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User currently offlineDavid T From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 210 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Evening,

I am finally returning back to LHR for some plane spotting at the end of April after an absence of 6 years. Several questions come to mind, afterall I have not really stayed on top of everything over there...

I know the T2 observation deck is shut down. I will be staying at the Radisson Edwardian and enjoying a few pints at The Three Magpies at night.

1) Is there a decent aviation store located nearby and operated by who? (What happened to Mach III on T2)

2) If I walked towards BA Engineering, is it reasonably easy to walk around without be harrased and take some pictures?

3) There is that street that is referred to often with arrivals coming in just over the houses... Sorry can't remember which one. (27R I think) Easy to walk too? Is there a decent pub nearby?

4) Actually, what is your favorite pub on Bath Road? I love aviation, but I also enjoy a pub & pint.

5) And lastly, do British passport holders still only have to "flash" their passpot to a HM Customs Inspector on arrival, or have the farmalities increased in todays day and age?

Sorry for all the questions, cheers mates from the LHR area and abroad!

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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Hi David

You can generally walk along the pavements near BA Engineering and take photos - just don't park your car in a bus stop or you'll have the gestappo after you in their big jeep!

Myrtle Avenue is on 27L, not far from BA engineering. You can walk along the Bath Road from there, past the petrol station and it's on the left with a big field just after the approach lights. You can also get the tube to Hatton Cross which is closer to Myrtle Avenue than BA Engineering. Myrtle is great - a big field just south of the landing aircraft so the sun hits the side of the aircraft. I just spent a bank holiday Monday sunbathing lying on the grass just watching the aircraft fly across in front of me - heaven!

The Green Man is close to Myrtle Avenue - go down the road at the side of Hatton Cross Tube Station and it's a little further up on the left IIRC. Good views of landing aircraft from the pub and a popular choice with us UK spotters.

We only have to flash our passports when we land at LHR - we have our own line which moves a lot quicker than the others (but still takes an age to get through!).

Hope this helps,
Noel.


User currently offlineDavid T From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Cheers Noel, appreciate the reply. Looks like 27L and not 27R as I thought. Looks like I am a bit rusty.

Any idea what happened to the store on top of T2? Is there a visitors centre down the road from the Radisson that now has all the books, etc?

I am a dual Canadian/British citizen due to family, and having done the flash passport routine in the late nineties with my British passport, just not sure what the latest is over there. It's still good for a few months so if it gets me through quicker than the non-British/E.U. lines, then why not. (The only thing I miss out on is the Customs stamp in the Canadian passport.)

In T3, there used to be a pub in the general food courts prior to security which was as you walked towards the Burger King and windows? Back then, Trusthouse Forte ran it. Is it still there do you know? The reason to ask is that I always took the AC flight from YYC and as soon as I got through Customs, I would make a beeline right for it and have a quick pint before heading off to T2 and T1.

You may not remember or perhaps before your time, but I am still saddened by the taring down of the Peggy Bedford Pub across from the Sheraton. It became a McDonalds and gas station. Very sad indeed. I would fly to LHR just to take in a night there and be right next to my favorite airport.

The return journey is long overdue....


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1462 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

David T said

(The only thing I miss out on is the Customs stamp in the Canadian passport.)



Nope, you will never get a Customs stamp in your Passport at LHR, -
It will be a UK Immigration Service stamp.

They are two entirely separate agencies, attached to two differing Government Ministries.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

Quoting Noelg (Reply 1):
We only have to flash our passports when we land at LHR - we have our own line which moves a lot quicker than the others (but still takes an age to get through!).

Less of the "flash" these days - the dour individual will swipe the passport through a OCR reader to record your arrival (oooh, 1984 !)


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Quoting David T (Reply 2):
Any idea what happened to the store on top of T2? Is there a visitors centre down the road from the Radisson that now has all the books, etc?

There is still the visitor centre on the northern perimeter road but I'm not sure what is in there really - as far as I know I think it's just like a museum of the airport history etc aimed at families. You can view across to the airport but it's through tinted glass and straight into sun so no good for photos and only aircraft on 27R/9L can be read off relatively easily.

Unfortunately I am probably a bit young - and not from London (only go down every few months) so don't remember that!  Smile

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 4):
Less of the "flash" these days - the dour individual will swipe the passport through a OCR reader to record your arrival (oooh, 1984 !)

Quite right actually - although I think they always look at the photo page (maybe just to have a laugh). Unfortunately LHR immigration staff are rarely the most friendly of people, particularly to the foreign lines, we witnessed T2 immigration at 6pm on a Saturday (when all the Asian heavies tend to arrive). Absolute chaoes and the immigration lady just seemed to enjopy shouting at everyone and telling them they were in the wrong line!  duck 


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