Serving almost 70 million people annually, London’s Heathrow airport is among the busiest in the world. If you haven’t already, you may one day find yourself with the opportunity to spend some time in this fantastic city, so don’t be stuck unprepared. Follow FlightHub’s advice on how to maximize even a 24 hour layover in this beautiful city.
First things first, head straight from Heathrow to the city center by using the Heathrow Express. FlightHub recommends this mode of transportation because of it’s the fastest way to get from the airport to the city, and drops you off conveniently at Paddington station. Be warned the price for this train ticket is steep, fares can cost between £21-30 for a one-way pass.
As time is scarce on this layover, FlightHub suggests purchasing a hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket. This is the easiest and most convenient way to see the parts of London that interest you. There are plenty of tour companies that specialize in different areas of London and you can accommodate your interests accordingly. Whether you want to take a tour of Tudor England, or seeing the Tower of London, these tours have something for everyone. With helpful drop-off and pick-up locations, you’ll never be stuck in an unfamiliar area.
For a long time, the sun didn’t set on the British Empire. With that in mind, FlightHub suggests that travelers visit one of the many museums and take in the history of the country. The National Gallery is home to national collections of Western Europe’s art ranging from the 13th century to the 19th, and with a suggested donation £5, the museum is financially accessible for visitors and tourists. Once there, this FlightHub review also suggests renting an audio tour to enable a better understanding of the art being viewed.
If museums don’t interest you, then FlightHub thinks that the London Eye is the next stop for anyone on a short layover in the city. As the fourth tallest structure in London, the view alone is unparalleled and will make for a wonderful photo op. Tickets start at £19, and visitors get to enjoy a 30 minute rotation and view of the city.
Enjoying London cuisine is essential during your layover! FlightHub suggests picking up some traditional fish’n’chips at Fish Club. If you’re feeling something a little more refined, the tea time in London is the way to go. Hotels such as the Marriott, or establishments such as Brown’s Hotel’s Tea-Tox are all great options that FlightHub thinks you should indulge in.
For all things shopping, FlightHub knows there’s no better place to head to than the always trendy Soho district. But don’t forget the other shopping staples, like Oxford Street or the famous department store, Harrods!