It was Thanksgiving Eve 2017, and while our friends were out at the bars, we hopped on a flight from CVG to Paris and onward to London. We flew home that Monday and can honestly say we packed so much into that trip!
But fast forward five years, and the four days we spent exploring… can now easily turn into five!
That’s because starting June 5, 2023, British Airways is offering non-stop flights to London from CVG. So that extra time waiting in terminals for connections can now be spent enjoying the food, culture, and sights of England.
This new service is the only direct flight to the UK in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana!
How cool is that?
So, get ready to add another stamp to your passport! (And if you need to get or renew yours, here’s the link with all the details.) Here’s why you should start planning that trip right now:
It’s really not that far
I really like the departure time for the flight home as well. No early wakeup calls for a 6 am departure. Enjoy a full English breakfast, take a late morning stroll, and then make your way to the airport for a 4:05 pm departure. With the time change, you’ll arrive back at 7:45 pm Cincinnati time.
2. There’s way more than just fancy tea and cakes
Yes, you should, at least once in your life, do the fancy tea thing at a spot like Harrods Tea Rooms. Or, if you’re a fan of Bridgerton, check out afternoon tea at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
There are so many attractions in London alone. A few of my faves:
The Tower of London
The architecture is incredible and the history amazing (some of it almost unbelievable!) Take a tour with one of the world-famous Beefeaters and visit the remarkable Crown Jewels along the way. You’ll also enjoy a beautiful view of the River Thames.
The British Museum
There are so many outstanding pieces to see in this museum. Some people will tell you to allow two or more days to truly see everything. The best part? It’s entirely free. Book a reserved spot ahead of time though, especially during busy seasons.
So many historic things have happened in this building, and we found the guided tour a great way to learn a lot in just a short period of time. Be prepared to be amazed!
The Houses of Parliament
You’ve probably seen news clips of a lot of people crammed into a small room, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, engaged in a fiery debate. You can actually visit that room and a bunch of other really interesting spots, including Westminster Hall, which is nearly 950 years old.
The London Eye
Who doesn’t love a Ferris wheel? Especially when it’s the world’s tallest cantilevered Ferris wheel that provides one of the most spectacular views of London and the surrounding areas! Book early to reserve your preferred day and time.
If shopping’s your thing, this is the spot! Plus, there are awesome pubs and restaurants. We really enjoyed the talented street performers. If you’re visiting around Christmas, be sure to make this a stop, as the whole area is decorated beautifully.
3. There are accommodations for every taste and budget
London is a major city, and like most major cities… it can be a little pricey at times. However, there are ways to save on your hotel.
Consider visiting during off-peak times – generally September through November and January through March. There are fewer people, hotels are cheaper, and it’s easier to get a table at a restaurant without a wait.
For example: the four-star hotel we stayed at can cost as much as $495 per night during the peak June 2023 travel season. (I have never, and would never in my life, pay that much for a hotel room!)
However, that exact same room is just $204 per night in February 2023. If you’re looking to save even more, make sure to look for promo codes for sites like Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, Orbitz, etc. Sign up for free accounts with each and log into their apps when you search for hotels. Sometimes the price can be even lower than their website. Plus, sites like Orbitz offer “Orbucks,” which give you a percentage of your booking back to use toward future stays.
Value-priced accommodations are available but often with reduced amenities or are located farther from the city center. For shorter trips, consider staying in a more central location close to the subway.
4. It’s easy to get around
The London Underground system, or Tube, is clean, efficient, and can get you everywhere. We also used it to get from the airport to our hotel with ease!
For many people not used to utilizing mass transit, it can be a bit daunting at first to try to figure out how to get where you need to go and not look too out of place.
Buy a prepaid subway card (OysterCard) when you arrive or opt for the “Visitor” version, which can be ordered and mailed to you prior to your trip. If you’re staying for at least a week or so, consider the seven-day TravelCard.
Use Google Maps and click on the train icon. We found it very useful to help walk us to the correct train station, get on the right train, and know exactly where to get off at. You’ll also find Google Maps very helpful as you’re walking around the city. To save on cellular data, you can highlight a box around the city and select “download maps” while you’re on Wi-Fi.
And if you really get lost, just ask someone! My cell phone ran out of battery while we were in an unfamiliar part of the city, and we had no idea how to get to the correct train station. So, we just politely stopped a group of folks who not only pointed us to where we needed to go but walked with us to the station. We had a wonderful chat along the way!
You can also use cabs and services like Uber as well, but they’ll likely cost you more.
So go on! Book that trip and visit one of the most historic and vibrant cities in the world!
Want to save time AND money on your next adventure? Visit the Jay’s Deals page for the latest flight deals from CVG!
I’ll see you on an afternoon stroll through Hyde Park (the other one).