Dubai to London

Head to this cultural hub of old and new – but don’t forget your umbrella


The Old: J Sheekey
London institution J Sheekey has been serving up some of the city’s finest fresh fish for well over a century. The central London location and high quality of cooking (and admittedly steep prices) have always attracted a fashionable crowd.
28-32 St Martin’s Court (+44 20 7240 2565;

The New: Albion at The Boundary Project

The Terrence Conran-owned Albion calls itself a ‘caff’, but really couldn’t be farther from your archetypal greasy spoon. Within a sleek and elegantly decorated interior, the Albion serves the best in British cuisine at affordable prices.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 (+44 20 7729 105;


The Old: Claridge’s
The opulent Claridge’s has long been the Mayfair destination for comfort, service and downright decadence. From the lavish art-deco interior style, to Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurant and a world-beating afternoon tea, indulging in a stay at Claridge’s really is an exercise in true 1930s British glamour.
Brook Street W1K 4HR (+44 20 7629 8860;

The New: The Zetter
The Zetter is a modern, stylish and very reasonably priced boutique situated in the esteemed Clerkenwell district. Along with free wifi, 24-hour room service and movies on demand there are also unique touches such as Penguin paperbacks, pink mood lighting and Eley Kishimoto textiles.
St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road (+44 20 7324 4444;


The Old: London Eye
Well, oldish – the world’s largest observation wheel is the best way to view the breathtaking cityscape of London. Book one of the ‘flights’, which offer luxuries such as Pimm’s, bubbly or Green & Black’s chocolate to enhance what is already a fantastic experience.
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, (+44 870 5000 600;

The New: Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway
The recently opened Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway is an exhilarating experience for nature lovers, offering the chance to roam through a lush woodland canopy 18m above the ground.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond (+44 20 8332 5655;

Getting there

Virgin Atlantic has regular flights from Dubai to London Heathrow airport, currently starting from around Dhs2,700. (

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