London Heathrow is not just the busiest airport in the UK but also the busiest in Europe with 75 million passenger journeys handled in 2015. Terminals 1+2+3 are next to each other in the centre of Heathrow. Terminals 4 and 5 are separate and are at the other end of the runway (note: terminal 1 is currently closed and undergoing refurbishment).
It is located to the west of London and is closer to London than Gatwick, Luton or Stansted airports.
Underground (‘The Tube’): Transport for London (TFL) is your best resource for public transport in the London area. Take the Piccadilly Line (blue line) into the centre of London. About 35 minutes and £6 to Earls Court station. If you are planning on several days in London and using the public transport buy a Visitor Oyster Card and top up.
Coach: There are a few choices:
- National Express is a major national coach operator in the UK to take you to other cities.
- Railair coach to Reading. Drops you right outside the main train station from where you can easily get a train to the west of England, south Wales,Birmingham. Journey time is about 55 minutes from Heathrow Central Bus Station (terminals 2+3), or about 50 minutes from Terminal 5.
- Airline Oxford Bus to Oxford. About 80 minutes., £25 one way
Train: The The Heathrow Express will take you to London Paddington which is a mainline station in west London. £22 one way, £36 for a return, about 25 minutes. The Tube is longer journey time (but it depends on where you want to get to in London) and far less expensive.
Taxi: You can get a ‘black cab’ from outside the terminals at the taxi rank. Journey time to central London is 30 to 60 minutes, and about £45 to £85 depending on distance and time in the cab.
Here is a start:
- Top End:
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences from £540 per night
The Goring from £280 per night
Chiltern Firehouse from £296 per night
- Mid-range: The standard list of UK mid-range hotels applies (£90 to about £150)
Eat in the hotel, or if you fancy venturing out
- there are loads of Curry places on Brick Lane
- China Town near Leicester Square
- Burger and Lobster. You have a choice of burger or lobster on the menu. Simple.
- The London Eye ferris wheel
- Shakespear at the Globe Theatre
- If you have a whole day – Greenwich! Take a ferry down the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament. Spend the day in Greenwich looking at the Cutty Sark, Naval museum, look at the zero meridian (where zero degrees starts on all maps!) at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. Try the Trafalgar Tavern for a beer by the river