London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Total immersion in the British capital
As the capital of England, London is definitely one of the top destinations to visit at least once in your life, with its beautiful and sophisticated architecture; its vast green spaces; its rich, flamboyant, and diverse culture; not to mention its renowned fish & chips!
Home of royalty as we know it today, London is full of grand and impressive historical monuments, spectacular bridges, and exciting activities and festivals, in addition to being a global hub for business, fashion, and the arts and entertainment industry.
This major city in the United Kingdom is now serviced by the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) through a direct flight offered by Air Transat. Every Saturday during the summer, you can catch a flight to this wonderful part of Europe. While London is known for its cloudy, rainy weather, summer is fortunately a great time of year to visit and enjoy the warm sunshine. Don’t wait any longer. Book now!
You haven’t really visited London until you’ve been to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Royal Family. When there are no official events happening, 19 ceremonial rooms are open to the public so you can admire a large number of treasures from the royal collection. Stop by the Garden Café for tea after the tour, while the impressive Changing the Guard ceremony takes place outside the palace as one detachment of troops takes over from another.
Palace of Westminster and Big Ben
The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is where the UK House of Commons is headquartered. It’s the heart of British political life! Located on the north bank of London’s famous River Thames, the Palace’s cachet is as rich as its history. You’ll learn a wealth of information about the kings, queens, and ministers who have set foot there over the years. Its
Elizabeth Tower houses the enormous 13-ton bell nicknamed “Big Ben,” which has been an iconic symbol of London for many years. Measuring 96 metres high, this tower was built in the 19th century and has undergone several restorations since. You can admire the Elizabeth Tower from the outside only, as it is not open to the public. Its four sides light up at night, presenting a stunning sight.
Tower Bridge and Tower of London
The famous Tower Bridge offers a fascinating historical exhibition within its walls, while giving you a unique viewpoint of the River Thames.
Near the bridge is the Tower of London, an imposing fortress which houses the Crown Jewels. Make sure you take time to admire them and create memorable mental images, because photos aren’t allowed!
Considered one of the greenest cities in the world, London has countless green spaces, each more sublime than the last. Hyde Park is the biggest, with a surface area of 140 hectares, abundant greenery, and an artificial lake—the Serpentine. Looking for something exotic? The Kyoto Garden, in the heart of Holland Park, will transport you with its water features and cherry blossoms. There’s no shortage of outdoor spaces to enjoy in London: the city boasts over 3,000 squares, gardens, and other parks!
London is exceptionally diverse on the cultural scene. Here, art, history, science, and culture intermingle and evolve. While the British Museum contains a collection of artifacts from around the world, the Tate Modern houses spectacular collections of modern and contemporary art. Several other galleries can also be explored, and admission is free for most of them.
Tasty fish & chips
This famous traditional English meal is a must during your stay in London. Stop by Poppies or The Golden Hind for a scrumptious battered fish fillet with a side of fried potatoes—or chips, as the British say. If you’re lucky, your meal might even be served the “old-fashioned way,” wrapped in newspaper!
A top destination for festival enthusiasts
Looking for a unique activity? Why not take in one of London’s many festivals! If you’re a foodie, try the London Restaurant Festival, the London Wine Week, or WingJam, a festival dedicated to chicken wings! If music is more your thing, you’ll have a blast at West End Live, the Lovebox Festival, or the Notting Hill Carnival.
A city that loves sports
London is also great for sports fans, as it hosts a range of professional sporting events. With over 14 professional soccer—or rather football—clubs, there are plenty of opportunities to attend a thrilling match! You can also head to the Royal Ascot Racecourse to see some horse racing—a classic!—or attend Wimbledon, which welcomes the world’s greatest tennis players each year.
Ready to go?
The YQB team recommends booking your flight through a travel agency. Working with a specialized agency will allow you to take advantage of its expertise and connections with airlines. In addition to enjoying competitive rates, you’ll get access to exclusive offers, the V.I.P Lounge by Club Med, parking, and a host of other perks.