On The Ground

Insider tips for travellers to London

Destination advice from passionate travellers – Cathay Pacific’s own people

April OTG

Dominique Tardif

Cabin Crew Base Manager

The wanderer

I never tire of wandering around London. With its contrasting architectural styles, public squares, historical buildings, exhibitions and shows, there’s always something new to see.

We asked our London-based cabin crew to rank their top three things to do in the city. They were: a walk along the South Bank from Tower Bridge to the London Eye, with a lunch stop at the Tate Modern or Borough Market; getting lost in the V&A Museum; and B Bakery’s afternoon tea bus tours, serving high tea onboard original Routemaster buses.

My tip is to explore Brixton, a district in south London that has a vibrant art and music scene. Enjoy live music at the Brixton Academy or The Windmill pub, then try a pop-up restaurant around Brixton Market. Make sure you visit a friendly watering hole like Stir Coffee or Effra Social in Brixton Hill, too.

V&A Museumcredit: ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London
©Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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John Fitzgerald

Business development manager

The history buff

Close to Liverpool Street station is Old Spitalfields Market, where a melting pot of immigrants – including French Huguenots, Irish people, Jewish settlers and Bengalis – has defined East End culture.

Today, Old Spitalfields Market is a regenerated neighbourhood of boutiques, cafes and pubs alongside the Anglican Christ Church on Commercial Street and restored Huguenot houses. Visit Brick Lane for the best curry houses and the Jewish bagel bakeries, followed by a pint in a traditional London pub.

Those interested in the macabre should visit the Ten Bells pub – it was here that at least one of Jack the Ripper’s victims had their last drink (a nighttime Jack the Ripper tour around Spitalfields is a must). When you’ve finished exploring Spitalfields, nearby are the glitzy bars and clubs of trendy Shoreditch.

Busy food stalls, Brick Lane
Doug McKinlay / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images
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Kawai Wong

Social media specialist

The efficient traveller

In 2016, Cathay Pacific relaunched its daily non-stop service between Hong Kong and London Gatwick. If you’re a first-time London visitor, Gatwick is a convenient hub that negates the need for the complicated Tube map – the Gatwick Express train connects you to central London in just 30 minutes. And when I say ‘central’, I mean the epicentre of London.

When you get off at London Victoria station, all the Instagrammable London spots are close: the Apollo Victoria Theatre (for West End shows); Westminster Abbey (where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married); Buckingham Palace (spot those furry-hatted soldiers who guard the Queen); and The Mall, the road that runs from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. Plus, Sloane Square’s upmarket shopping is a stiletto-friendly walk away.

Cathay Pacific flies to London Heathrow and London Gatwick from Hong Kong 42 times a week

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