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London.. A long layover

Friday, September 8, 2017
London.. A long layover

If you’ve never been to London and happen to have an extra-long layover at Heathrow airport, make the most of it by getting out to the city and explore. Here are some tips on how to have a successful London layover tour and what to explore.:


Yes Heathrow is a one of the busiest airports in the world, so make sure you have a moderately long layover (8 to 12 hours), if you choose to go out and explore as it could take 2 to 3 hours from getting off the plane, through immigration and then to central London on a good day.

How to get to central London?

Once you’ve decided to head into town, you can check in your luggage securely at the airport for a fee and get an all zone day travel card for around 12 pounds which will allow you get on and off as many trains as you like as well as the iconic red double Decker bus. The airport is connected directly to the tube network, so you’ll hopefully be able to see a big chunk of Greater London in a very short space of time. Take the tube, which will be approximately 1 hour or take the Heathrow Express  (cost around 35 pounds), which is roughly 20 minutes to Paddington. For the non-express route from Heathrow get off at South Kensington station and switch to the either the District line or Circle line. Get off at Westminster station which will bring you right in front of the Big Ben. If you’re like me, this will give you a big ‘Wow! I’m in London!’ moment. Walk on Westminster Bridge for the view along the Thames river and of London eye all of which are great photographic opportunities. On the opposite side, there is Parliament Square where you will see the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

The area that contains the top London sights is relatively small and walk able. Pick up a map from a store or use your phone’s GPS to help you navigate. This central location is within 10-15 mins walk from Trafalgar Square, the Mall, Covent Garden, The Thames and London Eye & lots of other quintessential London attractions. After all this if you still have time you can walk further straight down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, or you can deviate via the beautiful St James’s Park and walk alongside the lake to the Palace. Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the reigning British Monarch, after Windsor Castle, the actual home residence.

You can also take the boat trip or city cruises down the Thames to Tower Bridge or walk across the bridge, I love the city cruises as you get to hear the commentary about all the building & the sights on the river. Either way you will end up seeing London’s famous & iconic Tower Bridge.

After all that exploring, don’t forget to indulge yourself with some fish & chips before heading back to airport!

Here are some LONDON shots from my iphone :

THAT VIEW.. shot by Femsta
GOOD BYE LONDON … beautiful shot by femsta.

They say  in LONDON everyone is different,  that means everyone can fit in.. you have one life don’t waste at airport, Go explore..




Farida Israil

Travel & lifestyle blog


  1. Bztang says:

    Such a cool idea!

  2. Geotvia says:

    I’m glad you had time to enjoy London!!! 🇬🇧🇬🇧

  3. Liss Myrås says:

    London is really awesome to visit.. nice photos!

  4. Derek says:

    What amazing pictures you captured! I visited London in April and this took me back! I totally remember hearing Big Ben ring and thinking the same thing – so quintessential London. Bravo!

  5. Cristina says:

    I am seriously in love with London! I read your article with enormous pleasure and I cannot wait to go back! P.S. Great pictures!

  6. Nuriarose says:

    You presented us some wonderful ideas! I love London before, but with your Article. I’m loving it even more. You have captured some really amazing photos.

  7. Tara says:

    Very nice shots. Where were you when you shot image number 3? The roof of the hotel?

  8. Pietro says:

    I miss London so much! Thanks for all the advices and tips I will remember the next time I will be there. 🌏🌍🌎

  9. Radif Rahman says:

    I love to travel and London is my dream city, thanks for sharing your experience. Loved to read the post.

  10. Jamie says:

    These are great pics! Making me want to go back soon! Last time I was there I didn’t get to see all the sights- thanks for the travel guide!

  11. Kristen Jauregui says:

    This article is brilliant. I haven’t been to London in over 10 years and I’m dying to go back. Definitely saving this article!

  12. Danielle @ The Wanderlover says:

    Amazing photos! This really captures the essence of London it’s such a lovely city!

  13. Taima says:

    Such a great post. Very useful information. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Stephanie says:

    Really helpful thank you for the tips…wants to go to London soon 🙂

  15. Laura says:

    I love London, is one of my favorite cities in the world. Thanks for the tips

  16. Saint Facetious says:

    Though I love London, the only way I’d get out of Heathrow is if I had an overnight. It’s just so much trouble. I hate that airport. Though it’s always amused me that they have condom dispensers in the bathrooms, those Brits must be a bit optimistic about flying!

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