessert. Dinner is accompanied by a half-bottle of wine per person, but you can keep the drinks flowing all night long at the onboard bar. Once you’re full up from dinner, get your dancing shoes on and dance the night away as the onboard DJ plays a selection of iconic Christmas hits as well as contemporary tracks.

This is the perfect boat party to celebrate Christmas in style and get yourself well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Surely you don’t want to miss out on a spectacular timeout with your friends and family at the Christmas party dinner cruise. Amazing time and experience are guaranteed.

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Dinner at Christmas Party Cruise
Dinner at Christmas Party Cruise

Christmas Party Dinner Cruise Highlights

  • Celebrate Christmas in style on a cruise of the River Thames
  • Dine on a deliciously festive 3-course meal
  • Admire London’s famous skyline on a 4-hour cruise
  • Dance the night away to a selection of Christmas classics

Enjoy christmas party dinner at cruise
Enjoy a Christmas party dinner at the cruise

What Included in the Dinner Cruise

  • 4-hour cruise
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • 3-course traditional festive dinner menu followed by tea/coffee
  • Half a bottle of wine per person
  • DJ and dancing
  • Onboard bar as per request

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Important Information about the Dinner Cruise

  • This cruise requires a smart-casual/festive dress code
  • Guests will be seated at tables of 10, which are located in very close proximity to each other, perfect for the festive spirit.
  • Bookings of less than 10 customers will be sharing a table
  • Boarding: 18.30 for 19:00 departure and 18:45 for 19:15 departure.

How to Reach the Christmas Party Dinner Cruise?

Staff will be at City Cruises’ Westminster Pier to direct you to the correct boarding point. Please arrive 20 minutes before the departure time: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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Check Christmas Dinner Cruise Availability

It’s always better to plan your Dinner cruise well in advance. Chances are that the event will get sold out knowing its popularity. We recommend checking the availability below to plan and book the dinner cruise.


The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Admission Ticket


When in London, you don’t want to miss the fresh and fragrant air of “The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew”. Stroll along a walkway high up in the treetops, and explore acres of gardens under glass. Step inside a royal palace, discover galleries of botanical art, and experience 250 years of royal history at Kew Gardens, London’s largest World Heritage Site.

About The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Enjoy a full day out at Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just 30 minutes from central London by Underground and Overground trains. Your ticket includes entry to 326 acres of gardens, 3 art galleries, a treetop walkway, and Kew Palace.  Step inside Kew Palace and explore a beautiful royal retreat comprising the bedrooms of princesses, an intimate dining room, and the newly restored Georgian Royal Kitchens. The site also includes extensive gardens under glass that support a variety of plant life year-round.

See the giant lily pads in the Waterlily House, then experience an alluring rainforest in the Palm House. Afterwards, travel through 10 climate zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.  Other highlights include the Arboretum. Standing 17 meters tall and constructed from 170,000 aluminium parts and 1,000 LED lights, the Hive structure mimics the visual and sound effects of an actual beehive in Kew Gardens.

Learn all about the extraordinary life of bees, and the vital role they play in the health of the planet. And finally, round off your visit at one of the site’s cafes and restaurants that serve hot meals and classic afternoon teas (not included).

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Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Ticket Details:

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
  • Covid-19 precautions- Special health and safety measures apply.
  • Reserve now & pay later- Reserve now & pay later to book your spot without any charges today.
  • Mobile ticketing- Use your phone or print your voucher
  • Valid 1-day check availability to see starting times.
  • Instant confirmation
  • Wheelchair accessible

Experience Highlights

  • Explore London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience the fascinating rainforest in the Palm House
  • Take a walk in the treetops, 18 meters above ground level
  • Learn about the extraordinary life of bees at The Hive
  • Admire a collection of over 14’000 trees at the Arboretum

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What’s included with The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Admission Ticket?

  • Admission to Kew Gardens
  • Free walking tours that take place at least twice daily, subject to availability
  • Map and seasonal highlights guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Explorer train

Covid-19 precautions:  Safety measures in place

  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce the crowds

Meeting point:

Arrive at any entrance to Kew Gardens. Check out the google map location below:

By Train: The closest entrance to Kew Gardens station (Underground and Overground trains) is Victoria Gate, located on Kew Road, Postcode: TW9 3JR.

By Bus: Following buses will go to Kew Gardens from all around London. Additionally, you can check our “Getting Around in London” section to reach Kew Gardens.

Route 65 stops close to Lion Gate, Elizabeth Gate, and Victoria Gate.

Route 110 stops near Kew Gardens station and Elizabeth Gate.

Routes 237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station.

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Additional information:

Please remember the following before booking your The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Admission Tickets:

  • Kew Gardens is fully wheelchair accessible with an elevator giving access to the upper floors of Kew Palace
  • All children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Kew Palace is closed during winter, please check before purchasing your admission ticket.
  • Kew Gardens is closed on 24 and 25 December.
  • Free walking tours take place at least twice daily, subject to availability

Riyadh to London Tour Packages


Planning your holiday trip from Riyadh to London? look no further, we have got it covered here in this post solely focusing on Riyadh to London tour packages. Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and the largest city on the Arabian Peninsula. The population of Riyadh is 7.6 million in 2019, making it the most populous city in Saudi Arabia. The GDP per capita income of Riyadh is $ 32,372, which is the second-highest after Dhahran’s $55,940. This makes the city have high disposable income to travel around the world and a high inbound travel destination to the UK.

Transport mediums to travel to London from Riyadh

The distance between Riyadh and London is a whopping 6,118 km by road and 4,946 km by air. You need to be super adventurous to do road travel to reach London from Riyadh. By Road, it can take a minimum of 62 hours to reach London. Of course, you will be taking breaks throughout your journey. So it can take up to 7 -9 days of being on the road to reach London. However, the best alternative we would recommend to travel to London from Riyadh will be Air travel.

Best Airlines to travel from Riyadh to London

The best airline service and most efficient on-time arrival will be the national airline of Saudi Arabia which is Saudia. Reviewers on Tripadvisor have given 3.5 stars to the Saudia airline. Following are the topmost recommended airlines for travel to London from Riyadh:

  1. Saudia (3.5 stars on Tripadvisor)
  2. Emirates (4 stars on Tripadvisor)
  3. British Airways ( 3.5 stars on Tripadvisor)
  4. Qatar (4 stars on Tripadvisor)
  5. KLM (4 stars on Tripadvisor)

The fastest among the above-mentioned flights will be Saudia and British Airways which will take roughly 7 hours to reach London. Both these flights offer non-stop flight from Riyadh to London. We recommend Saudia as a flight to book your trip from Riyadh to London.

Top London hotels to stay for Riyadh Tourists

Once you are done with the visa formalities and flight booking, you will need to sort out the hotel booking. London has the most beautiful and highest number of 5-star hotels in the world with 75 hotels in total. Surpassing Dubai which has 61 5-star hotels. The top 10 London hotels as per travel and leisure in 2022 are as follows:

S.No Hotel Name Score  
1 Shangri-La the Shard, London 97.86 Check Availability
2 The Goring, Belgravia 96.55 Check Availability
3 The Connaught, Westminster 95.79 Check Availability
4 The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection 95.50 Check Availability
5 Kimpton Fitzroy London 95.24 Check Availability
6 Claridge’s, Mayfair 94.60 Check Availability
7 The Savoy, Strand 93.63 Check Availability
8 Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 92.95 Check Availability
9 Four Seasons Hotel London, Park Lane 92.50 Check Availability
10 Rosewood London 92.39 Check Availability

In case you are looking for other specific London hotels you can search and book below basis availability:

Visa requirements for Travelling to London from Riyadh

For Riyadh to London travel, it is mandatory for Citizens as well as ex-pats to apply for a visa to travel to the UK. Following is the process for booking your UK tourist visa:

1. Choose the UK Visa Type

You will have to choose the right visa to travel to the UK. Generally, tourists who are travelling to the UK for a short term can apply for a short-term visa which is valid for up to 6 months. You can see all visa types here Link

2. UK Visa Fees

Following are the visa fees to travel to the UK:

    • Standard Visitor visa – for the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey
Visa types – Standard Visitors Visa application fee in Saudi Arabian Riyal (﷼) Visa application fee (USD)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) SAR 499 $ 133
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) SAR 1,890 $ 504
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) SAR 3,431 $ 915
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) SAR 4,305 $ 1,148
Visiting academic – more than 6 months up to 12 months SAR 994 $ 265
Marriage visitor visa SAR 499 $ 133
Permitted paid engagement visa SAR 499 $ 133
Private medical treatment – more than six months up to 11 months SAR 994 $ 265
Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group (the UK only) SAR 499 $ 133
    • Child Visitors
Visa types – Child Visitors Visa application fee in Saudi Arabian Riyal (﷼) Visa application fee (USD)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) SAR 499  $ 133
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) SAR 1,890 $ 504
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) SAR 3,431 $ 915
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) SAR 4,305 $ 1,148

Please Note: The visa fees may change from time to time. We will keep it updated, in case the changes are frequent, you may also visit the “Gov.UK” website to check the latest UK visa fees from Riyadh.

3. Apply for a UK visa Online and Pay

Once you have decided the type of visa you want to apply you, you will then have to fill out the application form on the Gov.UK website in English and pay online for the visa type selected. At the bottom of the page, you will see a “Start Now” button to start a new application. Apply Here

4. Appointment at VFS Global Riyadh

Once you have completed the application and paid the fees online, you will be redirected to the VFS Global website to book a face-to-face appointment to submit the visa application documents and biometric capture. Following is the Riyadh UK Visa application centre:

VFS Global Riyadh Address Opening Hours
UK Visa Application Centre 2591 Makkah road, al Hada, Riyadh 12913, Saudi Arabia, (Beside Marriott Courtyard, Opposite of Diplomatic Quarters Gate 2) Business hours are Sunday to Thursday 09:00 – 16:00

To know more about the Riyadh UK visa application centre click here. To edit or reschedule your booked appointment you can Log in to VFS global here.

5. Documents to carry on the appointment day

Once your appointment is fixed, you will have to carry the following documents with you to the visa application centre:

  • Printout of the Appointment Confirmation letter confirming the details of your appointment (Received from VFS Global)
  • Valid passport or travel document (With at least 1 page that is blank on both sides)
  • Printout of your checklist (From your completed application on GOV.UK)
  • Supporting documents you have not uploaded your documents online, you will need to bring them with you to the Visa Application Centre. Please refer to UKVI guidelines for your visa type for the documents you must provide. Documents should be sized, sorted and separated according to the supporting documents guidelines, to ensure swift processing at the Riyadh Visa Application Centre.

Once you have sorted your visa, you will have to Book your flights which we have recommended above. And once you have booked your flight you land in the dreamland of London. Below you can see our top-selling London tour packages you must check out and book.

Latest News: Going forward from 22 February 2024 onwards, Saudi Arabian Nationals will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) if they are travelling to the UK. Click here to know more. 

Best London Tour Packages for tourists travelling from Riyadh:

1. London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to 80 of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

The London Pass
The London Pass


2. Big Bus Hop On Hop Off London Tour

See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to the captivating commentary.

Big Bus London hop on hop off tour of London
Big Bus London hop on hop off tour of London


3. London Eye Ticket with skip-the-line Tour

Skip the line for a perfect Last Minute London Eye experience! With fast-track entry for your standard flight in a shared capsule, you get to skip the majority of the queue. Don’t waste time waiting in lines on vacation! The London Eye offers spectacular views of the capital of England from high above the River Thames.

the london eye is a giant ferris wheel on the south bank of the River thames near westminster bridge
London Eye ticket with skip the link tour


4. Warner Bros. Studio: The Making of Harry Potter with Luxury Round-Trip Transport from London

Step into the mystical world of Harry Potter™ with a behind-the-scenes visit to Warner Bros. Studio London. With luxury round-trip transport from London Victoria to the north London studios included, this 7-hour experience enables you to discover the magic of the Harry Potter films without any hassle.

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Warner bros studio the making of harry potter with a luxury round trip in London


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Coronavirus London Latest Information and Advice


Coronavirus London Latest Information and Advice

29 March: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the “COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 (roadmap)” for more information on roadmap out of lockdown in England. It is underpinned by law.

From 29 March:

  • you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
  • you can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
  • childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children
  • formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number

Keeping yourself and others safe

You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

You should follow this guidance in full to limit the transmission of COVID-19. It is underpinned by law.

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. From 1 April, you will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take precautions to protect yourself.

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19

To help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community you should continue to follow all of the guidance on this page even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.

We do not know by how much the vaccine stops COVID-19 from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread COVID-19 to others.

Meeting family and friends indoors

You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.

Meeting friends and family outdoors (rule of 6)

You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:

  • in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
  • in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

If you’re in a support bubble

If you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.

Where you can meet

You can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors. This includes private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, and other outdoor public places and venues that remain open. These include the following:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public and botanical gardens
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • outdoor sculpture parks
  • allotments
  • public playgrounds
  • outdoor sports venues and facilities

If you need to enter through a house to get to a garden or other outside space and there is no alternative access, you should wear a face covering, wash or sanitise your hands when entering, and then go straight to the outside space. If you need to use the bathroom, wash your hands thoroughly and go back outside immediately. You should maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.

When you can meet with more people or meet indoors

Gatherings above the limit of 6 people or 2 households, or gatherings indoors, can only take place if they are permitted by an exception. These exceptions are listed on this page.

Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaking the limit if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.

Travelling to England from outside the UK

All visitors to London, England are subject to the coronavirus restriction rules.

All those planning to travel to London should follow the guidance on entering the UK. Before travelling to the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, unless you are exempt.

All arrivals will need to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. Arrivals must book a travel test package. See the guidance on how to quarantine when you arrive in England.

You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days, unless you’re:

  • a British national
  • an Irish national
  • anyone with residence rights in the UK

Everyone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days must:

  • quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel
  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining, the tests are included in the hotel package
  • follow the guidance on this page

See the guidance on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

Check out the London Tour Packages here.

Advice for visitors and foreign nationals in England

Foreign nationals are subject to the national restrictions.

If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.

Notting Hill Carnival Going Digital for August 2020 Festival


Notting Hill Carnival Going Digital for August 2020 Festival

Notting Hill Carnival announced that they are going Digital for the coming annual August 2020 calendar festival. This is not a surprise as many festivals are hit by the COVID Pandemic. The street festival in London attracts more than a million visitors every year. The main parade starts on Great Western Road, winding its way along Chepstow Road, then on to Westbourne Grove, and then down Ladbroke Grove. However, all this is set to change this year.

Matthew Phillip, executive director of organisers Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, said the event which will be broadcasted globally over four online channels will offer viewers a peak behind the curtain of Europe’s biggest street party. It will include performances, interviews and cookery shows.

He told the Standard: It was not right to not do anything. We wanted to celebrate the carnival and the people behind it. With it being digital, now it is an around-the-world experience – it is going global.

Notting Hill London Carnival going Digital Aug 2020
Notting Hill London Carnival going Digital Aug 2020

Speaking about the logistics of hosting a digital carnival, Matthew said: Lockdown has meant that we have all fast-forwarded in terms of technology. It is something we should have been embracing before, online and broadcasting. This is a new kind of carnival. It was always going to adapt and we are going to be embracing it. It is an opportunity to open people up to the carnival and give people a peak behind the curtain.

The cancellation of this year’s physical festival marks the first time it is not being staged on the streets of Notting Hill and Kensington since it was launched in 1966.

Notting Hill Carnival over the years – See Pictures below

Digital Notting Hill Carnival Schedule

Viewers tuning in from 6 pm on Saturday, August 29 will be able to experience the performances from steel bands, sound systems, plus calypso and Soca dancers. There will be interviews with the people behind the event, plus food and drink shows.

The content for the digital carnival has been filmed over the past month. The event is being supported by Kensington and Chelsea Council, Westminster Council and the Greater London Authority.

Watch the Digital Notting Hill Carnival 2020 Introduction video


Digital Notting Hill Carnival for 2020 Replaces the Street Festival for one year

The arts, music and food of the Notting Hill Carnival go online

The Carnival experience at home!

Steel Bands, Sound Systems, Mas Bands, Brazilian Bands, Calypso and Soca performances, food and drink shows, interviews and much more!

Carnival Warm-Up

Steelpan Show & Calypso & Groovy Soca

Channel 1: Saturday 29 August 6 pm – Midnight

Carnival Culture

Channel 1: Saturday 29 August 9am – 12pm

Parade Channel

Channel 2: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August 12pm – 8pm

Sound System Channel

Channel 3: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August 12pm – 8pm

Main Stage Channel

Channel 4: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August 8pm – 11pm

For access to the video channels please head over to Lets Go Do and sign up.

Watch at:

Twitter:@NHCarnivalLDN Instagram: @nhcarnivalldn FB: @NHCarnivalLDN

Get The Official Notting Hill Carnival App – Apple & Android

Details on how to register to view the channels and the full lineup can be found at

If you are already in London, check out our London Tours Page to see which tours you can go for during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Keep looking into our News sections for all the latest.

London Tourists Attractions and Restaurants are Opening – COVID-19


From 4th July London is opening its doors to tourists. Many see the move as caution. Many still think it’s the right move. We all need to make sure that we take all the right precautions while moving around within London or coming to London for holidays, tourism, and family meetings after more than 3 months of COVID-19 lockdown. London will never be the same, as some say. But we need to support our businesses and kick-start the tourism economy with caution.

London Attractions are Opening

London tourist Attractions Opened and opening up – 10th July 2020

London’s top attractions are allowed to open their gates to tourists from around the world and within the UK. Despite the new ruling, some of the attractions are still closed namely The British Museum, National History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum.

The National Gallery opened on the 8th of July, the Tower of London on the 10th of July, and Tate Britain and Modern will open on the 27th of July. Each one of London’s attractions has to follow strict pandemic rules and make sure all the places are sanitised and every public entrant needs to be thermally tested before entering the premises.

Londoners are urged to become Tourists – Sadiq Khan

Londoners are urged by the government (Sadiq Khan) to become tourists in their own city to support COVID-19 recovery. The city has been massively hit by the pandemic. And everyone dreads a long painful recovery for local businesses. Experts are contemplating a slow tourism recovery, as many nations are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. European countries have somewhat recovered from the pandemic, but we all need to be cautious and start travelling responsibly. London locals are allowed to move around the city without any restrictions and are asked by the government to visit London’s beautiful sites.

London restaurants are opening post covid
London restaurants are opening post COVID-19

Restaurants Now Open in London – 10th July 2020

Many restaurants have opened up in the city of London, and all have been extra cautious and doing what they can to maintain hygiene and serve the city. The majority of them were functional partially by doing home delivery of the food. And now Londoners and tourists can enjoy going to restaurants as the rules have been recently relaxed. Following are some of the restaurants which have recently opened up in the city of London:


This Filipino restaurant on High Street Kensington will reopen on July 10. 343 Kensington High Street, W8 6NW,


The popular Indian restaurant group will reopen its Carnaby, King’s Cross and Shoreditch locations on July 10, with Kensington following on July 24. For a limited time, it will allow diners to book in groups of up to six in the evenings. Various locations,


Patrick Powell’s highly praised Stratford restaurant will return on July 10. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, E20 1FD,

Da Terra

Rafael Cagalli’s two Michelin-starred restaurants in Bethnal Green will welcome guests from July 10. 8 Patriot Square, E2 9NF,


The sky-high seafood restaurant at The Hoxton in Southwark will reopen on July 10. 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY,


The popular Notting Hill Italian has said it plans to reopen on July 10 (bookings open on June 24). 95-97 Portobello Road, W11 2QB,

Brigadiers, Bank

Indian barbecue, beer & whisky restaurant Brigadiers is now open for terrace dining Weds-Sat 12 pm-9.30 pm before the bar opens on 15 July,

Goodman, Mayfair

Goodman steak restaurant reopens its flagship location so you can enjoy that Lake District grass-fed fillet once again, GoodmanMayfair.COM

Kitty Fisher’s, Mayfair

Kitty Fisher’s returns with an outside space, a few ground-floor tables and a takeaway to start.

Jamavar, Mayfair

This high-end Indian restaurant near Berkeley Square returns with its highly rated tasting

Go out, enjoy the heart of London, and be safe and travel responsibly.

Note: You can book your COVID-19 test here

When is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2019


This is the time of the year when winter is around the corner and want to enjoy the snowfall, mulled wine and a good time with family and friends. So when is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2019? Winter Wonderland opens on 21st November 2019 and will close on 5th January 2020. The wonderland will be accessible to everyone from 4 pm onwards on 21st November.

Where is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland?

The winter wonderland is held in Hyde Park. The nearest tube station to reach hyde park are Bond Street station, Green Park Knightsbridge, and Marble Arch. Every year, millions of people flock to see and exhibit the display, ride, food and wine. It’s a place where everyone can come and will be welcomed. There are various types of rides from roller coasters, ice rinks, and ice bars, to kids’ rides.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Attraction

This year around you can exhibit the following pre-bookable attractions:

  1. Magical Ice Kingdom presents A Christmas Carol
  2. New 70 Metre Observation Wheel
  3. Mr Men & Little Miss The Show
  4. Paddington™ on Ice
  5. Zippos Christmas Circus
  6. Cirque Berserk
  7. Season Ride Pass
  8. Ice Skating
  9. Bar Ice
  10. Ice Sculpting Workshop
  11. Winter Wonderland Comedy Club
  12. Bar He Karaoke

You can book any or all of the above Attractions tickets from here:

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Check out Last year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2018 Video:

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