Average flight time from London to Washington D.C – 8 hours 45 minutes
Airlines flying direct from London to Washington D.C – British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United
Airports in Washington D.C. – Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Distance from London to Washington D.C – 3674 miles
Business Class flights to Washington D.C
Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and United all offer non-stop flights from Heathrow to Washington Dulles International Airport with Business Class cabins.
British Airways offers daily flights to Washington Dulles with a flight time of just 7 hours 55 minutes utilising a Boeing 787 or 747. As a Club World customer you’ll gain access to the Galleries Lounge at Heathrow and receive a complimentary treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa before your flight. Onboard the aircraft, Business Class seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 10.4 inch entertainment screens, in seat power and luxury bedding by The White Company.
Virgin Atlantic offers a complimentary chauffeur-driven car service to and from the airport at both ends of the journey, taking the stress out of airport travel. Upon arrival at Heathrow you’ll be dropped at the Upper Class Wing, where you can check-in and beat the queues by travelling through the Private Security Channel and heading straight to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. Onboard the aircraft your suite converts into a fully flat bed and features a 10.4 inch entertainment screen with noise cancelling headset. An ottoman seat and table make it possible to be joined by a travel companion for dinner or to discuss business.
United flies to Washington D.C with a variety of different aircraft types including a Boeing 787, 757 and 777. United Polaris Business Class has been completely reimagined, with fully flat beds and expansive storage spaces big enough for laptops and tablets. As part of the service you’ll be provided with complimentary slippers, a cool-gel memory foam pillow and an amenity kit containing products from Cowshed, a premium spa and lifestyle brand. In case you’re a hot or a cold person, United provides a choice of two different blankets from Saks Fifth Avenue – a quilted duvet and a lighter throw blanket – to help you find the perfect amount of warmth.
Getting to and from the airport
If you fly into Washington Dulles International Airport then you’ll find yourself around 26 miles from the centre. You can hail a taxi that will take you directly to your hotel, or just jump on the bus, followed by the Metro.
To take the public transport option, just hop on the Silver Line Express bus between Dulles Terminal and the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. From there, you can catch the Metro’s Silver Line to downtown.
Taxis take cash or credit card – just follow the signs for Ground Transportation or Taxi to the lower level of the Terminal, down the ramp to Door 2 or Door 6. You can expect a taxi to cost around $60-$68 to the downtown area. Uber and Lyft are available at Washington Dulles should you wish to order a cab from your phone.
Where to stay in Washington D.C
The Hay-Adams is a historic 5-star hotel with views of the White House, St. John’s Church, and the scenic Lafayette Park. If you’re looking for luxury then you’ll find it at this hotel, which boasts luxuriously appointed guest rooms offering French doors with private balconies. The hotel’s bar Off the Record was named by Forbes.com as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars” and is definitely a place to see and be seen.
Another fantastic boutique hotel option is The Jefferson, which offers 99 rooms located in close proximity to the White House and other historic DC landmarks. The hotel’s restaurant, Plume, offers tasting menus by Ralf Schlegel, while the downstairs bar, Quill, is a great place to relax and unwind with a cocktail listening to the sound of the in-house pianist.
Things to do in Washington D.C
As the capital of the United States, Washington D.C is most famous for being home to The White House and many of America’s oldest buildings. The city has plenty to see and do:
The White House – The most iconic building in the USA – The White House has been home to generations of Presidents. If you’d like to visit the White House, you have to submit a tour request through a Member of Congress and since spaces are limited it’s best to book well ahead. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance.
The National Mall – The National Mall is home to many famous monuments including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. To the north is the White House, while to the eastern end you’ll see the dome of the U.S. Capitol building. Take a stroll along the mall and visit the eleven Smithsonian galleries and museums, all of which are completely free to enter.
National Air and Space Museum – If you’re interested in planes then you’ll love the National Air and Space Museum, which houses thousands of objects related to aviation and space exploration, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia. There’s also an IMAX theatre that screens movies as well as a planetarium named after Albert Einstein.
Located on the East Coast of the United States Washington D.C experiences hot, humid summers and bitterly cold winters. Spring time between March and May is considered the best time to visit, since the weather is starting to warm up but it’s not uncomfortably hot and the humidity levels are much lower than at other times of the year.
To enter the US as a British Citizen you can apply for an ESTA online. The ESTA allows you to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. The application costs around $14 per person but once you’ve got it, it’s valid for two years.