What to do at Heathrow
By Mark Farrell
In terms of activity at Heathrow Airport in London, one word sums things up: busy. Heathrow is one
of the busiest International airports in the world, and flights seem to land and take off continually.
If you have got some time to kill before departure or between flights at Heathrow, relax and
enjoy a great view at the location of your choice within or near your Terminal.
If you're traveling through Terminal 1 at Heathrow, take a seat at the Tin Goose Pub to take in
the view. This retro-style eatery and bar serves food and drinks from 6:00 until the final flight of the day has
departed. All-day breakfasts, sandwiches, soups and full meals are featured on the Tin Goose menu, and there is a
children's menu and vegetarian options available, as well.
If you prefer to enjoy the view over a cup of delicious Italian coffee, Costa Coffee near Gate 8 is
a terrific Terminal 1 choice.
Costa Coffee also serves hot chocolate, sandwiches, and a variety of baked treats and goodies,
and they are open to serve all Heathrow Terminal 1 flights.
Terminal 2 at Heathrow does not have much to offer in the way of runway views. But Terminal 1 is
connected to Terminal 2, and it is so close by, you can walk there in 5 or 10 minutes, enjoying great views (and
some exercise) along the way.
One of the best places for fabulous views of the airfield in a quiet, relaxed setting is the
Servisair Executive Lounge. Scenic runway views are available from many Terminal 3 departure gates, as well, and
also along the walkways that link them to the departure lounge. You can grab a terrific cup of take-away coffee and
a snack at Caffe Italia located in the vicinity of Gates 1 through 5 at Terminal 3.
Travellers passing through Heathrow Airports Terminal 4 can enjoy outstanding runway views from
several locations, including two coffee bars.
Costa Coffee offers sandwiches, pastries and excellent coffee plus a great view, while at AMT
you can enjoy not only delicious coffee, but freshly-squeezed orange juice, thick milkshakes, pastries, pretzels
Several of Terminal 4's departure gates offer excellent runway views, and you can always visit
the KLM Holideck Lounge for a stunning look through a glazed observatory. There's so much to see at Heathrow
Airports newest Terminal, you might forget about the runway views. But when you are ready to enjoy a great meal and
a spectacular view at Terminal 5, try Gordon Ramsay Plane Food. This outstanding departures level venue features
cuisine by Michelin-star rated Gordon Ramsay. There's even a cocktail bar on site, and you'll be impressed with the
service as well as the views from this top quality Terminal 5 restaurant.
Wagamama is another excellent place to take in the view at Terminal 5.
This family-friendly restaurant features an extensive breakfast menu, plus noodle and rice
dishes, salads, traditional Japanese dishes, desserts and much more. Everyone will find something they will love on
Wagamama's exciting menu and appreciate the view of the runway, Wembley Stadium and the London City skyline
Travel through any airport can be stressful, and especially one as large and busy as Heathrow.
Yet you can take positive steps to minimize your stress level, relax and enjoy your time at Heathrow. With so many
options to take in a mesmerizing view from every Terminal, why not plan to spend time at one of these prime vantage
points for runway viewing on your next visit to Heathrow?
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