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Farnborough 2012

Welcome to Flightglobal’s coverage of the world’s leading industry event, the Farnborough air show.

Farnborough out and about


Getting to and from the show.

By train

Farnborough Airshow is within easy reach of four stations: Farnborough Main, Farnborough North, North Camp and Aldershot. A free shuttle bus service will run from Farnborough Main, Aldershot and North Camp stations to the show. Farnborough Main is a 20-30 minute walk from Farnborough North station.  For rail travel enquiries, train times and fares call the National Rail Enquiries Line on +44 (0)8457 484950

By car

Should you decide to travel by car, Farnborough International Airshow is located on the A325, accessible from the M3 and A31. During the show there will be special routes in the immediate vicinity of Farnborough which will be clearly signposted.

Please follow signs to the general car park. Parking is free and the general car parks are serviced by free shuttle buses into the show. Motorists are advised to turn off their car's SatNav on approach to the show and follow the road signage in place. If you have purchased reserved parking, follow AA road signs to the car park specified on your parking label.


Eating out in London

A Michelin Star restaurant, Kitchen W8 is a charming eatery situated in the heart of Kensington. The menu changes with season and always features the highest quality ingredients at reasonable prices. From Monday to Saturday you can have a two-course meal for a little over £20.

Kitchen W8
11-13 Abingdon Road
London W8 6AH
020 7937 0120

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Aqua London is one of the most diverse restaurant groups in the capital. Aqua Kyoto focuses on Japanese cuisine, Aqua Nueva focusese on Spanish cuisine and Aqua Spirit is a cocktail bar.

Aqua London
240 Regent Street
City of Westminster
020 7478 0540

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After a long day at the show you may just fancy a hassle-free restaurant with a simple menu. Byron is a popular burger chain with a wide choice of tasty comfort food.

222 Kensington High Street
W8 7RG
020 7361 1717


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If the weather looks good then you should try one of London's top al fresco dining destinations. High above Kensington High Street you will find Kensington Roof Gardens and the restaurant Babylon. The surroundings are perfect for relaxing after a long day.

99 Kensington High Street
W8 5SA
0207 368 3993

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Eating out in Farnborough

Looking for great steaks, fish and wine? Look no further than Verve Grill. Located in the Village Hotel, it is an increasingly popular venue.

Verve Grill
Village Hotel Farnborough
GU14 7BF
0844 980 007

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Deep in the heart of Winchester and only a short walk from the famous cathedral is this new eatery. Overlooking the Broadway, Abbey Gardens and King Alfred's statue, Eighteen71 is located in one of the city's most distinctive buildings.

Guildhall Winchester
High Street
SO23 9GH
01962 840 820

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Awarded with the Hampshire Hospitality Award in recognition of its food quality and service, this gem of a restaurant is well worth a visit. With daily specials and real ale available on tap, it is the perfect place to wind down after a long day.

The Old Vine
8 Great Minster Street
SO23 9HA
01962 854 616

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In Farnborough itself is the Crab and Anchor bar and restaurant. The menu consists of homemade choices prepared by Chef Arlindo.

Crab and Anchor
Links Way
GU14 0NA

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Sights and Shopping - Things to do in London


There are many major art galleries in and around London.
The Tate Modern sits on the banks of the Thames and features a huge collection of contemporary art. Tate Britain houses the largest collection of British art in the world.
In the heart of Trafalgar Square you will find the National Gallery. All of these galleries are free to enter.

London Eye

If art isn't your thing, then why not see the heights of London by taking a 'flight' on the London Eye.
This giant observation wheel gives you incredible panoramic views of the city, stretching 25 miles to Windsor Castle. The wheel never stops moving, so be careful when entering and exiting the pods! You can take either a day or night flight. Costs: £18.90 on the door (£15 if you book in advance).


Visit Camden to see a totally different side of London. The area is famous for its market, food stalls and tiny street shops.
Make sure you build up an appetite before visiting, as in the cobbled streets you will find treat after treat. As the evening begins many pubs, bars and clubs open their doors, with scores of people heading for one of the most extraordinary clubbing scenes in London. Camden is also a hotspot for live music nights. Venues such as the Roundhouse often have live performers.


London has some beautiful parks, both in the city and on the outskirts.
After a hard day at work why not grab something to eat and head to one of the parks. Hyde Park is probably one of London’s best-loved and most famous parks. Centrally located, its 350 acres boast a lake, rose gardens and a meadow.
Three royal palaces surround St James’s Park. It is also home to The Mall, where many parades and celebrations take place, including the recent Queen's Diamond Jubilee concerts.

Theatre Land

London’s West End is famous for its theatre shows and productions.
Offering some of the world's best theatre performances and musicals, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. Examples of shows currently running are Billy Elliot, Matilda, and Shrek.
If Musical Theatre isn’t your idea of a good evening then there are also a number of plays showing at various theatres. War Horse, The Woman in Black and the Sunshine Boys are popular shows currently running.

Shopping in London

London is famous for its shopping. With streets full of designer labels and top department stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Liberty, you can stock up on everything from homeware to fashion.

Public transport in London is easy, quick and cheap. There are tube stations by most of the popular tourist attractions.

Things to do around Farnborough

Hampshire boasts a rich heritage, beautiful coastlines and plenty of peaceful countryside to satisfy outdoor types. To get you started, here are a couple of Flightglobal recommendations:

St Michael's Abbey is a stunning Benedictine abbey in Farnborough.

St Michael's Abbey
GU14 7NQ

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At the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust you will learn about how the organisation is working to preserve and promote the heritage of aviation in science.

Trenchard House
85 Farnborough Road
GU14 6TF
01252 375050

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Bars and Pubs

The Kensington Wine Rooms are made up of a wine bar, a restaurant and a shop. Since opening in 2009, the wine Bar has quickly established itself as one of the best in London.

Bar Pepito
Varnishers Yard
Regents Quarter
N1 9FD
020 7841 7331

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The Kensington Wine Rooms is made up of a wine bar, restaurant and shop.  Fairly new having been opened just three years ago in 2009, The Kensington Wine Bar has already established itself as one of the best wine bars in London.

Kensington Wine Rooms
127-129 Kensington Church Street
W8 7LP
020 7727 8142

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Winner of many awards including best DJ Bar 2012, JuJu is in the heart of Chelsea and is the perfect place to wind down with a cocktail or two. Well, at least until 10pm, when the venue comes to life with upbeat and funky music playing into the early hours.

316-318 King's Road
0207 351 5998

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The Connaught Bar is a prestigious and elegant venue within the Connaught Hotel. The House Martini is the most popular drink from a wide selection of cocktails.

The Connaught Bar
Carlos Place
020 7314 3419

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