Heathrow - London

Apr 30th, 2002, 06:09 AM
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Dianne
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Heathrow - London

I had peviously read a message from someone who had asked similar question. We have a 3 hour wait at Heathrow and question the feasibility of going into London?
Any specific ideas?
Thanks
 
Apr 30th, 2002, 06:30 AM
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Dianne

With three hours it's not worth going to London (minimum 1 hour train there and 1 hour back)and what if you get delayed?

Stay in Heathrow and shop shop shop! Alternatively if you really must sightsee why not follow the advice of Janis and others and take a taxi to Windsor which is a 20 minute cab journey away and would give you a flavour of England

All the best
Andrew
 
Apr 30th, 2002, 06:38 AM
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Dianne, three hours is NOTHING between planes at Heathrow. Walking from the concourse to the boarding gate is often 20 minutes. Lines are much slower than ever because everyone wants to carry on and everything is scrutinized so much more carefully.

Take Andrew's advice and shop the concourse--Harrods has lots of shops, as do many others and you can easily be kept occupied for the 1.5 hours you'll probably actually have free (not checking in somewhere, standing in line, etc.) I wouldn't go into London or Windsor with less than 6 hours wait.

Have a great trip!
 
Apr 30th, 2002, 06:41 AM
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Good Lord, you have to be out of your mind to consider going anyplace with just 3 hours at Heathrow. We were just there and were 3 hours early for our flight. We had breakfast at Garfunkal's (not exactly gourmet, but the food was OK) and walked the shops. Then it was time to board. That airport is large...lots to see/do right there. Just getting in and out of security can be an ordeal if they are doing more then random checking. They were doing random's last week when we checked in and some people were really getting the go over - you never know and it can take awhile. Don't do anything stupid that you'd regret (as in leaving the terminal).
 
Apr 30th, 2002, 06:45 AM
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Thanks to those who responded so quickly. Looks like we will stay at Heathrow.

Dianne
 
Apr 30th, 2002, 06:49 AM
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As andrew says, I often recommend Windsor - BUT definitely not with only 3 hours. You need to check in for you outgoing flight 2 hours ahead of time. The walk from your arrival gate will be VERY LONG - even if the moving sidewalks are working - which they sometimes don't - it will take you 10 to 20 minutes. Then if you leave the terminal you will have to go through immigration - that could take anywhere from 5 mins to an hour.

Are both flights in the same terminal? If not you have to factor in getting from one to the other. With 3 hours you should just stay "airside" and shop duty free. And you won't have much time for that even.
 
Apr 30th, 2002, 08:26 AM
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Diane,

There really are LOTS of neat shops at Heathrow. I had fun at their little Lush boutique for yummy-smelling soaps just like the one everybody raves about at Covent Garden.

Julie
 
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