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What To Do On A 10 Hr Layover At LHR  
User currently offlinePA727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 161 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8009 times:
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Heading to Delhi on Sept. 14. I arrive at LHR at 7:50 a.m. on Sept. 15 and depart at 5:40 p.m. I specifically chose this itinerary to take advantage of the upper deck J cabin on BA's 744. Thing is, this leaves me with 10 hours to kill between flights. Looking for good ideas on what to do with the time.

Given passport control and other typical time constraints, is it sensible to leave the airport, or should I take advantage of the time available to me? Either way, I will need to pass through immigration as I will definitely need to go outside to smoke, given LHR is smoke-free.

Open for any ideas and thoughts, from sticking to the Galleries Club, taking the tube into London for lunch, finding a spotters area. Really open to anything and everything, but want to be sure I don't get myself into a time jam.


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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 1252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7996 times:

If you have never been to London, you certainly should try to get into the city. For speed, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington. Only about 15 minutes.Take a taxi or the tube to Westminster. Taxi will set you back a few more pounds, but saves the confusion of the tube if you are a first timer. If you take the tube from Paddington go to Baker Street and then transfer to the line that runs to Westminster. Within a few blocks you can see Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Cabinet War Rooms, 10 Downing, and with a few minutes walk to Buckingham Palace or the London Eye.

Back to Paddington and the Express back to Heathrow and you could see a lot of London in 5 or 6 hours.

If you get hungry try Pret a Manger. They are about as common as Starbucks in the US and have consistently edible fast food, a rare treat in London.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30073 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7968 times:

Quoting PA727 (Thread starter):

Definately go into London . Im not usually a fan of tours but for your time you could do one just to take in the sights without having the hassle of trying to find your own way around.


User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7957 times:

Immigration won't be a problem (that seems to be cleared up now) and you should be through in half an hour, as aklrno said get the Heathrow Express into London or you can get the Picadilly Line tube which goes to 'Green Park' station, change there and go on the Jubilee Line to Westminster. Would take an hour and a half probably to do that but would be cheaper than Heathrow Express. Your choice.

I also (if you have time) recommend a walk along Southbank, just make sure you allow plenty of time to get back (aim to get back 2 hours before your next flight if possible then if anything does go wrong you've got an hour to fall back on).

Quoting aklrno (Reply 1):
If you get hungry try Pret a Manger. They are about as common as Starbucks in the US and have consistently edible fast food, a rare treat in London.

'Consistently Edible" doesn't really sell Pret... They are very common in London and the beauty of them is that all the food is freshly produced at that outlet. Basically you walk in, pick what you want off a refrigerated shelf and pay at the till. You can eat in or take out and the staff are always excellent. If something you fancy is out of stock, they'll make more for you provided they've got the ingredients left. There is also Starbucks which is becoming more common here now (and in London), they do a limited range of hot wraps etc but they're not fresh (still taste nice though).

As for spotting, I've never spotted at Heathrow as I normally just transit through to Manchester (if I go to just London I get the train - which I do regularly). Enjoy your trip!

User currently offlinePA727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7946 times:
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Thanks for the great info! Won't be my first time in London, but it's been about 10 years, so I'm sure much has changed. My main concern was having enough time to make leaving the airport worthwhile, but I can tell from the responses that my fears were mainly unfounded. Most of that is because my other trips were via Gatwick, and that's a bit more of a trek!

I've used the tube before, so I have no fears there. Most of my previous time in London was spent in the Westminster/Picadilly Circus/Buckingham Palace area, so I'm excited to have a chance to see some different things or even re-visit previous stops.

Will keep Pret a Manger in mind as well. If I'm not mistaken, I believe they have locations in NY as well? London is such an incredibly underrated city for food, it's truly world class.

Again, thanks to all of you for the information, and I'm definitely open to all ideas and suggestions for packing it all in over such a short amount of time.

User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7884 times:

Put aside a bit of $$...or GBP as it is...and use the Heathrow Express into Paddington and taxi or tube to the London Eye. You can pre-purchase tickets for the Eye on their website, and complete the ride and add a spot of tea or a quick bite before heading back to LHR easily in 5 hours or less. A unique view of this wonderful city and even if a bit queasy with heights....it is not a jerky ferris wheel....the ride is smooth in comfortable pods that affords a 360 degree view with picture opportunities even in "iffy" weather. The highlight of my 4th trip to London last year.
And BA will take good care of you upstairs, not to speak of all the perks of the Galleries Lounge in T5. I didn't want to fly....I was perfectly happy with my seat there!
Enjoy your trip.

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