Airport review: Heathrow Terminal 5 London, England

Airport review: Heathrow Terminal 5 London England


BA249 to Rio De Janeiro business class


Getting to Heathrow from central London is either expensive or a drudge the Piccadilly line tube from St Pancras Station costs 5.10£ or 3.10£ off peak taking about an hour. At the same time it's 10.50£ for the 28 minute TFL Rail train from Paddington Station or a scandalous 22£ for the 15 minute Heathrow Express. Pre booked minicabs can cost about 30£ but you should expect to pay at least 50£ for an hour's taxi journey.

The bad thing about Heathrow is that it is shockingly connected to the rest of the country. To get there you need to go into central London then through it.


Terminal Five for the dedicated use of British Airways opened to a lot fanfare in 2008. Architect Richard Rodgers pulled off a 21st century internationalist look with a single undulating roof covering Britain's largest building. Floor to ceiling glass panes make it bright with good runway views but it could be anywhere.


The bank of touchscreens on entry designed for printing boarding passes before taking a few steps to the bag drop. There are a special family and special assistance check in counters as well a nice touch and queues are about as low as you will see in an airport. We have got just one faffy couple in front of us. On the previous experience says the procedure is efficient even on busy days.


Business passengers head through the fast track queue and in our case the whole process from emptying pockets to repacking bags takes about Ten minutes. Economy passengers are waiting in a queue for Ten to Fifteen minutes before unburdening into the trays.


Its is a decent bet for cheap Asian belly fillers like chicken udon noodles for 7.49£. Giraffe's Schtick is world cuisine with options like sriracha eggs and jerk chicken flatbread. Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food was a big deal when it opened and it does something really different with small plate options and a Two courses in 25 minutes deal for 24£.


There is the strange combination of prosaic British high street brands Dixon's electronics Boot's chemist WH Smith's newsagent duty free and international designer gear. It feels a little too blandly globalized although Glorious Britain will sell you tat such as teddy bears in Beefeater outfits and the Harry Potter Shop milks JK Rowling's boy wizard for all it can get.


There are a few art installations to take a nosey at and free wi-fi, but there's little above and beyond standard airport fare. If you want a massage in a chair then be relax will give you 15 minutes for 30£.



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