The London 2012 Olympics may be over, but the buzz in the city certainly isn’t. A group of UAE agents flew to London in September on a four-day fam trip hosted by British Airways and Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels to soak up some of that post-Olympics excitement and discover what the city has to offer once all the cameras have packed up and gone home.
The group flew out first thing on Thursday morning from Abu Dhabi; arriving in London at the early hour of 6.45am with the whole day ahead of them.
Day one in London involved a hotel visit and lunch at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, located on the bustling Tottenham Court Road, where they would be staying for the next few nights.
The afternoon involved a trip to one of London’s top tourists attractions — the Tower of London.
The following day was packed with sightseeing, beginning with a trip around the famous London Eye. The group then took a Duck Tour round London — this novel road and river adventure tour means you can see the sights from both dry land and water.
The ‘ducks’ drive past all the famous sights, including Big Bed, Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, before dramatically launching into the Thames for a cruise down the river.
The day even allowed time to squeeze in some hotel visits to Bloomsbury Street and Kenilworth as well as May Fair and Mercer Street where the group enjoyed dinner.
Saturday — and the start of the weekend in London — saw the agents head off to another of the city’s most famous tourism attractions, Madame Tussauds, which many in the group said was a highlight of the trip.
Lunch followed at the Radisson Blu Berkshire Hotel on Oxford Street, a refuge for shoppers. The evening was spent at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, an imposing Georgian mansion in South Kensington.
After an early breakfast the next morning it was time to head to Heathrow for a 9.30am flight to Abu Dhabi. So did London live up to expectations?
Tonio Abraham, Supervisor – Corporate Sales Group, Omeir Travel rated it “one of the most exciting, vibrant, happening cities,” and the “capital of Europe”. It certainly looks like it did.
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