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London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom

London’s Heathrow Airport is a celebrity in its own right. Aside from being London’s main airport, it is a highly sought after filming location that has served as the backdrop for numerous movies such as Christmas favourite Love Actually and the final installation to the Bourne Trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum.   

The airport is located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, West London and is commonly referred to as Heathrow. It was formerly known as London Airport until 1965. Consisting of five terminals, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and one of the most hectic in the world, handling a huge volume of international passengers throughout the year.

Getting around Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are relatively convenient and easy as they are within walking distance of each other. Visitors looking to get to Terminals 4 and 5 can make use of the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services at no charge, while passengers in transit are provided complimentary bus transfers between the terminals. However, if you opt to take the London Underground between terminals, normal fare rules apply.

The airport is served by several modes of transport such as trains, buses, and taxis. As, all of the drivers of the iconic London taxi are fully licensed and have passed the world famous ‘Knowledge of London’ examination, it is recommended that you take the iconic London taxi. However, if you intend to ride the train, there are a few options you can consider: Heathrow Express, Heathrow Connect, and the London Underground (Piccadilly Line). There are frequent coach services that connect local and national destinations with the airport such as National Express, The Airline, and Railair Coaches. A low-cost option would be public buses that connect the west of London to Heathrow.

Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world is located just 13.0 km (8.1 mi) from Heathrow. Be transported to another era as you walk through the lavishly decorated castle that has been immaculately preserved. To make the most of your time at the sprawling castle, pick up one of the free audio tours in the Courtyard at the start of your visit. If you’re lucky, you will be able to witness the guard changing ceremony that usually happens before noon.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, southwest London is another top destination near the airport. Commonly referred to as Kew Gardens, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for having one of the world’s largest collections of living plants. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the garden’s numerous attractions, which includes a traditional Japanese garden, Kew Palace, and a tree top walkway.

 

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