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Leap Between New Orleans and London

For two pretty different places, we’re more alike than you might think.

Have you heard the news? You can now fly direct between London and New Orleans. Starting in March 2017, British Airways will offer nonstop flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Heathrow International Airport in London. Purchase your tickets now! Louisianans – ready to pack your bags and head abroad? Londoners – can’t wait to come see what this city is all about? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for why you’ll want to book your tickets ASAP, no matter which side of the pond you’re on.

Big Ben and St. Louis Cathedral.

FOR LOUISIANANS

London’s calling! As a state, Louisiana embraces history and culture, so it’s worth checking out how other countries hold dear those very same values. History and tradition greet you at every corner in London – a modern, cosmopolitan city with a rich history dating all the way back to the Roman Empire. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby, the Globe Theater, the Tate Modern… they all call London home. The United Kingdom is also the gateway to Europe, offering a host of cultural and culinary experiences. Spread your wings and take flight — literally. Don’t worry; you’ll always keep your nest in Louisiana.

FOR LONDONERS

You’ve outdone us in the history department, but by American standards, New Orleans is one of the very oldest spots you can visit in the United States. As we gear up for our tricentennial anniversary in 2018, the city is more vibrant than ever – and every single day is a celebration. Live music on every corner, award-winning restaurants, distinctive architecture, and a dizzying array of festivals and things to do make New Orleans a truly one-of-a-kind destination. (If you visit other American cities while you’re here, you’ll see exactly what we mean.) Our temperate weather also beckons: sunshine and warmth are commonplace, and our year-round temperature averages at about 77 degrees Fahrenheit (about 25 degrees Celsius). Like shopping? Our tax free shopping options and fabulous stores mean you might be heading back with an extra suitcase!

New Orleans VS. LONDON

For two pretty different places, we have a few similarities that may make you feel at home. Just see our handy equivalency chart below!

Fish and chips, left, and a fried shrimp po-boy.

Fish and Chips = Fried Shrimp Po-Boy — Both are deliciously naughty in all the right ways: any-time-of-day foods that rely on seafood and a deep fryer. Yum.

Big Ben = St. Louis Cathedral — These iconic buildings hark back to more or less the same decade: although St. Louis Cathedral predates Big Ben by more than 100 years, it was largely rebuilt in 1850 (Big Ben was completed in 1859). They’re also two must-photograph spots – have your cameras ready!

Tea + Crumpets = Beignets + Café Au Lait — Afternoon hunger pang? Sweet (but not overly sweet) treats and a cup of hot coffee or tea always does the trick.

Revelers take to the streets to enjoy the Rex parade on Mardi Gras day. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Buckingham Palace = Mardi Gras Balls and Parades — London’s got royalty, but we have our own royal family of sort. They parade through the streets and throw spectacular parties at Mardi Gras.

Shoreditch = Frenchmen Street — Nightlife abounds in both cities, as do hip neighborhoods like London’s Shoreditch and the Marigny in New Orleans (home to Frenchmen Street, a popular music destination).

Thames River = Mississippi River These two large waterways are crucial for trade and transport. The Thames is the longest river in England (the second-longest in the United Kingdom), and the Mississippi is the longest river in the United States (and all of North America!).

A streetcar rolls along St. Charles Avenue. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

London Underground = Streetcar — The “Tube” is the world’s first underground railway, and the New Orleans streetcar (in particular the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line) is the world’s oldest continually operating street railway system.

Hyde Park = City Park — Catch a break from urban landscapes at either one of these large parks. London’s Hyde Park covers 350 acres, and New Orleans’ City Park spans 1,300 acres. Get to exploring!

Borough Market = French Market — Hungry? These food-focused markets have you covered. Borough Market is significantly larger and a whole lot older (the market dates back to 1014). But by American standards, the French Market in New Orleans is pretty ancient, too: it first started in 1791.

Remember, as of today, you can book your flight on BA.com. Get planning!

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