Average flight time from London to Las Vegas: 10h 40min
Airlines flying direct from London to Las Vegas: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian
Airports in Las Vegas: Las Vegas McCarran
Distance from London to Las Vegas: 5,231 miles
Business Class flights to Las Vegas
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic currently fly to Las Vegas using Boeing 747s with Business Class cabins. Budget airline Norwegian flies direct from London Gatwick but with no business class option.
When flying business class with British Airways you have the choice of regular flights from London Heathrow or London Gatwick. If you’re flying from Heathrow you’ll receive a complimentary treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa as well as access to the Galleries Lounge; at Gatwick you’ll have access to the Club Lounge at South Terminal Terminal but there isn’t an Elemis Travel Spa. Club World features lie-flat seats with 10.4″ entertainment screens and luxury bedding from The White Company, including large pillows and a fluffy duvet.
Alternatively if you choose to fly Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick you’ll depart from Gatwick North Terminal, where you’ll be able to access the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. This business class lounge has floor-to-ceiling views of the runway, a relaxing spa, and a woodland themed play area for youngsters. Take a seat at the marble bar and you’ll be able to order complimentary cocktails from East London cocktail bar White Lyan to get you in the holiday spirit. Onboard the aircraft your Upper Class suite turns into a fully flat bed and is equipped with a roomy table, an in seat power socket and 10.4″ entertainment screen. Every seat has direct aisle access so you don’t have to disturb the passenger next to you and there’s even an ottoman seat so you can chat with a travel companion or business colleague.
Getting to and from the airport
British Airways allows you to book private door-to-door service but this isn’t included in your Club World ticket. Virgin Atlantic on the other hand offers a complimentary chauffeur drive service to your hotel in Las Vegas, which just needs to be organised before your trip.
With The Strip being located so close to the airport, it takes just 10-15 minutes to get to your hotel in a taxi and you can hail one from right outside baggage claim. Rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft are a fraction cheaper and there’s no need to pay in cash or leave a tip. Pick-up points are located in the parking garages at Terminal 1 and 3 – just follow the instructions on your phone when you order. There are also shared shuttle services that charge from around $9 per person one way or $15 return trip, but be aware that you’ll drop other passengers off at various hotels along the way.
If you want to kick-off your Vegas holiday in style then Las Vegas McCarran also has a walk-up limousine service so you can quickly order a stretch limo to take you to your hotel.
Where to stay in Las Vegas
With so many hotels to choose from it can be difficult to know which hotel to pick. They’re all fabulous – boasting casinos, restaurants, shopping malls, theatres, nightclubs and even theme park rides. Just walking from one hotel to another is a workout since each hotel is so enormous.
For the ultimate luxury getaway we’d recommend staying at The Wynn, which is located at the north end of The Strip. Rooms offer unparalleled luxury and the hotel’s opulent lobby is definitely worthy of an Instagram photo or two. If you’re looking for the hottest clubs then you’ve come to the right place – XS, Surrender and Encore Beach Club are all located within the hotel and are very popular with celebrities and partygoers.
Or, if you’d prefer to be located slap bang in the centre of The Strip we’d advise you book The Cosmopolitan, which has a ritzy and glitzy vibe, with chandeliers in the lobby and rooms offering fountain views. The hotel has some fantastic restaurants and the Wicked Spoon buffet is often listed as one of the best in Las Vegas.
Travelling with kids? Families tend to prefer staying at some of the themed hotels, such as The Venetian, Paris, Treasure Island or New York, New York. There’s certainly something for everyone in Las Vegas, no matter what your budget or tastes are.
Things to do in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip is an adult’s Disneyland and you don’t have to be a gambler to enjoy Las Vegas. There are so many things to experience, from high-end restaurants and dazzling shows to pool parties and pulsing nightclubs. But remember, there’s also so much more to see and do away from The Strip, so if you can prize yourself away for the day, definitely plan a day trip to explore the Nevada desert scenery too. Here are some of the must-dos on your visit to Las Vegas:
Hit up a pool party – During the summer months there are tons of pool parties in Las Vegas that attract the world’s hottest DJs. With artists like Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii headlining, you can be sure the atmosphere will be electric. Some of the most popular pool parties include Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore.
Fountains of Bellagio – The most well-known attraction in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Fountain is a light and water show that has been choreographed to music and is completely free for any visitor to enjoy. Each performance is a little different and is set to a different tune, with performances running every half hour between 3pm and 8pm, then every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. Weekends and bank holidays the show starts earlier at midday.
Red Rock Canyon – Sometimes you just need to escape the bright lights of Las Vegas and re-center yourself, so Red Rock Canyon makes for a perfect day trip. This National Conservation area is located just 15 miles west of Las Vegas and is a great place for hiking, with those stunning red rocks providing brilliant photo opportunities.
Las Vegas enjoys a dessert climate, so it can get extremely hot in the summer months from June to August/September. Remember to pack your sunscreen and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Walking along the strip can be quite exhausting in the oppressive heat and distances can be further the they seem, so it’s often worth hailing a taxi or taking the Las Vegas monorail to get from A to B.
If you find yourself struggling with a hangover, which is often the case in Las Vegas, you’ll find pharmacy stores such as Wallgreens or CVS Pharmacy dotted along the strip.