Britain Abuzz This Autumn

Published October 21st, 2009 - 10:04 GMT

Middle East travellers booking flights to Britain Ahead of Eid Al Adha in November can celebrate the fall season with a number of exciting events and activities in cities popular among Arab guests including London, Manchester and Leeds.

Dining hotspots, not-to-be-missed art exhibitions, and celebrity spotting are among the many activities regional travellers can experience.

“Autumn is a great time to visit Britain, with many summer attractions still running, and Christmas events starting up. Middle East visitors visiting are sure to have a memorable experience,” said VisitBritain’s Middle East Marketing Manager, Carol Maddison. 

Shopaholics can get their fix at the Regent Street Festival on again this year in celebration of 180 years of shopping history, with London shopping landmarks like Jaegaer, Gap, Ted Baker, Desiqual and UNIQLO celebrating long term time in the street.

For art lovers, the Tate Modern has ‘Sold Out’ – exploring the ways in which pop artists like Andy Warhol created their own brands and became self-promoters, Sold Out is on until 17 January 2010. Alternatively, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester is marking the 20th anniversary of opening of the East – West Border in Berlin with an it’s exhibit Living with the Wall: Berlin 1961-1989. The exhibition runs through 21 March 2010.

As a holiday is never complete without a gastronomic experience, London’s, Momo’s has a funky Moroccan cuisine with a new lighter menu, and Mo Cafe now has a 24-hour kitchen with gorgeous home-baked treats in Heddon Street.  L'Etranger, fine French/Japanese cuisine, was recently chosen by the Good Food Guide as Restaurant Of The Year and has just launched an online wine store and wine consultancy service. 

Additionally, guests can experience the recent of opening of Apsleys – A Heinz Beck Restaurant at the Lanesborough, the first restaurant outside of Italy created by Heinz Beck, holder of 3 Michelin stars at La Pergola in Rome. The menu will be ‘light Mediterranean’ with a ‘Menu del Giorno’ for £26 and a 7 course Menu Degustazione (tasting menu) for £75.

Finally in London, Sketch restaurant in East London has had some top celebrities visiting in the last month, including Kate Moss and Beth Ditto who together held a party there, as well as Grace Jones, Lady Gaga and  Jay Z all being spotted. 

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