First Class Flights to First Class Sights in London
First World Decisions Are Made in Westminster Palace
Perched along the busy Thames River, the Palace of Westminster is a grand symbol of British success and resilience. It is often the first landmark travelers recognize as their first class flights come in for landing. First constructed in the 11th-century, the palace was the home of England’s monarchs and later became the permanent home of the British Parliament. The palace's most famous feature is its Queen Elizabeth Tower, sometimes mistakenly called Big Ben. Though only permanent residents of the U.K. can tour the Queen Elizabeth Tower, visitors from other countries can experience U.K. government in action by viewing debates in the House of Lords and House of Commons. Visitors to the Neo-Gothic Westminster Palace also enjoy tours of the site’s sculptures, the House of Lords’ decorative arts and contemporary portraiture.
Walk in the Footsteps of Kings With a First Class Day at Westminster
A World Heritage site and England’s national church, Westminster Abbey is simply stunning. Its arches have sheltered the coronation of every British monarch since William the Conqueror. It has been the site of numerous royal weddings, from King Henry I’s 12th-century marriage to Prince William’s 2011 wedding. The expansive church has dozens of fascinating areas, including the banner-filled Lady Chapel, the golden Coronation Chair, the statues of the North Transept’s Statesman Aisle and the South Transept’s Poet’s Corner. In all, 17 British monarchs are buried at the abbey as well as 3,300 other important priests, politicians, architects, historians, writers and soldiers.
A Foot in Each Hemisphere: First Class Globetrotting at Greenwich’s Prime Meridian
The Greenwich area is home to some of London’s most fascinating museums. Its Royal Observatory features a planetarium where you can experience the cosmos, meet national astronomers and discover the development of timekeeping. You can also place yourself in both the Western and Eastern hemispheres by straddling the Meridian Line. Nearby is the world’s largest maritime museum, where you are welcome to explore 10 galleries filled with maps, navigational charts and memorabilia. Continue the seafaring theme with a short walk to the Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of its time. Finally, the Queen’s House is a beautiful example of Classical architecture and houses a stellar art collection. Greenwich is a quaint neighborhood that feels like its own small town. If you prefer to stay away from the bustle of urban living, book a hotel here when you book your business class flight deals to London. You'll have easy access to London's busier neighborhoods via the TUbe, but sleep in the quiet of Greenwich.
Honor the First Class Victories of Lord Nelson and Tour the National Gallery at Trafalgar
Deeply historic, Trafalgar Square has been the site of celebrations, political demonstrations, rallies and other gatherings for more than 150 years. Its iconic Nelson Column is surrounded by irresistibly large lion statues and a host of other statues and public art pieces. The square also offers an inviting fountain and leads to the popular National Gallery building and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The National Gallery is one of the world’s premier art museums, featuring works from the 13th to 19th century. You’ll see paintings by Botticelli, Titian, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Monet and Matisse as well as busts by Bernini and ancient chalices.