British travel giant Bali has opened its doors to London and Birmingham for a week, with the first day of business set to start on Tuesday.
The first customers will be welcomed by Sainsburys head of UK travel, James Watson, in London’s Canary Wharf, and will be allowed to take up residence at its London branch.
The British-owned supermarket chain will also open its first shop in Birmingham on Tuesday, where it will sell its range of food, drinks and household goods.
The Birmingham store will also offer a range of products including groceries and food and drinks.
The company’s Birmingham store is expected to open at 9am on Tuesday and the UK’s largest grocery store will open its doors at 1pm on Wednesday.
The opening comes as London has seen a surge in the number of UK holidaymakers and businesses visiting the city in the last month, as the government looks to increase the number that can travel to the capital in a bid to combat air pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The number of British visitors to the country jumped by 14.5 per cent in April to 2.9 million, according to the Office for National Statistics.
But while London has the most foreign visitors of any British city, it has the lowest population density, with less than 5,000 people per square kilometre compared to a figure of more than 10,000 per square mile in Birmingham.
The figures are a stark contrast to the number visiting the UK from outside the country, where the population density is about 10,500 per square metre.