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any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by hsp76

hi guys, I'm transiting thru London/Heathrow during my trip. I have more then 4 hours between flights. Do you think there is the chance for my to travel underground from heathrow to the city center - spend there an hour and get back to the airport withing these 4 hours?

Other point is that I'm not sure which station should I get out in order to land in the real hart of the city.

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by carteki

mmm, 4 hours.. that is just about enough time to land, get your bags, go through customs, recheck your bags, go through security and run like hell to catch your plane ... sorry, but that is heathrow for you.

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by leics

No chance whatsoever, sorry.

Your landing time is when you touch ground. Then it will be at least 10 minutes before you leave the plane. You can't expect to be outside the airport (even if your luggage is checked-through) much less than an hour after landing and possibly more.

Check-in closes at least 40 minutes before departure, quite possibly more. Heathrow is huge and hugely busy; getting through check-in and security can take a very long time. It's best to allow at least 2 hours before departure.

The Heathrow Express train journey to London takes 15 minutes or so. Tube takes 45.

You will barely have time to arrive in London before you have to turn round and come back again, and it is simply not worth risking even if your bags are checked through. Sorry.

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by hsp76

Thanks for answers - looks like it's just not enough time :/
well - maybe next time then...

Talking about express train - is it possible to buy tickets just on the station or should I make online reservation for some reason?

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by hayleyoz

Hi there,

Unfortunately the other guys are right - it's really not enough time to go into London, I think you'll miss your connecting flight if you try.

Having said that, you can purhcase your Heathrow Express tickets onboard, but it is cheaper to buy it from the ticket machine at the station:

Enjoy your trip!

Hayley :)

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by leics

Should you decide to risk this (and I really, really would not advise you to do so) then you should know that the Heathrow Express arrives at Paddington Station. From there you will need to take the Tube or bus to see any 'major' sights e.g. Big Ben.

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by Manara

No need for a reservation on the Heathrow Express. Buying the ticket is extremely easy, there's a ticket office in the airport, plus machines in various places. Last time I was in London in Terminal 5 there was a lady standing in the middle of the corridor at arrivals, selling the tickets by means of a hand-held machine: she swiped my card, printed my ticket and voila!

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by paulinuk2u

go and look around the new british airways terminal,thats all i could suggest,its quite?interesting

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by hayleyoz

That's a really good point about checking out Terminal 5. From certain vantages you can get a really good view aircraft coming and going from all over the world. Not a bad way to pass some time :)

Re: any chance to visit london having just 4 hours?

by leics

Agree. It's interesting modern architecture too, although most of the shops/restaurants are airside and thus inaccessible to the casual visitor.

Travel Tips for London

Big Bus Tour Company

by Gypsystravels

Touted as bringing London's history into "colorful dramatic life" The Big Bus Tour is one of the best ways to see London if you are short on time. With three different colored routes, (the green line is a short ride basically linking the red and blue lines) you get an excellent overview of the major sites. The longest of the two, the blue line, takes approxamitely 2 hours to complete the full route where you'll see Kensington Gardens and Kensignton Palace, Regents Park, Oxford and Piccadily Circus, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Parliment Square, London Aquarium, St. Paul's Southwark Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London (just to name a few). Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any given stop for a close up-look or to switch to the red or green lines. Your ticket price includes free River Thames Cruise and a walking tour.

Can't recall the price, but take a peek at their website, and go out and conquer London. I enjoyed riding on the top of the bus, even though it was a bit frigid, and pointing out the various sites to mom and Kris.

Ride a double-decker Bus!

by J.I.M

London, is well known for its double decker buses, and if it's your first time here then it's definitely worth riding one, especially if it's an open-top one! There are many arranged tours that can be taken on board one of these buses, and are a great way to be introduced to the city.

Canary Wharf

by yellowstar

Canary Wharf is a no longer deserted area of London. Office buildings as in Frankfurt or New York are/were built here and many investment banks and associated firms are settling in this area. If you get to get in one of the skyscrapers, the view over London is marvellous. You can see Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The Big Wheel, etc. from up there.

The little red call box

by Jenniflower

The ever-familiar red phone booths in London are yet another red icon for London.

I was surprised when I read that they weren't intended to be red, but a silver colour, with a blue-green interior!

Quite the opposite to what it is today! Another interesting bit of information is that they are protected as a listed 'building'.

On Lower Regent Street you will find 2 black phone booths next to eachother, about 20 metres from Picadilly Circus - there are only a few of these left in London today.

No, I'm looking for Leicester Sq., not Lester Sq.

by bzh

Visitors can be extremely confused by the way some of the well known landmarks are pronounced. English is not a language where pronunciation rules are obvious to start with and some words, in particular local place names have evolved an even more confusing pronounciation over time. Here are a few examples that you are likely to be confronted to.

The name of town of Leicester is pronounced by dropping the 'ce' syllable resulting in a word that sounds like "Lester". Hence Leicester Square is pronounced "Lester Square". The same goes for other names like Gloucester (Glouster) or Worcester (Worster).

Petersborough is pronounced "Pittsburg", like the town of the same name in the US. However, Peterborough, without the 's', is pronounced as you would expect.

Greenwich is pronounced by dropping the 'w', resulting in "Greenitch".


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