Stay... Boutique Hoxton Hotel: Slap bang in the heart of trendy Shoreditch is the Hoxton hotel. This modern, luxurious stay is a breath of fresh air with its free Wi-Fi, free breakfast in bed and one hour of local calls included in its room rates. The hotel also sells five rooms per night for a £1! Check the website for sign-up details. www.hoxtonhotel.com
Expensive The Mayfair: Near to Hyde Park and Bond Street, The Mayfair is a fantastic combination of old-school luxury and modern charm. Seriously prestigious, you’re in healthy danger of spotting the old celeb or two. www.themayfairhotel.co.uk
Eat... Budget S&M Cafes: Dotted all round London is this chain of inexpensive, authentic pie and mash shops. You can’t get much more British than a pie, mashed potato and gravy, in a casual diner-style setting. Don’t expect posh dining, but do expect proper comfort food. www.sandmcafe.co.uk
Expensive The Ivy: If there’s one restaurant which sums up the elegance of London, it’s the iconic Ivy. Although Dubai now has its own, check out the original in the heart of the West End. For seasonal, modern European food in an intimate setting, you can’t get much better. 1-5 West St, WC2H 9NQ.
Must see... Tate Modern. One of London’s most interesting museums offers something for everyone, even if they say they don’t like modern art. The ever-changing exhibitions will capture the imagination and there’s always the yummy cafe! www.tate.org.uk
Must do... Spitalfields market. We love London’s diverse markets, which are a world away from UAE malls. Head to Spitalfields in Shoreditch for unique stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to antiques and records. www.vistspitalfields.com
Flight time Six-seven hours.
Getting there A return ticket on BA costs around Dhs2,500. www.ba.com