Spotlight on Heathrow Airport
You may have seen Stephen Fry giving travellers coming in to Heathrow a few pointers on life in the UK, so we thought we’d help, by giving travellers a look at what makes Heathrow tick. The UK has a few airports to choose from, but Heathrow International Airport is the busiest.
Located in west London, England, Heathrow is also the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the third busiest in the world by total passenger traffic. It has four open terminals and big plans to expand one of the terminals and also possibly add a third runway.
Terminal 1 and 2 sit side by side, and after the demolition of 1, Terminal 2 will use the space to expand, allowing for a more comfortable experience at the airport. Terminal 2, officially named the Queen’s Terminal, is the newest terminal at Heathrow and used by the Star Alliance airlines as well as a few others. Here you’ll find a selection of luxury outlets including Burberry, Bulgari, Gucci and Mulberry as well as dining outlets such as the Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar, The Perfectionists' Café by Heston Blumenthal and London's Pride by Fuller's. For coffee lovers, there’s a Ca'puccino and vegetarians should check out Wondertree.
Terminal 3 is an older terminal, and is used by all of the Oneworld airlines (with a few exceptions), Delta, Middle East Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Though older, it is still home to plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, especially if you’re looking for luxury brands. There’s Cartier and Chanel, as well as Hermes, Miu Miu and Tiffany & Co amongst others. Terminal 3 also has a Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar, as well as an Oyster Bar, Oriel, Strada and more. Of course you’ll also find a couple of coffee shops including a Costa.
Terminal 4 is home to the SkyTeam airlines, again, with some exceptions. This is also where you’ll find Air India, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways. It has recently undergone a £200 million upgrade to extend the check-in areas, renovate the waiting area and install a new baggage handling system. It also has its fair share of luxury shops, including Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo. Dining options are a little easier on the wallet, with Café Rouge, Pret A Manger and a Wetherspoons, but you can also head to the Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar, Comptoir Libanais for something a little different.
Terminal 5 was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 and is home to British Airways as well as their partner company, Iberia. The new airport cost £4.3 billion and consists of a main terminal building with two satellite buildings which are linked by a train system. Terminal 5 was voted Skytrax World's Best Airport Terminal 2014 in the Annual World Airport Awards and continues to be a favourite of many travellers today. Here you’ll find Dior, Fortnum & Mason, Mappin & Web and World of Whiskies. There’s also a Pret A Manger, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Starbucks and a Wagamama.
So, no matter which terminal you fly in to or out of, you’ll be very looked after. Just make sure you follow Stephen Fry’s expert advice into all things British and enjoy your time here.