Have a 9 hour layover in London Heathrow airport in April.. not a huge traveller, so what are some nearby popular attractions, or should i just check out the new "yotels" they have and sit and wait at the airport?
I wouldn't sit in the airport, particularly Heathrow! But so you don't stress, I'd just pick ONE thing to go and see and do that. Here are three I'd suggest based on my experience of such situations in London:
- TATE Modern (art)
- Paul Smith in Covent garden (shopping)
- British Museum (It's free, has spectacular history, and has a wonderful internal courtyard designed by Norman Foster with a cafe in) about 8 years ago
You have to leave the airport...it would be a shame not to.
Either jump on the tube (Piccadilly line which goes directly from Heathrow) and get off at:
Gloucester Road or South Ken (approx 30 minutes by tube) and go to the Natural History Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. Also hand for the Science Museum.
Knightsbridge if you want to go to Harrods and then maybe walk to Green Park (about 10 minutes away), mooch through the park and end up at Buckingham Palace. Then you could go up either Birdcage Walk or The Mall and end up at 10 Downing Street. Then walk down Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and go to the National Gallery.
Leicester Square and Covent Garden are great to sit and watch the world go by with lots of cafes and bars.
Or change tubes at Gloucester Road and jump onto the District or Cicle Line and get off at Westminster to go to Westminster Cathedral, cross over the bridge to the Aquarium and South Bank which always has something on and then a whizz on the London Eye.
Stay on the District or Circle line and end up at the Tower of London.
Alternatively, if you dont fancy sitting on a tube for around an hour, then hop onto the number 111 bus and head to Hampton Court. Its a wonderful palace on the river. If you fancy it, you can take a boat to Richmond and back. about 8 years ago