Flying into Heathrow...What to do?
I am going to be flying into Heathrow on the 2nd/3rd of May, and I have a nine hour stop-over, so I was wondering if there is anything I could entertain myself with during that period. I haven't done much research on the area, is Heathrow actually in London or is it outside of London? If so, whats the fastest, cheapest way to get into London, I hear there is a tube stop, but I wasnt sure. Anyways, suggestions on nearby, cheap (as cheap as you can get in London) entertainment would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Be advised, however, that there are many constraints:
On the other hand, spending nine hours stuck at LHR is my idea of hell.
Lis's Travel Tips 30 years of travel experience.
Don't even talk to me about the nightmare that is a one way ticket to Heathrow, arriving to be given the third degree.
Did I mention my luggage got lost on the way from my NY connection to philly? It was a really fun trip, that one.
Google "HEX discount codes" or "Heathrow Express Discount Codes" and you'll find a few that will take a few pounds off the Heathrow Express price. Since you're playing it by ear, I would keep that in mind as an option IF you get there later than expected (or, have a massive need for a nap upon arrival and less time in central london than expected but still an equally massive desire to see it). The HEX will get definitely you to central london in 15 minutes...at a price. If you chose to or have to use it, having the discount codes handy will take a little of the sting out of the cost.
The "Heathrow Connect" is another option...more expensive than the tube, but half the cost of the HEX. Takes about 25-30 minutes one-way, goes to Paddington. For people in your situation, that's usually what I advise.
The tube will take at least 45 minutes to an hour each way from Heathrow to the Picadilly Circus tube stop in central london. Something to think on--sure, whilst it's cheaper, it will kill two of your 8 hours there, so it MAY be worth it to go the Heathrow Connect route, or splurge on the HEX).
IF you just want to see London, once you're at either Paddington or Picadilly, I'd suggest the hop-on/hop-off bus tour. It sounds touristy, but it will take you by all the "attractions" in London you'd want to see, giving you the freedom to hop off at places you want to briefly explore, or just see it all. If you're arriving on a morning flight into Heathrow, get to either Paddington or Picadilly and get on this bus, you'll likely be at Buckingham Palace right at "changing of the guard" time. I also suggest this for when people have a few days in London and want to spend their first day "scoping out the whole area", getting that first overview of things.
Ambien will help you sleep on the overnight flight (works way better than tylenol Pm or any other benedryl-based sleep aid, since you get a good solid sleep and aren't foggy on waking).
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. ---St. Augustine
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