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. I recommends this mode of transportation because 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, it is recommended to purchase 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, travelers should 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 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! I’d highly recommend that you try traditional fish’n’chips at The Golden Chippy. 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 you should indulge in.
For all things shopping, 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!
Get your London Pass
Looking to save money on your trip? The London Pass gives you access to:
- Free entry to over 60 attractions, tours and museums including Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Thames River Cruise, Tower Bridge, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, and more
- Free Hop on Hop off Bus Tour to explore London and discover all of it’s iconic landmarks
- Fast Track Entry – skip the lines at selected attractions to save time during busy periods
- Optional Oyster Travelcard to cover all of your transport needs
- Free 160+ page guidebook packed with helpful tips, info and maps
- Over 20 exclusive special offers also available
A 1 day pass costs £69 for an adult and £49 for a child. 2 days is £94 and £69 respectively.