London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport Information (LHR)

London Heathrow Airport is the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger throughput, with around 68 million people passing through the facility every year. This mammoth airport has four busy terminals, with a fifth terminal due to be complete in 2008, and it serves 90 world airlines and almost 200 destinations throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Passenger facilities and services are extensive.

Heathrow Airport comes with excellent business and conferencing facilities, with a dedicated business centre that houses 20 meeting rooms and a full range of office equipment. In addition, there are credit card operated fax machines throughout the airport as well as wireless internet, internet terminals and internet cafés. Banks, bureaux de change, cash machines (ATMs), left luggage services and postal facilities can be found in every terminal, while the shopping and eating options are on a par with that of a medium-sized city. The duty-free shopping options are some of the best in the world for size and range.

You can get to central London from London Heathrow Airport by train, the London Underground, bus and taxi, with the Heathrow Express service to Paddington Station offering the fastest option. The London Underground Piccadilly line has stations at terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4, but services to London are much slower, albeit cheaper, than the Heathrow Express, while Airbus provides bus transport to central London throughout the day. In addition, the Hotel Hoppa runs to hotels in the area and London black cabs and limousines serve all four terminals.

Address: 3 Manor Court, Exeter, EX1 9YT, UK
Tel: +44 844 335 1801


Business, VIP & Wifi

Business facilities at London Heathrow Airport are extensive and can be found in all VIP lounges in each of the four terminals Departure lounges as well as at the airport’s Business Centre, where conference facilities are available. In addition, internet access is available throughout the airport at several internet cafés and computer terminals, together with Wifi hotpots in convenient locations.

Business centres: the Business Centre at London Heathrow Airport is located in the Queen’s Building and comes with 20 meeting rooms including a 60-seat conference suite. Business support facilities and office equipment includes: computer workstations, fax machines, photocopiers, audiovisual equipment, video conferencing equipment, showers and refreshments. Reservations can be made by calling.

Meeting rooms: there are a total of 20 meeting rooms at the Queen’s Building Business Centre at London Heathrow Airport, all of which have air conditioning and are fully sound proof. The Stuttgart Suite can seat 60 delegates and is the top conference hall at the airport, with a fully automated display wall. Meeting rooms at Heathrow Airport can be booked by calling the Business Centre .

VIP: terminals 1, 2 and 3 each have an executive lounge that is run by Servisair. Each lounge has business support facilities, with telephones, fax machines and computer internet access, while complimentary snacks and beverages and a selection of newspapers are also available. Terminal 4 has the three-floor Holideck Lounge, where an internet and business zone provides a work area for businesspeople. Kid’s games zones and other family facilities are also available.

Internet: internet cafés and computer terminals have been located throughout London Heathrow Airport, so that passengers can send and receive email. In addition, high-speed wireless internet, provided by T-Mobile, BT Openzone and The Cloud Networks, offers passengers with laptops and hand held computers the chance to surf the internet on the move. Internet hotspots are available in Arrivals and Departures areas as well as piers and satellites.

Car Rental

Hiring a car from London Heathrow Airport gives you the opportunity to explore the region fully and eliminates you having to rely on the often overloaded and expensive London public transport services. There is direct access with the M4 motorway from the airport and the M25 motorway is also situated nearby.

Six major car hire companies are represented at Heathrow Airport including: Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and National, and return facilities are situated nearby and connected to the terminals by shuttle bus. Chauffeur-driven hire cars are also available from each terminal. We recommend that you book a rental car ahead of time to make sure you get the car you want.


Mothers and babies: baby-changing facilities can be found in all Arrivals and Departures areas of every terminal, where specially equipped rooms have fold-down tables for changing and feeding. However, baby-changing facilities are not available in every toilet, but just those marked with a baby care symbol or a ‘bottle’ sign. There are also a number of unsupervised play areas at London Heathrow Airport, where mothers can leave their babies with dad while they enjoy the extensive shopping opportunities on offer.

Children: there are many facilities available for children at Heathrow Airport including several play areas, video arcade rooms and the Heathrow Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre retells the history of Heathrow Airport through interesting interactive exhibitions and it also comes with a flight simulator game. Soft play areas are also located throughout the airport for children aged between two and six years old, while interactive toys and games can be found on the Main Deck and in the KLM Holideck lounge in Terminal 4, which is a purpose-built lounge with views of the runway.


The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.

Aberdeen Düsseldorf Nassau
Abu Dhabi Edinburgh New York (JFK)
Abuja Eindhoven New York ( Newark)
Accra Ekaterinburg Newcastle
Addis Ababa Entebbe Nice
Ahmedabad Faro Osaka (Kansai)
Aleppo Frankfurt Oslo (Gardermoen)
Alexandria Freetown Ottawa
Algiers Funchal Palma
Alicante Geneva Paris (CDG)
Almaty Gibraltar Perth
Amman Glasgow Philadelphia
Amsterdam Gothenburg Phoenix
Ankara Grand Cayman Pisa
Antalya Halifax Port Of Spain
Antigua Hamburg Portland
Aqaba Hanover Porto
Ashkhabad Harare Prague
Athens Helsinki Providenciales
Auckland Hong Kong (Chep Lap Kok) Reykjavik
Bahrain Houston Rio De Janeiro (Galeao)
Baku Inverness Riyadh
Baltimore Islamabad Rome (Fiumicino)
Bandar Seri Begawan Istanbul Rotterdam
Bangalore Izmir Saint Johns
Bangkok Jeddah San Diego
Barbados Johannesburg San Francisco
Barcelona Karachi Sanaa
Basel Khartoum Santiago De Compostela
Beijing Kiev (Borispol) Sao Paulo
Beirut Kingston Seattle ( Tacoma)
Belfast City Kolkata Seoul
Belgrade Kuala Lumpur (Sepang) Seville
Benghazi Kuwait Seychelles
Berlin (Tegel) Lagos Shanghai (Pu Dong)
Bilbao Lahore Shannon
Bishkek ( Frunze) Larnaca Singapore
Bordeaux Las Vegas Sofia
Boston Leeds Bradford Split
Brussels Lisbon St Petersburg
Bucharest (Otopeni) Los Angeles International Stavanger
Budapest Luanda Stockholm (Arlanda)
Buenos Aires Luxembourg Stuttgart
Cairo Luxor Sydney
Calgary Lyon Taipei
Cape Town Madrid Tangiers (Ibn Batuta)
Casablanca Malaga Tashkent
Chennai Malta Tbilisi
Chicago (O’Hare) Manchester Tehran
Cologne ( Bonn) Marrakech Tel Aviv
Colombo Marseille Tivat
Copenhagen Mauritius Tokyo (Narita)
Cork Melbourne Toronto
Dacca Mexico City Tripoli
Dallas Fort Worth Miami International Tunis
Damascus Milan (Linate) Valencia
Dar-Es-Salaam Milan (Malpensa) Vancouver
Delhi Montego Bay Venice
Denver (International) Montreal Vienna
Detroit Moscow (Sheremetyevo) Vienna
Dhaka Mumbai Warsaw
Doha Munich Washington (Dulles)
Dubai Muscat Yeveran
Dublin Nairobi Zagreb
Durham Tees Valley Naples Zurich


London Heathrow Airport is located about 15 miles west of London, near the M4 motorway and the M25 ring road. The terminal exits are well signposted from the M4, with terminals 1, 2 and 3 accessible from Junction 4 and Terminal 4 accessible from Junction 3.

From the north: take the M1 motorway south and then the M25 ring road west and south on a heading for Guildford. Exit the M25 onto the M4 east at Junction 15 and then exit the M4 at Junction 4 for terminals 1, 2 and 3, or exit at Junction 3 for Terminal 4.

From the south: take the M25 north in a clockwise direction and exit onto the M4 east at Junction 15. Heathrow Airport is just a few miles from junctions 4 and 3, and is well signposted.

From the east: from central London, the M4 provides access to London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 via Junction 3, while Junction 4 provides access to terminals 1, 2 and 3. In addition, the A4 runs directly to terminals 1, 2 and 3 from central London and the A4 and the A30 (southwest) run to Terminal 4.

From the west: the M4 and M40 motorways approach from the west of England and join the M25 ring road. If you are travelling on the M4, continue east towards central London and take junctions 3 or 4 for the airport. The M40 meets with the M25 ring road at one junction north of the M4. Continue south along the M25 and take Junction 15 onto the M4 east for the airport.


Passengers facilities at London Heathrow Airport include bureaux de change and cash machines throughout all four terminals, along with public telephones, wall-mounted pay fax machines, Wifi internet access, left luggage and lost property offices, a chapel, health centre and postal services. Heathrow Airport also has many pharmacies and comes with an excellent supply of cafés, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, bars, lounges and an array of shops.

Money: passengers will find bureaux de change booths before and after security in each of the four terminals at London Heathrow Airport as well as conveniently located cash machines. Travelex currency exchange booths generally open from 05:30 to 22:00, while ICE exchange booths usually open slightly later, closing about 21:00.

Services: there is a left luggage facility and postal services in the Arrivals and Departures areas of all four terminals at London Heathrow Airport, apart from the Departures area of Terminal 3, which does not have a left luggage facility. Left luggage offices generally open from 06:00 to 23:00 and there is also a central lost property office on-site.

Smoking: in enclosed public areas in the UK is now against the law, although Heathrow Airport has set aside special rooms for smoking. Smoking rooms can be found in the following areas of London Heathrow Airport: the Departures area of Terminal 1, near the WH Smith outlet; near the Costa Coffee outlets in the Arrivals and Departures areas of Terminal 2; three smoking areas in Terminal 3 Departures and one in Arrivals; and near WH Smith in Terminal 4 Arrivals as well as designated points in the airport’s VIP lounges.


London Heathrow Airport is surrounded by quality hotels and it has a good location about 15 miles west of London, with direct access to the M4 motorway. People fly in from all over the world looking for a place to stay, and although London is an expensive city, there are some good deals at places near the airport. Some of our recommended hotels include:

Thistle Lodge (three star)
Located only two miles from the airport, the Thistle Hotel is a large, quality hotel establishment with good, nearby leisure facilities, on-site parking and courtesy airport transfers. The Health and Fitness Centre next door is free of charge to guests and it has a swimming pool, whirl pool, sauna and gym, while the hotel comes with a restaurant and a bar. Room facilities include: TV, telephone, radio, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms also come with air conditioning.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Novotel London Heathrow (three star)
The Novotel is even closer to Heathrow Airport and is a modern, three-star hotel, also offering free, on-site parking for up to 15 days. There is a swimming pool, gym and a restaurant and bar on-site as well as a play area for children. Rooms have a TV, in-house movies, telephone, modem point, play station, mini bar, radio, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 12:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

The Sheraton Heathrow (four star)
The Sheraton Heathrow is a quality four-star hotel situated to the northwest of the airport grounds on Bath road (A4) and it offers over 400 well-appointed rooms, secure on-site parking, a gym and two quality eateries. All rooms are air conditioned and come with: TV, in-house movies, telephone, modem point, voicemail, radio, minibar, hairdryer, trouser press and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Hotel Ibis Heathrow (three star)
The Hotel Ibis Heathrow is located on the A4 Bath road, very near to London Heathrow Airport. It offers good value for money, although parking is at the nearby Parking Express car park. The hotel comes with a restaurant and a bar as well as disabled persons’ facilities, but there is no room service. All rooms are air conditioned with en-suite and include: satellite TV, telephone, radio and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online


There is an information desk at each terminal at London Heathrow Airport, where staff can provide information on airport facilities and flights. In addition, there are also help desks dotted around the terminals, which come with helpful terminal maps and courtesy telephones, while transport information desks are available in terminals 1 and 3, and outside of Terminal 4. Heathrow Airport also had a large complement of security, police, medical and porter assistance staff to provide extra security and help.


London Heathrow Airport has several car parks, with a short-term parking lot present at each terminal. There are also long-term and business car parks as well as valet parking, disabled parking and free motorcycle parking. A courtesy shuttle service runs between the terminals and the long-term and business car parks, and bookings can be made online or by calling: +44 870 733 0778.

Short term: there is a short-term car park situated outside each terminal, where there is a maximum stay of up to five hours. The short-term car parks are best used for dropping off and picking up passengers, and they don’t need to be pre-booked. Business parking is also available at each terminal, with the business car parks being located slightly farther out than the short-term car parks. Frequent shuttle buses run between the terminals and the business car parks.

Long term: there are several long-term car parks at London Heathrow Airport, where security is excellent and free shuttle buses run to the various terminals every 10 minutes. You can book your long-term parking space on the day, at the airport, although it is advisable to book ahead of time, especially during busy holiday periods. Spaces can be booked online or by calling: +44 870 733 0778.

Valet Parking: meet and greet parking (valet parking) is available from any of the four terminals at London Heathrow Airport, where drivers are met at a pre-arranged time at the Departures drop-off point and their car is then parked by a chauffeur. Cars are parked in a secure compound and drivers are met with their car on their return to the airport. You can book valet parking on the day, although we recommend that you book beforehand to avoid disappointment (+44 870 733 0778).

Special needs: disabled drivers are well taken care of at Heathrow Airport, with car parks that have designated spaces reserved for those with special needs. Free courtesy shuttles are wheelchair friendly and you can arrange to be met by a uniformed porter for assistance from the car park to the airport.

Shops & Eating

Restaurants and bars: there are literally hundreds of places where you can enjoy food and drink at London Heathrow Airport, with cafés, snack bars, coffee shops, fast-food joints, bistros, food courts, food villages, self-service restaurants, full-service restaurants and many bars and traditionally pubs on offer. Drinking and dining establishments are well distributed throughout the four terminals, with a good supply of eateries and watering holes in both the Arrivals and Departures areas of each terminal.

Convenience items: there is a great selection of shops at London Heathrow Airport in every terminal, on each floor, before and after security. There are shops in every category including bookshops, newsagents, pharmacies, convenience stores, clothing shops and boutiques as well as sunglasses, perfume, jewellery, electrical, shoe and confectionery outlets. You can even get pick up prescriptions at the Terminal 1 chemist.

Duty free shopping: Heathrow Airport is particularly revered for its duty-free offerings, with a huge number of stores spread throughout the Departures area of all four terminals. In fact, Heathrow Airport offers the best choice of duty-free in Europe, with everything on offer from high street stores, designer clothing, chocolates and sunglasses to a huge range of perfumes, tobaccos and alcohol. Note that you must have a boarding pass for travel outside of the European Union to take advantage of tax-free prices.


Terminal 1

Before Security
WH Smith Open – 06:00 – last flight
Boots Open – 06:30 – 21:00
Accessorize Open – 06:00 – 21:00
The Body Shop Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Austin Reed Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Tie Rack Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Rolling Luggage Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Sock Shop Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Virgin Open – 06:30 – 21:00
After Security
WH Smith Open – 05:30 – last flight
Glorious Britain Open – 06:00 – 21.30
Times 2 Watches Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Sunglass Hut Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Berry Bros. and Rudd Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Boots Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Caviar House Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Chocolate Box Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Cigar House Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Clarks Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Dixons Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Gassan Jewelers Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Harrods Open – 06:00 – last flight
HMV Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Hugo Boss Open – 06:00 – 22:00
The Wine Collection Open – 06:30 – 21:30

Terminal 2

Before Security
WH Smith Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Boots Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Art Of Silk Open – 07:00 – 21:00
Sunglass Hut Open – 06.00 – 21:00
Accessorize Open – 06.00 – 21:30
Ladbrokes Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Sock Shop Open – 09.30 – 20:30
The Body Shop Open – 06:30 – 21:00
Whistlestop Open – 06:30 – 21:00
After Security
Art Of Silk Open – 06:00 – 22.30
Berry Bros. and Rudd Open – 6:00 – 22:00
Boots Open – last flight
Burberry Open – 6:00 – 21:00
Coccinelle Open – 05:30 – 22:00
Gifts 4 All Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Glorious Britain Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Harrods Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Perfume Gallery Open – 05:30 – 21:30
Sunglass Hut Open – 06:00 – 21.30
The Chocolate Company Open – 06:00 – 23:00
Timberland Open – 05:30 – 22:00
Virgin Open – 06:30 – 21:30
WH Smith Open – 06:00 – 21:30
World Duty Free Open – 06:00 – 21:00
World of Whiskies Open – 06:00 – last flight

Terminal 3

Before Security
World News Open – 06:00 – 22:45
Boots Open – 06:00 – 21:00
The Body Shop Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Accessorize Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Glorious Britain Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Whistlestop Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Hargreaves Sports Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Sock Shop Open – 06:00 – 21:30
La Senza Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Tie Rack Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Lush Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Rolling Luggage Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Our Price Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Thorntons Open – 07:30 – 21:30
Past Times Open – 07:00 – 21:30
The Link Open – 07:00 – 21:30
Whittard Open – 06:30 – 21:30
After Security
Books etc Open – 06:00 – 22:30
World News Open – 06:00 – 23:15
Boots Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Waterford Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Dixons Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Art of Silk Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Bally Open – 07:00 – 21:30
David Clulow Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Cartier Open – 06:00 – 23:00
Caviar House Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Fcuk Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Chanel Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Harrods Open – 06:00 – 23:00
Holland and Holland Open – 06:00 – 23:00
Versace Open – 07:00 – 22:00
Hugo Boss Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Zegna Menswear Open – 05:30 – 22:30
Wedgwood Open – 05:30 – 22:30
Escada Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Folli Follie Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Kury Geiger Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Gucci Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Chocolate Box Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Glorious Britain Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Liberty Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Sunglass Hut Open – 06:45 – 21:45
MAC Open – 07:00 – 21:30
Mappin and Webb Open – 06:30 – 22:15
Nike Open – 06:30 – 22:15
Pringle Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Taste of Britain Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Paul Smith Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Rigbypeller Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Thomas Pink Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Salvatore Ferragamo Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Virgin Open – 06:00 – 23:00

Terminal 4

Before Security
WH Smith Open – 04.30 – 22:30
Boots Open – 06:00 – 21:30
The Body Shop Open – 07:00 – 21:30
Tie Rack Open – 06.30 – 21:30
Sunglass Hut Open – last flight
After Security
Books etc Open – 06:00 – 21.30
WH Smith Open – 04:30 – 22:30
World Duty Free Open – last flight
Accessorize Open – 06:00 – 22:00
The British Museum Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Boots Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Berry Bros and Rudd Open – 06:00 – 22:00
Glorious Britain Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Cigar House Open – 06:00 – 21:45
Rolling Luggage Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Church and Co Open – 06:30 – 21:15
Dixons Open – 06:00 – 22:00
World of Whiskies Open – 06:00 – 21:00
Austin Reed Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Bally Open – 07:00 – 21:30
Beauty Studio Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Chanel Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Best of The Best Open – 06:30 – last flight
Mappin and Webb Open – 07:00 – 21:30
Harrods Open – 06.30 – 23:00
Smythson Open – 06:00 – 21:30
HMV Open – 06.00 – 21:30
Caviar House Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Hackett Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Dunhill Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Tie Rack Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Links Open – 06.30 – 21:30
Escada Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Gassan Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Hamleys Open – 07.00 – 22:00
Liberty Open – 06.30 – 21:30
Mulberry Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Nike Open – 06:30 – 22:30
Penshop Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Bvlgari Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Burberry Open – 06:00 – 21:30
Sunglass Hut Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Ted Baker Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Watch Station Open – 06:30 – 21:30
Thomas Pink Open – 06:30 – 22:00
Chocolate Box Open – 06:30 – 21:30

Special Needs

There are excellent facilities in place for disabled travellers at London Heathrow Airport and the airport conforms to European standards with regards to providing for disabled people at airports. If you think you will need assistance with getting around the airport and boarding your flight, call the airport ahead of time, so that a porter can be assigned to you, minimising delays. For information on special facilities for the disabled at Heathrow Airport call: +44 870 000 0123.

Facilities for disabled travellers at London Heathrow Airport include: ramps and wide aisles where necessary; disabled persons’ toilets and specially adjusted telephones throughout the terminals; designated seating for disabled people at all Check-in areas; reserved disabled parking spaces and a special assistance agency. Travel-Care, an independent agency set up to help those with special needs at Heathrow Airport, is located in the Queens Building, situated between terminals 1 and 2. The agency is open on weekdays and can be contacted on: +44 208 745 7495.

Passengers with hearing and sight impairments are also well looked after at London Heathrow Airport. Induction loops have been installed at useful locations throughout the airport and are marked with ‘sympathetic ear’ signs, while public pay phones come equipped with hearing-aid adapters; text pay phones are also available. Terminal signage has also been given attention and signs have been painted with contrasting black on yellow for easy visibility.

Stopover Guide

London Heathrow Airport is the gateway to London and the United Kingdom, handling a massive 67 million passengers per year through its four terminals. London is one of the world’s most heavily visited cities and it has many world-famous attractions such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and The British Museum. Shopping and nightlife options are also fantastic.


• Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most visited attractions and it is full of wax models of the stars and villains of today and yesteryear as well as many interactive exhibits.
• Tower of London is the home of the Crown Jewels and is an ancient and mammoth fortification on the River Thames, visible from the equally impressive Tower Bridge.
• First opened to the paying public in the 1990s, Buckingham Palace is also a major London landmark and is opulent beyond words; the art collections and gardens are a must-see.
Among the city’s many brilliant museums include The British Museum and the Natural History Museum, the latter of which has many impressive hands-on exhibits.
• For people watching, visit Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden; bustling by day and night, and featuring numerous souvenir shops, eateries and watering holes, these London spots are not to be missed.
• London has dozens of parks, with Hyde Park being the most visited and well known. Many official and unofficial events take place here throughout the year.

Eating and shopping: most people think of Harrods and Oxford street when they think of London and shopping. Located in Knightsbridge, Harrods is still the most popular department store in London and it includes several floors of glitzy and quality products, while the even more upmarket Harvey Nichols is also nearby. Oxford street is simply bursting with shops and it stretches for hundreds of metres, while Camden Market, Mayfair and New Bond street are other must-visit shopping areas.

There is no centre when it comes to eating and entertainment in London, as there is an endless choice of interesting areas all over the city. However, a large majority of cafés, fast-food joints and restaurants can be found in the West End, which is where Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Soho reside, the latter of which is also home to London’s Chinatown. Elephant and Castle is also a popular area in south London, while Mayfair is the place to go for experience star-rated luxury and opulence.

Day trips and tours: if you’re in London between May and October, the world-famous Ascot Racecourse is not far from London and stages some quality race meets, the most famous of which is the Royal Meeting in June. Not far from Ascot and the M4 motorway is Windsor Castle, the world’s largest occupied castle, which features magnificent the State Apartments, priceless art work and extensive grounds.

Also within easy reach of London are the ancient towns of Oxford and Aylesbury, to the northwest and the north respectively. Oxford is famed for its university and dreamy spires, while both towns have a large amount of nearby stately homes that are worth visiting. In the other direction, to the east, Southend-on-Sea is a great seaside daytrip destination from London and it has a wealth of family entertainment and attractions.


London Heathrow Airport is the world air hub for international travel and is served by most of the world’s airlines, while also being the home of British Airways. There are four terminals at the airport, with terminals 1, 2 and 3 located at the centre of the facility and the newer Terminal 4 on the south side of the grounds, which is connected to the other three terminals by a free train service. Terminal 5 is currently under construction and will be solely for the use of British Airways. Facilities for passengers at Heathrow Airport are superb, with an abundance of shops, restaurants and travel-related services making the airport comfortable for passengers.

Terminal 1: is the busiest terminal at Heathrow Airport, serving 25 million passengers and dozens of airlines. Terminal 1 handles most of the airport’s domestic traffic as well as some European and long-haul flights. Check-in and Departures for domestic and international flights go from the first floor of Terminal 1, with Domestic Check-in situated on the left side of the concourse and International Check-in on the right and in the middle of the concourse.

Terminal 2: is London Heathrow Airport’s oldest terminal and it handles the least amount of traffic, with around 8.5 million passengers using the terminal each year. The terminal was originally named the Europa Building and it mainly handles flights to European destinations, with 29 carriers operating flights from this terminal. The Check-in area of Terminal 2 is situated on the ground floor, while Departures and Arrivals are located on the first floor.

Terminal 3: is currently the second busiest terminal at London Heathrow Airport, with 38 airlines carrying about 16 million passengers every year to destinations worldwide to mainly Asian and Middle Eastern destinations. Check-in is located at the front of the terminal building on the ground floor, while Departures is upstairs on the first floor.

Terminal 4: is the newest of the four terminals and is connected to the other three by free express train services. Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport is served by 10 airlines, which fly to domestic, European, transatlantic, African, Asian and Australasian destinations and it has excellent facilities. Check-in and Departures are located on the first floor, where direct access with the Terminal 4 short-term car park is possible.

Terminal 5: will be used solely by British Airways, who currently operate at terminals 1, 2 and 4. The new terminal is due to open in 2008 and will cater for an additional 30 million passengers a year by the time it is fully operational in 2011, increasing the airport’s capacity to well over 90 million passengers a year. The inclusion of Terminal 5 really make London Heathrow Airport the world’s biggest airport. It will provide a massive car park, hotel and a dedicated motorway spur from the M25 ring road. There are also plans to build a sixth terminal in the future.


All transport options are available in getting to and from London Heathrow Airport to central London and other major UK centres. There is a rail station located nearby that is accessible by shuttle bus, providing fast access to Paddington Station in London, while all terminals also have access to a London Underground station. Shuttle buses, regular buses and coaches also serve the airport, as do taxis and limousines, which are the most expensive means of getting into London.

Rail and metro: the Heathrow Express offers fast access to central London from Heathrow Airport. The train takes 20 minutes to reach London’s Paddington Station and services operate every 15 minutes, seven days a week. In addition, the Piccadilly line operates London Underground services, which make regular stops at terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4. This service takes about one hour to get to central London (longer during rush hours) and runs from 05:30 to 00:30.

Shuttles and buses: London Heathrow Airport has a central bus station for terminals 1, 2, and 3, and a separate stop at Terminal 4. The A2 Airbus shuttle runs from all terminals to London King’s Cross Railway Station in central London, while the N9 bus is a nightly service that runs the same route. In addition, passengers staying in hotels near Heathrow Airport can make use of the Hotel Hoppa bus, while National Express coaches serve London Victoria Coach Station as well as destinations nationwide.

Taxi and limo: if you want to take a taxi to London or your hotel from London Heathrow Airport, London black cabs go from all four terminal forecourts and do not need to be booked in advance. Cabs are well controlled to meet the demands of arriving passengers and take about one hour to reach central London. Three or four limousine operations also serve London Heathrow Airport, offering greater comfort and style. Airport Transfer Service, Royal Silver Service, ChauffeurExec and London Black Cabs are the major limousine companies serving the airport.

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