LIVELY LONDON

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This year marks 25 years of the Brunei-London route for Royal Brunei Airlines.

Words EMMA RAMSAY

 

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Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Indeed, there is no city in the world quite like London. It may be a 2,000-year-old settlement, yet to this day, London has managed to have the past fit with its present in such a smooth and suave way that all other cities can only look covetously.

This isn’t just another capital city; it’s a thriving metropolis with a unique personality. Visitors throng to its iconic landmarks, centuries of history, world-class shopping and achingly cool fashion, arts and food scenes.

As Royal Brunei Airlines celebrates its Silver Anniversary of the Brunei-London service, here’s what you can look forward to in London within the next coming months.

 

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WINTER IN LONDON

Spectacular illuminations, tasty treats and a winter wonderland await you now till the end of the year. Relive the magic of Harry Potter with Hogwarts in the Snow at the Warner Bros Studio (14 November – 31 January 2016). Walk though the snow-covered studio and see the Great Hall come alive with the original props from the movies. At Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (20 November – 3 January 2016), you can ice skate, go on a giant wheel ride and visit the food market bursting with all kinds of treats and trinkets. And don’t miss out on a unique outdoor theatre at the Berkeley Hotel’s Christmas Cinema (1 – 26 December 2015), where festive classics are screened on the hotel’s rooftop garden. Snuggle up with your loved ones and keep warm with homemade hot chocolate and Moncler blankets.

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Credit: Craig Sugden

 

THRILLING THEATRE IN 2016

The soulful sounds of Motown, the high-heeled clicks of kinky boots and several whodunnit mysteries all take to the stage in Britain in 2016, as British theatre plans another fun-packed stage entertainment. A limited season of Cats shows at the London Palladium (23 October – 2 January 2016). Rehearsal For Murder (12 January – 26 March 2016) is one of stage and screen’s all time classic thrillers and was written by Ricard Levinson and David Link, whose work included the television series Murder, She Wrote. The Mouse Trap (25 January – 13 August 2016) tours Britain, giving audiences living in and visiting across the destination the opportunity to see this world-famous whodunit; a play about murder in which the identity of the murder is not revealed until the end. The Mouse Trap is Agatha Christie’s most famous stage mystery. Motown, The Musical (2 March – 22 October 2016) retells the story of how with just US$800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson
and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more.

 

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EXCITING FOOD

London’s food scene has given British food a new reputation. Gone is the stereotype of stodgy, overcooked food, and in its place are award-winning chefs serving fresh British produce that draw in food lovers from all over the world. The city is home to 60 Michelin-starred restaurants including some new listing for 2016 – Japanese restaurants, Araki and Umu, both located in Mayfair, Lyle’s in Shoreditch, Bonhams in Mayfair, Portland in Marylebone and the Dining Room at the Goring in Victoria.

The city also has fantastic street food and short-term pop-up restaurants springing up all over the city. Apart from the Michelin-starred establishments, there are 25 new Bib Gourmands to look forward to in 2016, awarded to restaurants that offer good food at affordable prices while reflecting the continuing trend in Britain for competitively priced, less structured and more flexible dining. They are: the charcuterie and tapas bar Dehesa in Soho, L’Amorosa in Hammersmith, Shikumen in Shepherd’s Bush, and Blixen and Taberna do Mercado, both in Spitalfields.

 

 

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HIDDEN GEMS

Don’t just stick to the traditional tourist areas. Explore London’s residential ‘villages’, where you can experience the city as locals know it. Hampstead, Greenwich, Barnes, Highgate, Wimbledon and Richmond are packed full of beautiful houses, boutiques and restaurants. Don’t miss the edgier areas like Brixton and Dalston too, which are home to dynamic culture and arts.

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily via Dubai.

 

 

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25 YEARS OF BRUNEI-LONDON SERVICE

It was 25 years ago today on 21 November, 1990 upon taking delivery of the Boeing 767-200ER aircraft that Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) commenced their first scheduled passenger service connecting Bandar Seri Begawan and London-Gatwick. The service to London was via Singapore and Dubai, and was offered twice weekly. Even in the first week, bookings exceeded the expected level and by May 1991, RB announced that the twice-weekly flight to London had been granted landing rights in Heathrow.

The service developed further in 2010 when RB used its newly-leased Boeing 777-200ER to London Heathrow via Dubai. In the intervening period RB’s London service grew, offering value and convenience through its Betterfly rebranding, that included its first flight on the Dreamliner on 1 December, 2013. As RB, South East Asia’s first boutique-serviced airline, observes the 25th anniversary of its route from Bandar Seri Begawan to London this month, it celebrated the milestone by releasing BND999 seats for travel in December (23 to 29 December, 2015) out of Brunei for a return on 6 January, 2016 with a one-month validity period.

RB will mark the service anniversary in January 2016 by launching the rebranded office in London with a hi-tea event hosting the media, travel agents and the Brunei High Commission staff.

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