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The pints may be pricey but the museums are free in the UK’s vibrant capital city

London is replete with markets, museums and musicals, and plenty more besides. While it’s impossible to cram all the sights of the city into one trip, you can experience plenty in a London city break.

For the first time visitor, the city can be a little difficult to navigate, so it is worth thinking of the sprawling metropolis as a series of interlinking villages. For your first London trip, spend some time in the West End, soaking up the bars and restaurants of Soho, the lights of Leicester Square, the theatres along Shaftesbury Avenue and the shops of Oxford Street and Covent Garden.

Further to the south, pop along to the chic South Kensington area, where you will be spoilt for choice for museums to explore. The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are all within walking distance and most of the exhibits are free. You can then go and spend the cash you’ve saved in the shops of Knightsbridge or opt for a stroll in the vast Hyde Park.

Why go?
London is one of Europe’s must-see cities, with a brilliant blend of culture, art, architecture, food and nightlife to keep every type of tourist content. While the city may be a little more expensive than most, there are plenty of free attractions to keep you occupied.

Take a stroll down the South Bank, from Waterloo to London Bridge. This pleasant walk along the river will allow you to take in lots of London’s major sights, including the Imax cinema, the London Eye observation wheel, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Tate Modern art gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. There are also plenty of pit-stops for food, drinks and admiring the many street performers along the way.

When to go?
As the UK weather can get pretty chilly in the winter, you are far more likely to grab a cheap flight. However, spring and summer are the best times to visit London. Plan your trip for July or August to coincide with the many outdoor concerts, theatre performances and the Notting Hill Carnival taking place in the capital.

How to get there?
Most low-cost carriers offer frequent cheap fares to London from Scotland, Ireland, the north of England and most of Europe. If you’re based in the UK, train fares can also be relatively cheap if booked in advance.

Must see
London is replete with markets of all shapes and sizes. Head to Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Covent Garden and Camden for crafts and fashions, or pop over to Smithfield and Borough markets to taste gourmet treats. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting on a sunny day, London’s parks are one of the city’s best attractions, and best of all they are free! Grab a picnic and stretch out on a patch of grass, or attempt a spot of boating on the lake.

Take a walk along the river and cross Tower Bridge to visit the Tower of London for a whistlestop tour of English royal architecture, complemented by bloodthirsty tales of gruesome executions.

In the evening, grab a pint at a traditional English pub, accompanied by a meal of fish & chips or sausage& mash, then round off your trip with a West End show. Cheap tickets are on sale at Leicester Square booths for all the major productions.

Airlines that fly New York to London nonstop

Airline ▼ Flight No. Depart Arrival Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Valid
American Airlines 2126 06:00a 07:35p 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 2131 01:00p 05:10a 07/11/2016 - 26/12/2016
American Airlines 1791 01:15p 07:40a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 2146 02:00p 05:10a 06/11/2016 - 01/01/2017
American Airlines 1906 03:00p 07:40a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 1960 03:15p 06:35a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 2118 04:00p 06:50a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 199 04:59p 09:10a 09/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 336 04:59p 09:05a 19/11/2016 - 17/12/2016
American Airlines 2141 05:00p 06:50a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 44 05:15p 10:35a 30/11/2016 - 30/12/2016
American Airlines 44 05:20p 10:30a 06/10/2016 - 27/10/2016
American Airlines 44 05:25p 10:35a 06/11/2016 - 27/11/2016
American Airlines 802 05:25p 09:15a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 66 05:45p 11:50a 07/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 2089 05:45p 09:00a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 2156 06:00p 10:10a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 64 06:05p 11:25a 07/10/2016 - 24/10/2016
American Airlines 64 06:15p 11:35a 26/11/2016 - 17/12/2016
American Airlines 890 06:29p 10:00a 29/10/2016 - 05/11/2016
American Airlines 94 06:55p 01:15p 06/11/2016 - 11/12/2016
American Airlines 94 07:00p 12:35p 15/12/2016 - 29/12/2016
American Airlines 290 07:00p 10:10a 19/10/2016 - 27/10/2016
American Airlines 2122 07:00p 09:00a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 94 07:10p 01:20p 12/10/2016 - 26/10/2016
American Airlines 278 07:20p 10:30a 15/10/2016 - 25/10/2016
American Airlines 210 07:25p 11:00a 10/10/2016 - 24/10/2016
American Airlines 210 07:35p 11:05a 06/11/2016 - 11/12/2016
American Airlines 2128 08:00p 10:10a 06/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
American Airlines 120 09:10p 01:45p 16/10/2016 - 23/10/2016

Frequent flyer mileage calculator

The distance between New York and London is approximately 3462 miles.