Are there any good spots for landgins on 27R? All I can see is purple parking and Heathrow academy. Although I've just found the grass area at the back of the Premier Inn Bath Road which looks like it could be a good place.
For 09L there is the thistle hotel. How happy are they for spotters to sit on the terrace? Do I have to ask,or do I just walk straight up? I am more than happy to purchase food / drinks throughout the day. Also, how busy does it get here? If there are no seats are there any other decent spots for 09L?
Thanks everyone. I can't wait to get back. Due to University and a few other commitments, this will be my first time spotting since 2013!
bombayduck wrote:Cains Lane is now have double yellow lines, problems arose with builders lorries and other stuff parked there a lot. All due to a new hotel going up. The yellow lines run from Hatton road to the A30 non house side. As for other parking not too sure,as I go to Heathrow via public transport. Hope this helps
I spotted both runways back in June 2015.
The grassy area that you mentioned is perfect for 27L. The whole area is not accessible, however. If you check it out on google maps street view you'll see some red signs about ~20 feet from the road beyond the hedges; make sure not go to beyond those signs. The police will tell you to move if you do.
The thistle hotel is undoubtedly one of my all-time favorite spotting places in the world. They are quite relaxed towards spotters; you don't need to ask anyone for permission, and you don't even need to buy food/drinks (though I suggest you do - their cucumber sandwiches are great!) It never got too busy when I was there. I didn't explore any other 09L spots as thistle was perfect for what I wanted. Also note that 27R departures are spectacular from here.
(sorry for the self-plugs)
Hope you have a great time!
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