London

Would I rate BA Business? Probably not. The crew were nice enough, but the food was average, especially when compared to Finnair just a few days before on a similar length flight. I did get my logbook signed, and a sticker!

Gatwick was a new experience for me, having always flown into Heathrow (and once into London City without our luggage). Ultimately, it felt very much the same as Heathrow, including the long lines at immigration. We caught the Gatwick Express to London Bridge station, before switching to the Jubilee Line to Canning Town and finally the DLR to Royal Victoria. What seemed like it would be a pain when researching actually turned out to be fairly easy.

The Crowne Plaza at Docklands had us for two nights, before we moved to the Intercontinental at The O2, just across the water. We both thought it was a nice hotel, but the glazing could have been just a little better considering the proximity to London City airport.

Every day we were in London we tried to see The Book of Mormon, through a 21-ticket lottery held 2 hours before the show. Unfortunately, this proved fruitless, but centred us firmly in the Soho area for most of the trip, leaving plenty more to explore next time. We did manage to catch one show, seeing The Phantom of The Opera, a favourite of mine.

Our first day actually ended up giving us the biggest walk around sights, with a trip to Trafalgar Square and the Indian Club for an authentic curry. That evening we walked (the wrong way) down Parliament St, ending up outside Downing Street and not much later Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower. It was nice to see it at night.

The following day we explored Buckingham Palace, well, from the outside at least. Dee-Anne got to experience the daily spectacle of Changing The Queen’s Life Guard too, but my photos weren’t very good considering the number of tourists there as well. She enjoyed Hamleys, and meeting the Queen (of Lego).

We love poké, as you might know, and discovered a great little restaurant that we wished we had in Australia.

I remember visiting the Cutty Sark when I was a child, and never realised it had such a big connection to Australia.

On Sunday we had lunch at Galvin – La Chapelle. The food was lovely and if I had been sticking around London a bit longer I would have loved to try the 5-course menu they were going to offer for the same price later in July.

Our last night was spent at an airport hotel, and quite by chance we chose to get off the tube at the second last stop and take a public bus instead of a shuttle bus from the airport itself. As we walked out the doors we discovered we were at the edge of the runway, and a steady stream of planes were landing.

Author: Sam Heathfield

I'm 29, live on the Gold Coast and have a passion for aviation and Qantas. Currently studying.