Flight Review: Ryanair from London Stansted to Bremen, Germany

August 16, 2022

Once you’ve done the long-haul journey from Australia to Europe – where no one enjoys compromising on comfort or food quality – there’s often only one airline that is available for short, very affordable hops around the continent: Ryanair. I was travelling from London to Bremen, Germany, and there were no direct flights from London […]

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Recipe: Classic Margarita from Ella Canta in InterContinental London Park Lane

May 20, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Ed Wells at Home: A few of my favourite things (About London)

February 7, 2020

London based, Sydney raised singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ed Wells has long been a friend of the AU, and today Ed is releasing his debut EP, Home, produced by Luke Gerber. Musically, the EP is a vibrant mix of modern soul and R&B, a collection of songs of which Ed has reflected on different aspects of modern life. […]

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WestJet are finally offering complimentary meals on flights from Toronto, Canada to London, UK

December 30, 2019

You don’t think of Trans-Atlantic airlines as being ones where you don’t get a complimentary meal on board. But sure enough, there are plenty that don’t offer the service. Most of them are branded as “Budget Carriers”, however, like Norwegian Air, who fly out of the U.S. East Coast to the UK and Europe. Others, […]

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Food Tours: Five places to eat and drink in London’s Soho & Chinatown

October 15, 2019

There are few better ways to get to know a city than by eating your way through it. Even if you live in that city, sometimes it takes being “in the know” to uncover the best spots. Thankfully, almost every major city in the world has a number of food tours which operate to serve […]

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From The Clubhouse to The Revivals Lounge: Experiencing Virgin Atlantic’s Frequent Flyer offering from New York to London (VS10)

June 12, 2019

Last month, I jumped on board Virgin Atlantic’s red eye service from New York’s JFK Airport through to London’s Heathrow. As a Platinum member of Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer program, this gave me access to one of the best features of the Virgin Atlantic network – the “Revivals Lounge” at Heathrow. Given the airline’s […]

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Hotel Review: St Martin’s Lane is playful luxury in the heart of London’s West End

May 27, 2019

In Covent Garden, just on the outskirts of the heart of theatre district (London’s West End), is one of the area’s finest hotels, St Martins Lane London. But this is luxury with a twist – with a green revolving door at the entry, and an eccentric design collection that await you in the hotel’s spacious lobby. […]

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Flying Virgin Atlantic’s flagship route from Heathrow to JFK: Economy on the 787 Dreamliner

May 24, 2019

Last week, I jumped on board Virgin Atlantic‘s flagship route from Heathrow to JFK on board the new Dreamliner 787. How does the service stack up? Here’s today’s flight review… Airline: Virgin Atlantic Route: LHR – JFK (VS137) Aircraft: Boeing 787-900 Seat: 59G centre aisle 3-3-3 Flight Time: 6 Hours 45 Minutes (Scheduled at closer […]

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London now has luxury steam train services to Surrey Hills and Windsor

April 29, 2019

For the first time in 50 years, two regular steam train services will introduced at London Waterloo, giving locals and visitors the chance to navigate the famed English countryside in true vintage luxury. The Steam Dreams Rail Co. will launch two services later this year, revealing elegant 1950’s Pullman Style Dining carriages which guests will […]

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Flight Review: Flying from Kuala Lumpur to London with Malaysia Airlines and the new(ish) Airbus A350 (MH2)

March 20, 2019

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) hasn’t had the best of reputations in recent years, but as Malaysia’s flagship full-fledged carrier: the show must go on. Over the years though, MAS has had to stop serving a lot of their European routes, however their London route still remains and is (and has always been) their most popular. But […]

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Review: Hotel Indigo’s brand new 1 Leicester Square location brings the West End to life (London)

September 21, 2018

Having an address as iconic as 1 Leicester Square might lead one to expect to find another overpriced London Hotel, resting on the laurels of its location rather than on the experience it could provide its guests. Rest assured, Hotel Indigo‘s newest residence, which opened earlier this year, goes above and beyond to present one […]

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Why flying out of London’s furthest airport Southend might actually save you time

July 29, 2018

Last month, I hopped on flight BE6032 with Flybe, operated by Stobart Air, travelling from London’s Southend Airport – which at 64km distance is furthest of London’s six airport from the centre of the city (though at 63km distance, Stansted isn’t far removed) – to Groningen in the Netherlands. The airport is so far from […]

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Flight Review: TAP Air Portugal may be one of Europe’s best kept secrets (Flying Barcelona to London via Porto)

June 25, 2018

After arriving in Barcelona without a suitcase, hours of flight delays and not even a glass of water thanks to British Airways, I was starting to think that non-budget airlines were non-existent in Europe. With the likes of Ryanair and EasyJet defining the budget carrier model for the region, other, once full-service airlines have followed […]

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London Bridge’s high-end The Shard unveils Bar 31

June 3, 2018

The “created by locals, for locals” Bar 31 has been revealed as the newest edition to the immensely luxurious and eye-catching Shangri-La At The Shard in London. Intentionally located at the base of the towering high-end hotel, the bar is now the closest drinking spot to London Bridge Station and will waste no time in […]

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Two other Australian airports that could service non-stop flights to London

December 13, 2016

It was confirmed earlier this week that Qantas would be launching the first ever direct service between Australia and London in March 2018, disembarking from an upgraded Perth Airport. This serves as great news for Australian travellers, who – even if they have to transit through Perth – could save hours on their travel to […]

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Direct flights between Australia and London to arrive in 2018

December 11, 2016

In what is game changing news for the Australian travel industry, Qantas has revealed its plans to provide Australian passengers with the first ever direct service to the United Kingdom. The non-stop service will take place exclusively on Qantas’ 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which will travel 14,498 kilometres from Perth on the West Coast of Australia, […]

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How to eat, sleep and get around the UK on the cheap

August 15, 2016

Recently, I’ve embarked on a grand tour of the UK to make up for the gap year I never took after High School. Great Britain has lots of culture and history to offer, but one thing it is not known for is being a budget location. In a country where even going to a public […]

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Theatre Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Palace Theatre, London (In Performances Now)

August 1, 2016

Well. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not going to be the easiest thing to review. Not only was the play itself a complete sensory overload, its plot was so intricate that I almost feel like I can’t reveal anything without giving the die hard fans a clue as to what happens. Suffice to […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg Three – Los Angeles to London (NZ2)

July 7, 2016

Over the last week, we’ve taken you on board Jennifer Quinlin’s journey from Melbourne to London with Air New Zealand atypical route for Australian travellers, via Auckland and Los Angeles. So far she’s taken us through legs one and two of the journey, as well as her experience in transit in Los Angeles. Now today […]

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The lineup for the biggest showcase of Australian music in the UK has been announced

May 16, 2016

Next Sunday the 22nd at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen from midday, Sounds Australia’s Aussie BBQ will return to London for its annual post-Great Escape mini-festival. The day will feature 12 eclectic artists over 10 hours, representing some of the finest talent from around Australia. Things will kick off with Melbourne duo Oh Pep!, who recently […]

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Hotel Review: Double Room at Tune Hotels – Kings Cross (London, UK)

May 15, 2016

For a travelling Australian, passing through London can be an expensive endeavour. Take one part “poor Aussie dollar” and throw in another part “general expensive nature of one of the world’s greatest cities” and you have a recipe for an expensive holiday. Last year, I made tracks through the city as I headed back towards […]

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Royal Brunei Airlines offering return flights from Australia to London from under $900

May 12, 2016

They may not be an airline you hear too much about, but Royal Brunei Airlines are offering some of the cheapest fares from Australia to London you’ll find anywhere right now – starting from under $1000 as part of a sale running for the next 11 days. And though the airline company, based out of Brunei (which can […]

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Flight Review: Norwegian Airlines (New York JFK to London Gatwick) DY7016 – Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner

May 4, 2016

Last Year, as we flew from New York City’s JFK to London’s Gatwick to make it to The Great Escape, AU Abroad’s Larry Heath tried out the service of Norwegian Airlines for the first time. It also marked his first flight on the new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. A budget airline along the lines of Jetstar, […]

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Robert Sheehan talks about playing Richard III in The Wars Of The Roses and ideal Game of Thrones deaths

October 17, 2015

Irish actor Robert Sheehan (pictured in the middle above) – best known for his work in the first two seasons of the series Misfits is currently appearing on stage is London as Richard III in Shakespeare’s The Wars of the Roses trilogy. While they were still in dress rehearsals, I caught up with the talented […]

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Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ ft. Safia + Saskwatch + Remi + Hein Cooper and more – Hoxton Square, London (17.05.15)

May 19, 2015

An eclectic mix of over 20 artists from around Australia came together on Sunday in London for a massive day of live music – showcasing the finest in new, emerging and established artists from our region, many of whom were making their London debut at the annual Aussie BBQ event, held at the Hoxton Square […]

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Live Review: Muse – The O2 Arena London (27.10.12)

November 1, 2012

If there’s one word that does not fall into the vocabulary for the band Muse, it would be ‘subtle’. This band was always destined for enormous stadium extravaganzas and now “The 2nd Law” tour has exploded onto stages to prove that this trio from Teignmouth are ready to take on the mantle of ‘bigger and […]

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Photo Gallery and Review: The Aussie BBQ ft. Jinja Safari + Sietta + Husky + More – Cargo, London (13.05.12)

May 21, 2012

We arrived at London’s Cargo Bar just in time to catch Brisbane’s Inland Sea, who were playing today as a nine piece, opening with a beautiful a cappella number. I still don’t know how they all got over here, but good on ’em for doing it. They’ve been sounding fantastic at every show. Screamfeeder’s bassist […]

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