Iconic landmarks, thrilling theatre, rooftop bars, live music, world-class dining; it's really no wonder as to why New York holidays are so popular year after year.
The Big Apple is of course familiar to us all through our television and cinema screens, from its iconic skyline to its ubiquitous yellow taxis. However, nothing can truly prepare you for the assault on the senses and the excitement that New York offers to first time visitors. A thriving city of commerce, culture and creativity, this bustling metropolis is simply a must-visit destination for anyone looking to book a 5-star holiday. With world class shopping, entertainment, museums and sights, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. New York’s ethnically diverse communities help to make things interesting, with new shopping, food and cultural events popping up all the time and contributing to the thriving melting pot that is New York City.
New York City is the ultimate place to shop ‘till you drop; from the massive retail stores of midtown’s shopping districts and the edgy boutiques of Soho and Greenwich Village, to Harlem’s colourful ethnic markets. Head to iconic Bloomingdales, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue for bargains on designer goods, or wander along Madison Avenue for a slice of luxury and glamour. Lovers of vintage style should pay a visit to Brooklyn’s flea markets for great one-off clothing, accessories and quirky jewellery pieces. You’ll also find fabulous antiques, homewares and art at the excellent Manhattan Art and Antique Center, a huge collection of over a hundred galleries offering the finest jewellery, ceramics, books and fine art from all over the world.
New York is a culinary paradise where every possible eating experience is available to sample. Despite being home to some of the world’s most famous eateries, New York City’s food scene is more than just fine dining. Head to Chinatown, Little Italy, and Spanish Harlem for authentic cuisine served up by New York’s diverse and thriving immigrant populations. And as well as the city’s abundance of hot dog and pretzel stands, you’ll find a fabulous street food scene including organic food markets and artisan producers selling a fabulous array of produce. Don’t miss Astoria’s Gyros joints and Brooklyn’s authentic pizzerias during your trip.
No holiday to New York City would be complete without catching a Broadway show, so head to the bright lights for an evening of entertainment like no other. Either book your tickets online before your trip, or speak to us and we’ll take care of it all in advance so you don’t have to. As well as impressively staged high-budget musicals, you might also get the chance to see an A-List star or two performing in one of Broadway’s acclaimed theatrical productions. Recently, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes and Jude Law have all won coveted Tony awards for plays they’ve starred in on Broadway. Culture vultures might also like to explore the various off-Broadway theatres and performance venues, where you’ll find lower-key but equally impressive performances.
Choose Midtown if you want to base yourself within walking distance to all New York’s main attractions, sights and landmarks, from iconic Times Square and the Rockefeller Center to the Empire State Building. Lower Manhattan is home to the city’s financial district, with its slightly quieter vibe, particularly at the weekends, when it’s great for wandering around with a camera. This area is also within reach of New York’s atmospheric and characterful ethnic districts of Chinatown and Little Italy, as well as the notoriously cool meatpacking district, with its trendy cafés, cobbled streets and industrial buildings repurposed as luxury apartments. Luxury holiday-seekers should opt for fashionable and upmarket Soho or Tribeca, with their trendy apartments and cool restaurants; both these areas are home to many celebrity New Yorkers and sport some of the city’s most expensive real estate. Either side of Central Park you’ll find the Upper East and West sides, boasting great shopping, luxury boutiques and excellent museums.
The city that never sleeps is a destination worth visiting at any time of year, with plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions to keep all visitors occupied. NYC winters can be notoriously brutal, with snow showers and icy winds, but it’s also a time when the city is at its most picturesque and Christmassy. New Yorkers are also a resilient lot, and the city is very well-equipped to manage harsh weather. Spring and autumn bring milder temperatures, which mean you can make the most of the city’s open spaces. Whilst summer in New York City can be stiflingly hot, it’s also a time when the city comes alive with outdoor festivals, shows and theatrical performances. It’s also less crowded, particularly at the weekends, when many New Yorkers escape to the beach or on their summer holidays.
Time difference: 5 hours behind GMT.
Currency: American Dollar.
Flight time from London: Approximately 7h 30mins.
Arrival Airport: John F. Kennedy, Newark International, La Guardia.
Entry details for British passport holders: The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows visits to the US for up to 90 days. All travellers must provide details online at least 72 hours prior to travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), and is mandatory to be able to enter the U.S. Charges will apply. While under the VWP, you may visit Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and reenter the U.S. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
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