If you are flying to Europe or the US and have an extended stopover at London’s Heathrow Airport, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore the numerous attractions found in and around the Heathrow Airport area. Spending time at the airport for an extended duration of time is not really an enjoyable experience, especially if you have kids in tow.
If you have a short stopover due to mechanical reasons, you could spend time at the airport lounges and explore the shopping areas at the airport. However, if you have a cancellation and need to spend a long while at the airport (8-10 hours) you could visit the many interesting attractions found near the airport. You could catch the Tube, train or hire a taxi to visit the many exciting laces in central London or in the vicinity of Heathrow. For those who have a brief stopover, two areas where you could spend time at the airport are as follows:
Club Aspire Lounge: You will find Club Aspire Lounge to the left of gate 9 in Terminal 3. Travellers can spend time in the Quiet Zone, enjoy a variety of alcoholic drinks with complimentary refreshments, peruse through a number of magazines and newspapers, and use the free Wi-Fi to surf on their smartphones or other mobile devices. Kids are only allowed in the lounge if an adult accompanies them all during their stay there.
No1 Lounge: A great place to spend time with the family the No 1 lounge offers fantastic views of the runways and is located at Terminal 3. Travellers can enjoy the complimentary food on offer and there is something for everyone in the lounge. From a mini-cinema, a children’s area and family games room the kids will never have a dull moment in the lounge.
Travel from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express: The swiftest way to travel from the airport to central London is to take the Heathrow Express. The journey is non-stop and you will arrive within central London within 15 minutes. You could buy the tickets online and it departs from the airport almost every 15 minutes. Once you are on board the train store your luggage on the spacious racks close to the doors and enjoy a relaxed trip to the centre of London. The seats are commodious and comfortable and if you travel in First Class you will find even more amenities and comforts. You have access to free wireless internet all during the trip and the great thing is that you can even place mobile calls when the train travels through tunnels. There are TV services available on board to stay updated with the latest weather, news and entertainment. If you fancy a quiet place head to the Quiet Zone, where travellers are advised to use their electronic gadgets discreetly. Boarding the train is convenient including wheelchair accessibility and with no steps loading the luggage onboard is easy. There are special wheelchair sections found in different areas parts of the train. You can make your ticket booking online in advance of your trip to London.
Accommodation: For those travellers that need to spend a considerable number of hours in the city, finding accommodation to check-in and freshen up is always a good idea. There are plenty of luxury 5-star hotels in London with quite a number of them near the airport.
If you are looking for luxury accommodation in central London that offers the best amenities and value for money the ideal choice would be the Montcalm Hotel London. It offers access to some of the top attractions around and is well connected to other attractions in and all around town.
Some of the top attractions to visit away from the airport are:
Kew Gardens: You could travel to Kew Gardens wither by taxi or tube. If you have already explored the centre of town and want to head to tranquil and relaxed surroundings Kew Gardens is the perfect place to spend time. You could take a tour of the beautiful park and explore its hothouses.
Hampton Court Palace: One of the finest royal palaces, its exceptional architectural beauty surpasses even those palaces found in central London. It was built for Cardinal Wolsey and after his ignominious exit, the Crown expropriated the property. Designed by one of England’s finest architects, Sir Christopher Wren in the classical style, it is well worth a visit. While there do not miss an opportunity to explore its world-famous maze.
Legoland Windsor: A fabulous place to visit with the family. The best way to arrive there is to catch a taxi and is well worth a visit. With a host of exciting rides, the kids will love the place combined with a variety of exciting model-making activities. Preferably try to avoid visiting on public holidays as there are long queues to get in.
Thorpe Park: One of the best amusement parks in the country, it offers an adrenaline rush quite unlike anything else in town. It is the among the top theme parks in the UK and boasts of some of the most unique and thrilling rides, including the biggest log flume and its main draw, the terrifying Nemesis Inferno, is a roller coaster in the shape of an inverted corkscrew. A ride aboard the Inferno is a mind-blowing experience!
London Motor Museum: To visit the London Motor Museums visitors can catch a train to arrive at Hayes & Harlington station. Car enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the museum that is exclusively devoted to automobiles, specifically cars of European and American heritage. These range from classics of the 1950s to the 1980s. The fabulous collection includes a wide variety of car including the legendary hot rods and a Batmobile amongst its collection of around 100 cars. The perfect place to visit if you are a car aficionado!