I'm flying to Europe early next week and unfortunately due to poor planning on my part, I will be staying at Heathrow overnight for about 8 hours before my next flight leaves for Barcelona (my final location) early the following morning. Has anyone ever had to stay overnight at Heathrow? Any recommendations on ways to tough out the night, kill time, or store bags? Any help or incite would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Bring a big sweater. Airports are notoriosuly cold at night. Earplugs may be a good idea, too!
If you are anything like me when it comes to sleeping in airports, bring a bottle of coca cola or other high sugar drink to make sure you are good enough for the next day instead of wasting a whole day the next one when you are extremely tired from having little or no sleep. Maybe bring a book to read but apart from walking around the terminal building very slowly to waste your time, that's about the most excitement you can look forward to.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 24, 2007, at 9:16 PM by aharrold45 ]
I'm afraid Heathrow is not a great place to be stuck in so a good book is definitely a good idea and a well charged ipod . I copied this from the offical website for you
"Each terminal has a left baggage facility for storing luggage for a number of hours or days. Items are security checked. Left baggage offices also offer competitive unaccompanied baggage rates and services and sell luggage and travel accessories. Charges are £6 per item per 24 hours (or part thereof). The service is operated by the Excess Baggage Company, who can be contacted on +44 (0)20 8745 4599. Opening times are:
Terminal 1 (06:00 - 23:00)
Terminal 2 (05:30 - 23:00)
Terminal 3 (05:00 - 23:00)
Terminal 4 (05:00 - 23:00)"
Not sure when you last flew through LHR but they are fairly strict on carry on luggage so if you are transferring to different terminals beware. No liquid of any sort allowed and many a person has had to throw out their newly bought duty free goods from the first leg of their journey. Liquids incl creams/lip balm etc etc ... there is an airside pharmacy who make a killing on all of us poor souls but they can be out of stock of popular items so plan ahead.
Best of luck
OK so your profile says you are in the USA right now. Depends entirely on the flight connections etc, try to check your bags in all the way through from the USA-BCN should not be a problem, especially if you are on a one world frlight from the USA (only flights to BCN from LHR are IB or BA) so if flying from the USA on BA or AA you should be fine. If you manage this, then stay "Transit or Air" side, as it is less busy and there are fewer interuptions.
If you preesent both tickets at check in, they still shoul dcheck you in all the way even if on two separate tickets.
Try to take the blanket off the first flight with you, and as someone else suggested a good book. Drink Tea not coffee (when in the UK what else to drink huh).
Alternatively, you could always check into a hotel in LHR , if you have minimum 50 pounds spare!
I have spent many a night there, usually the "wrong" side when on early or late flights when i used to live in the uk. If you have t obe Landside, then head to terminal one, always less people there and the coffee shop is open 24 hours!
You can get to any of the terminals by the subway, or if using T4 then use the train!
U could go in to the city, for a few hours.
The underground train goes from every terminal, at the airport, to the city centre. Although, make sure u check what time the trains stop, in the night and start, in the morning, if u want to do this. I think they stop at 1AM and then start again at 6AM.