APPROX FLIGHT TIME & COST: 8 hours, from Dhs 4,445
WHY? Culture in London is defined during the summer season, when sports and party lovers come put to play. Catch the 2014 Wimbledon Championships (23 June to 6 July) and watch the likes of Andrew Murray and Roger Federer in the world’s most popular tennis tournament, or join 50,000 music lovers at the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park (4 to 6 July) and see live performances from Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Drake. A unique experience is dancing the night away at The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest skyscraper, where the first ever 1000ft-high silent disco takes place. On a budget? The More London Free Festival (9 to 25 July) will be a street party to remember in London’s hippest chill-out zone, Southbank.
GET A ROOM: Entertainer London 2014 is offering two-for-one room nights at ME London, which was featured on 2013’s Conde Nast Traveller hotlist, probably because three must-visit destinations are all ensconsed under its roof.Hit the Radio Rooftop Bar for spectacular panoramic views of London’s iconic landmarks, while on the food front, the homely cuisine at Cucina Asellina or the gourmet burgers at STK London are hard to beat. Additionally, its location in the capital’s tourist hub, The Strand, allows easy access to all the city’s attractions. The Entertainer is crammed with two-for-one vouchers for many of these, so it’s well worth investing in!
INFO: Standard rate from £335 (Dhs2,064) per night, 565 Fulham Rd, London, SW6 9ES, 0808 234 1953, www.melia.com; premium Australian airline Qantas flies A380’s twice daily from Dubai to London Heathrow, www.qantas.com