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Are these the best promotional pictures for a new flight route you’ve ever seen? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Of course they are.
As you might know, British Airways is launching flights from Heathrow to Chengdu in China in September – the first direct route between the two cities. Chengdu is a huge business hub, which is presumably the reason behind the route launch, but it also happens to be home to the giant pandas – the most famous breeding center (which you can visit) is on the outskirts of the city, while there are a few other centers/sanctuaries scattered around Sichuan province, within a few hours of Chengdu.
Hence the pandasor panbassadors, maybe?checking in and checking out the Club World cabin.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: Hackney, East London
This week's Travel Cat lives in Stoke Newington, in the East London borough of Hackney. We were on the terrace of a friend's apartment when this little guy emerged from somewhere and, like a good Hackney hipster, nibbled at kebabs from the Turkish place down the street.
This weekend the news broke that the Sexiest Man Alive is now the Sexiest Dad Alive.
According to People, Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed a baby girl at a London hospital on May 30.
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Despite being one of the busiest and most popular airports in the world, London-Heathrow has been majorly lacking in the free wifi department. Right now, the only ways to get online are either to use wifi in one of the airline lounges or to pay Boingo, one of the most annoying companies out there.
So when we saw a headline about Heathrow offering free wireless as of June 1, we were pretty excited. However, there's a catch.
Even though London has no shortage of awesome restaurants, the foodie scene (especially when it comes to bloggers or people who Instagram everything they eat) still hasn't reached NYC-level proportions. That might be about to change, though, thanks to a new food festival called Toast that kicks off this weekend in the Big Smoke.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis took a royal culinary tour of London over the weekend.
The usually low key Hollywood couple was spotted hanging out with Princess Beatrice and her long-time boyfriend Dave Clark at some of the city's trendiest restaurants and bars on Saturday.
Let's face it, sometimes we all feel a little out of place at art galleries. Some are stuffy, the free ones are crawling with kids (literally), and others feel more like convenience stores with the gift shops pushing touristy trinkets which have nothing to do with the art hanging on the walls.
While we can all appreciate the masters, sometimes we need to be inspired by fresh, new artists injecting their techniques and talent into vector graphics, sculpture and good old brush and canvas. The best place to see this type of work is at Pick Me Up London.
Pick Me Up London is the UK's original graphic arts festival, held annually at Somerset House in London. The 11-day festival focuses on contemporary graphic art, design and illustration. It consists of two floors of paintings, colorful giclée prints, zines, lectures and demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists behind it all.
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Little Red's check-in desks at Edinburgh Airport
Little Red flies three routes: from London-Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester, all intended as feeder destinations to get locals to Heathrow for Virgin Atlantic's long-haul flights. There are 26 flights a day in totalsix each way on the Edinburgh route, three for Aberdeen and four for Manchester. All are perfectly timed to connect with the rest of VA's network.
There’s a launch sale on right now that means you only pay the taxes. Unfortunately, since this is the UK, that means you’re not getting a bargain; it ends up £98 for a return flight between London and Scotland, and £103 return from Manchester.
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Sundance London kicks off on April 25 at The O2 where film fans and music fans can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Sundance Institute has curated a selection of film and panel programming that will not only present new work by independent filmmakers, but will also explore the interplay between independent film and music.
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Yesterday we brought you coverage of the fanfare upon the Edinburgh arrival of Little Red, Virgin Atlantic’s new domestic UK service, flying from London-Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester. Today, it’s time for a photo dump...but also some thoughts on the interior and the overall LHR-EDI flight experience.
Was it as well planned as Branson’s kilt-flashing incident?
The short answer: yes, pretty much.
In a city already bursting at the seems with thousands of cafes and coffee shops, opening a new one might not seem like the best business decision. Unless you're Monocle. With a cafe already in Tokyo, the always-busy team at Monocle is about to open the doors to the newest member of their growing empire: Monocle Cafe London.
Set to officially open April 15th, we were lucky enough to see the cafe during its "soft open" phase.
The cafe sits on a sleepy road with other small businesses and is a short, six-minute walk to Marylebone High Street where you'll find Daunt Books and other distinctly London shops (and a Starbucks, of course). The cafe is hard to miss with its prominent black and white canopy providing shade over the few outdoor stools and one round communal table.
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How many of London's airports can you name? There's Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, uhhh Luton and....City! It's that last one that's often forgotten because it's the smallest of the bunch and nearest to downtown, though the most innovative (and not just because they offer free WiFi).
We just flew through London-City for the first time and came out of the experience a little more hopeful for the future of air travel. It's true they have some freedom to experiment because the airport is tiny, the passengers are mostly frequent flying professionals, and the flights are mostly limited to Europe, but that's all the more reason to detour away from the mega airports to try City's particularly civilized "boutique" airport experience.
Here's what LCY has got going on that makes it so...so fly: