Before you travel through time inside the British Museum, get a bird’s eye view of the city aboard the London Eye, or marvel at the visual spectacles of Madame Tussauds, you have to pass through a world-famous gateway known as Heathrow Airport.
For some, the airport is an obvious reminder about the city’s reputation in the tourism industry, but for others, it signifies the start (or the end) of a wonderful adventure. Heathrow sees more than 1,000 air transport movements with close to 200,000 passengers every day. From the parking spaces to the retail areas, its 1,227-hectare area boasts an array of first-class facilities. With that, here’s a brief outline of Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow is amongst the top five busiest airports in the world, according to Business Insider. That, and the aforementioned daily travellers’ statistics, can easily create havoc when it comes to parking spaces. Luckily, the airport sets aside almost £1 billion every year to constantly upgrade all its facilities from the outside in.
A parking aggregator in the UK categorizes Heathrow’s car bays as the standard (short stay and long stay), the luxury (business, meet and greet, and valet), and the alternative (hotel with parking). Of course, London is highly regarded, as having excellent public transportation systems, thus commuting to the airport isn’t so bad for travellers after all. Parking4Less suggest the quickest way to the airport from central London is via the Heathrow Express, which only takes a mere 15 minutes. The website also points out the London Underground’s Piccadilly Line as the least expensive mode of travel.
The five terminals of Heathrow offer a comforting experience to every passenger. For one, the airport entitles them to 45 minutes of free Internet connectivity – a little indulgence for all travellers. In terms of high-end fashion, there are the likes of Alexander McQueen, Prada, Tiffany & Co.
There are also WHSmith bookshops inside Terminals 3 and 4, where travellers can choose from a range of fiction and non-fiction titles. From luxury dining in Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Café, to 15-minute snacks at Pret A Manger and Bridge Bar, Heathrow presents a plethora of food choices. If shopping and dining isn’t your thing, you can just sit back and be amazed at all the majestic carriers flying through the airport at the Observation Deck. The area features a 270-degree view of Heathrow Airport’s runways – a perfect way to cap off a lazy afternoon.