I have a 10-hour layover at Heathrow on my way to Prague. I was wondering:
1) Do you think it is safe enough to leave the airport? I am a naturally restless person, and fresh air will be a lifesaver for me. How much time should I budget coming back to check back in and everything?
2) Any suggestions for short things to do around the airport? Any nice sights?
Thanks! Happy travels.
It is definantly safe enough for you to leave the airport, I think its 2/3 hours that you need to be at the airport before departure so that it leaves enough time for check in etc. You could get a train/coach into London where there are hundreds of things to do, London Eye, museums, St Pauls etc. Lots of different options.
Get the tube into London - if you can afford it Heathrow Express (which has you into central London in a blink) and spend a few hours seeing the London sights. Im guessing there is BOUND to be a left luggage room in Heathrow which will cost a few pounds and then you can simply re-check back in rather than hanging around the transit area for 10 long hours!
U have plenty of time to leave the airport.
I was there, for 5 hours one time. I took the underground train, into the city, and stayed there for a couple of hours.
There is an underground train station, at every terminal of Heathrow.
U could get the underground to Covent Garden. That would be my choice. Or many of the other city centre attractions. Oxford Circus, tower of London, Buckingham palace etc.
It will take around 30 to 40 minutes to get back, to the airport. Leave the city centre 4 hours before your flight to Prague goes. That will leave u with plenty of time, even with all time consuming security checks they do these days. The only big pain is that u will have to change some money, to British Sterling, for a trip into the city. Change it at the airport, because u will need it, to buy the ticket for the underground.
Dont stay at the airport, when u have 10 hours to spare. The airport would be OK, if u only had 3 hours. That would be enough time for a coffee and some reading.
[ Edit: Edited on May 1, 2007, at 6:27 AM by Mel. ]