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British Airways’ top tips for visiting London in two days

With the capital city of the United Kingdom offering so much to do, it seems almost impossible to see all of the main attractions of London in just 48 hours.

To help Chinese visitors explore and experience London in a short timeframe, British Airways has put together its top list of places to visit and things to do. With careful planning, visitors can enjoy a memorable visit to London in two days.

British Airways’ commercial manager for North and West China, Summer Zhu, said, “To get the most out of your time in London, we have suggested a range of different activities. Some of our suggestions are free and for others, you don’t even need to book in advance. Use our tips to plan your own bespoke itinerary to get a real taste of London.”

Watch the Changing of the Guard
Don’t miss this colourful spectacle of British pageantry which takes place daily outside Buckingham Palace at 11.30am from April until the end of July. For the rest of the year it takes place on alternate days. The famous ceremony sees one regiment taking over the duty of guarding the Sovereign from another. It’s free to watch through the palace gates and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Grab a bargain at Camden market
Combine shopping and people watching at one of London’s biggest markets, attracting more than 100,000 visitors every weekend. It’s an eclectic mix of cool independent stalls and stores selling unique clothes and items you won’t find anywhere else.

Ride the Coca-Cola London Eye
Bag the best view of the city with a half-hour ride on the iconic 443ft-tall Coca-Cola London Eye observation wheel. Board one of the glass pods to enjoy a 360-degree view of London. Splash out extra cash to sip champagne at the same time!

Watch a Premier League football match
Football fans are spoilt for choice when visiting London, with five Premier League football teams based in the capital: Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham United. Time your visit to catch a glimpse of the world’s biggest stars in action. You can buy tickets directly from the club and avoid ticket touts re-selling outside stadiums as they overcharge and could even sell you a fake.

Treat yourself at the historic Harrods store
Posh department store Harrods is a British institution with a 150-year history of selling luxury goods and is a must-see on your visit to London. Harrods is famous for its lavish celebrity endorsements, vast food hall and iconic green bags.

Enjoy a picnic in Hyde Park
Pack up your lunch and dine al fresco in Hyde Park – one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks, covering a huge 350 acres. It’s home to famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake,?Speakers’ Corner?and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Other activities on offer include open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis, horse riding and live music festivals.

See a West End show
With more than 40 theatres in the capital, there’s always a show to catch with tickets available on the day from official sellers. Choose from popular musicals such as ‘Les Misérables’ to plays like ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time’.

Take in Chinatown
London’s original Chinatown was in the East End but moved to the bustling heart of Soho in the 1950s, where it has become one of the city’s most popular places for visitors. Marvel at street performers, dine in one of its many restaurants or just soak up the atmosphere.

Brave a Jack The Ripper walking tour
The gruesome ‘Jack the Ripper’ serial killer mystery of 1888 is one of the most famous in the world. Re-live the grim tale with the help of a ‘ripperologist’ tour guide, who will take you to some of the most infamous murder spots.

Dine at Borough Market
Food fans flock to Borough Market to sample the finest street foods on offer, cooked fresh every day and sold from stalls. Name a food or drink and chances are you’ll be able to sample it at Borough, from paella to pies, champagne to cider – it has it all.

Hire a ‘Boris’ bike
The Undergound isn’t the only way to get around London. For a few pounds you can hire one of the thousands of bikes available to self-hire all around the capital. The city is full of cycle lanes and there are even free guided ride tours every day. Just be careful if you?take to the roads without a helmet.

Tour the Natural History Museum
From dinosaurs to massive mammals, explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth all under one roof. The Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are world famous, including its giant roaring T. rex. The Natural History Museum is also home to the first?T. rex?fossil ever found.

British Airways currently offers daily flights from Beijing and Shanghai to London, and five flights a week in the summer schedule from Chengdu to London. It is the only airline to offer a four-cabin service from Shanghai and Beijing to London and operates a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its direct service between Chengdu and London.

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About British Airways
British Airways’ route network currently serves more than 179 destinations in 75 countries. The airline has been flying to mainland China for over 30 years and currently offers daily flights from Beijing and Shanghai to London, and five flights a week in summer schedule as well as three flights a week in winter schedule from Chengdu to London. Now travellers can also book flights on ba.com to travel to the UK and Europe from Chongqing, Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Nanjing, Sanya, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Xiamen via Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu on Air China, China Eastern Airlines or Hainan Airlines or via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair.

British Airways is investing £5 billion in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

The airline operates from the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, which is exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers and is capable of handling 31.6 million customers a year. In 2015, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the World’s Best Airport Terminal for the fourth year running. London Heathrow Airport also won the Best Airport Shopping award for the sixth time.

In October 2014, British Airways was awarded the Best Airline, Best Short-Haul Airline and Best Frequent Flyer Programme by Business Traveller for the second consecutive year. The oneworld alliance, of which British Airways was a founding airline, came first in the Best Alliance category.

In March 2015, British Airways was also named the top Business and Consumer Superbrand at the Superbrands 2015 Awards, becoming the first travel brand to win both prestigious titles.

For further information, please visit ba.com.

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