If your bags are checked all the way through to EWR
you can transfer via the Flight Connections Centre located adjacent to T1 and T2
. Here you will clear security and board a bus to T3
. The bus ride takes about 5 mins and is airside so you will see the odd a/c or two, but photo ops are limited due to the amount of buildings/equipment in the way. Have the camera ready just incase, but don't expect to get A.net standard pics.
If your bags are not through checked, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs and collect your bags, then follow the underground maze of poorly signposted walkways to T3
. The walk takes about 10-20mins depending on how fast you walk and if you have bags or not.
There are not too many places to watch a/c from at LHR
, there are a few places but not many. One of the best places is Between Gates 1-7 in T3
which is in the new pier and overlooks 27L/09R. You get a good view from the windows but you will be about 30 feet back from them behind a second glass screen so any pics you take will not make A.net standards !!.
If you walk to Gates 30-34 in T3
, you can see a small part of 27R/09L from the windows there. You can get upto the windows providing no flights are using the gate areas at the time.
To find the gates, in the T3
departure lounge you will see a huge sign saying "gates" go through the doors (they are infront of the car in the middle of the shopping centre). Turn left for gates 1-7 and right for 30-34. You can go back into the departure area through the same doors. DO
NOT go towards gates 13-21 unless your flight is boarding from there, as if you want to go back to the other gates/lounge, you have to go back through a security check point again which takes time, and there is little to see down there anyway.
Remember to keep an eye on the screens. The gates are usually announced about 70mins before departure, and some screens will only show flights departing in that particular area of the terminal !!.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"