Features and Attractions of London Heathrow Airport


Heathrow Airport is one of the most important international airports in the world. Located in west London, England it is the busiest airport in the UK and the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic. It is also the sixth busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic as it handled a record 73.4 million passengers in 2014, which was a 1.4 percent jump from 2013. The airport has two parallel east-west runways along with four operational terminals on 12.14 square kilometres of land.

Heathrow airport

In view of the fact that it is the busiest airport in UK, it is always throbbing with activity and gives that frenzied, hurried feel that can be expected from such a busy place. At first glance after you land at the airport, you will feel that there is a lot of empty space between the runways and the various attractions of the city that have made it so famous. However, nothing can be further from reality as there is such a lot that you can do and see even if you are staying close to the airport. You can visit the nearby towns of Staines and Hounslow for doing some shopping and also indulge in some adventurous activities.

Heathrow Airport

Nearby Attractions: If you are staying in hotels near Heathrow, you can easily visit many attractions nearby such as British Airways Heritage Collection, Kempton Park Pumping Station & Steam Museum, Spring Grove House, Runnymede Boathouse, Chertsey Museum, Strawberry Hill House, Orleans House Gallery, London Motorcycle Museum, Turner’s House, Syon House, Slough Museum, Museum of Richmond, Egham Museum, Elmbridge Museum, Hampton Court Palace, French Brothers Ltd, Eton College, The London Museum of Water & Steam, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Kingston Museum, Brooklands Museum, Dorich House Museum, Chiswick Baptist Church and Chiswick House and Gardens among many others. If you wish to stay close to the airport and to the nearby attractions, you can opt for staying at Park Grand Hounslow that offers comfortable accommodation with all facilities at a cost that you can afford.

An important attraction near the airport is the Staines Sailing Club where you can get sailing lessons on the River Thames for all levels. Such an experience will be much more expensive elsewhere in London.

Heathrow Airport has five terminals and the attractions in these terminals are enumerated below.

Terminal 1: This terminal is used by all domestic and Irish routes along with some European and long haul destinations. Comprehensive developments have taken place at this terminal even though it is certain to be closed with the opening of the Heathrow East scheme. There are some fantastic shops in the terminal such as Burberry, Harrods, LK Bennett, Fat Face and the world famous toy store Hamleys. Heathrow Airport Tourist Information Office is also located here, in the underground concourse of terminals 1, 2 and 3. This is an important place where tourists can get all pertinent information regarding the places that they wish to visit during their stay.

Terminal 2: Terminal 2 was the oldest terminal building of Heathrow Airport that opened as Europa Building in 1955. Even the current site of the terminal will be closed down shortly as the construction of the Heathrow East scheme will start on this site. Both Terminals 1 and 2 will be replaced when this exciting new development is completed. It is expected to be a modern, environmentally friendly terminal.

St Georges Chapel: An interdenominational chapel is also available at Heathrow Airport in the form of St Georges Chapel which is located below ground level in the central area between terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Heathrow Airport Control Tower: This tower is one of the tallest in Europe and is twice the height of Nelson’s Column in central London.

Heathrow Airport Control Tower

Terminal 3 Massive Pier 6: This terminal handles most of the long haul flights to and from Heathrow Airport. At this terminal, you can find the massive Pier 6 that had been built to handle the twin decks of the superjumbo Airbus A380. The terminal offers a large range of eating places in the passenger departure area including TGI Friday, Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar. A wide range of tax free shops are also available at the terminal such as Versace, Cartier, Gucci and Paul Smith.

Terminal 4: This terminal that opened in 1986 will now be refurbished due to the opening of Terminal 5. The refurbishments include extension and redevelopment of the forecourt so that a fresh face can be given to the terminal. Inside the terminal there are a whole lot of shops including Aspreys of Bond Street, Hermes and Ted Baker. The place also has eating and drinking options such as Starbucks and JD Weatherspoons.

Terminal 5 and more: The latest and the most important terminal at Heathrow Airport is Terminal 5 which opened in March 2008.  It is the terminal where most British Airways flights land and take off. It can handle 30 million passengers and it has 60 aircraft stands. It is distinguished by the fact that it has the largest unsupported roof structure in the UK. It has glass walls and roof that afford stunning views of the surrounding countryside, the runways, Windsor Castle and even Wembley Stadium. The terminal is home to more than 100 shops and restaurants including Harrods, Dior, Gucci, Prada and World Duty Free. It also has Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Plane Food and an EXPO area where exhibitions keep taking place.

People Asked

Is Heathrow Terminal 1 closed?

Designed by Frederick Gibberd, It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in April 1969 & closed on 29th June 2015.

Which terminal does Aegean use at Heathrow?

What is the delta international terminal at Heathrow?
Starting April 2nd 2014, Delta will be switching its London Heathrow flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3.

Which is the new terminal at Heathrow?

Heathrow Terminal 2, also known as The Queen’s Terminal, is an airport terminal at Heathrow Airport, the main airport serving London, United Kingdom. The new development was originally named Heathrow East Terminal, and occupies the sites where the previous Terminal 2 and the Queens Building stood.