Together with our partner Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia operates flights to London from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
London Airport Information
Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways fly into Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Airport is located in Hillingdon, 30km and 30 minutes’ drive from London city centre. The airport can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Heathrow Trains: Trains offer the quickest link between Heathrow and central London. There are two specific Heathrow rail services: Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect. Heathrow Express is the fastest option, with a journey time of 15 minutes to or from London Paddington Station. Heathrow Connect stops at local stations in west London before reach Paddington or Heathrow in 26 minutes.
- Underground (The Tube): London Underground's Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow Airport and London. Journey time is under an hour. Terminal 4’s Tube station is located in the buildings basement. A single fare to central London costs approx. £5.
- Bus: An extensive bus network operates around Heathrow and to destinations in west London and the Thames Valley. Most services run to and from Heathrow’s central bus station, located near Terminals 1 and 3. Guests arriving and disembarking to/from Terminal 4 can transfer for free to or from Heathrow Central by Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect train services.
- Taxis: Iconic London black taxis stop at the taxi ranks outside all Heathrow terminals and can also be booked in advance for a fixed price either online or at the taxi information desks in the arrivals halls of each terminal. Private hire minicabs called Greentomatocars offer a fixed-price minicab service to and from any destination. Minicabs need to be pre-booked online or by telephone, and the drivers meet flights in the arrivals area.
Heathrow operates four terminals. Guests can move between terminals fast and conveniently by transferring on free trains and buses services. Terminals 1 and 3 are a short walk from each other.
Things to do in London
London is one of the most exciting and happening cities in the world. A leading global centre at the forefront of arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, media and tourism, the millenniums-old metropolis is celebrated as the world’s cultural capital. From the Thames to Tottenham, Buckingham Palace to Brick Lane, and Chelsea to Camden Square, London is jam-packed with things to do and see, home to sites like The Tower of London, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Greenwich Maritime, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Downing Street and much more.
There’s no better destination of earth to play tourist in than London. Tour the city from aboard a famous big red double decker buses. Take in the view from high above the River Thames, on the London Eye. Uncover the city’s long and prominent history at the world-famous The British Museum. Witness the centuries-old tradition of the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Marvel at the impressive medieval fortress that is The Tower of London. Catch a critically-acclaimed theatre show in the legendary West End. Take in a play by the Bard in the authentic surrounds of Shakespeare’s Globe. Or revel at a gig at illustrious venues like O2 Academy Brixton, Wembley Arena or Royal Albert Hall – London is feted to have the world’s best music scene.
London is a retail Mecca. Spanning one-and-a-half miles long, Oxford Street is reputedly the busiest shopping strip in the world, home to department stores like Marks & Spencer, Debehams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, and high street favourites H & M, Zara and Topshop. London’s quintessential shopping experience resides on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, in the form of the affluent and illustrious Harrods. Notting Hills’ Portobello Road Market is one of the most famous street markets in the world, attracting thousands of visitors with antique, bric-a-brac, fresh food and retro fashion stalls. While London’s centre of alternative culture, Camden Town features six famous open-air markets, which hawk everything from vintage to futuristic fashion and quirky antiques.
Boasting a population of over eight million people, made up of hundreds of ethnicities, London enjoys an inspired food culture. Walk the East End’s Brick Lane for an authentic Indian or Bangladeshi curry. Visit Golborne Road in Notting Hill for Moroccan and Portuguese speciality dishes. Join the crowds along Portobello Road for a world-famous Hummingbird cupcake. Sample the country’s best organic produce and homemade fare at Southwark’s Borough Markets. Experience one of Richard Branson’s favourite lunch settings, with a meal at Kensington Roof Gardens. Or visit the restaurants of celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver – both have eateries in suburbs all through the city.
The Brits love a tipple, and with gastro-pubs, wine bars, nightclubs, and cocktail lounges galore, visitors soon grow accustom to the UK custom. Relax with a very English Pimms on a rooftop bar, overlooking the very English River Thames. Paint the town red in Soho – London’s most frequented and fashionable drinking hub, home to hip cellar bars, age-old London institutions and glitzy gay nightclubs. Enjoy a drink and a live gig in London’s counter-culture hive, Camden. Head east to East London – in particular neighbourhoods like Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Whitechapel – to hang with hipsters at on-trend lounges, bars and nightclubs. For a total dissimilar experience, the other side of town West London beckons; speckled with archetypal old London pubs. While a taste of Australia can be enjoyed at Walkabout drinking holes, found all throughout the city, abuzz with expats cheering on live rugby and cricket telecasts.