Visit London Blog » heathrow airport Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:11:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Hotel News: New Tune Hotel, A Giant Gingerbread House and New Build at Heathrow Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:45:11 +0000 This week, news of the first new hotel opening of 2012; a new Heathrow Airport hotel; and festive fun at London hotels…

New Hotel Openings in London

Visiting London on a budget? You’ll be pleased to hear that Tune Hotels is opening a second London property next year. The budget airline-style pricing has already proved popular at the Westminster property, where you pay for the room only and are charged for any extras, including towels, toiletries and breakfast. The new Tune Hotel in Liverpool Street is due to open on 4 January.

Another new hotel on the horizon, this time, near Heathrow Airport. Planning permission has been granted for a 583-bedroom, six-storey hotel opposite Hatton Cross station. The new-build is expected take around 18 months to complete.

Christmas Hotel Cheer!

London’s ho-ho-hotels are getting into the festive spirit. Here’s a few of our favourites:

  • Giant gingerbread house at The Langham: You can look but don’t touch The Langham’s giant gingerbread house, on display at the entrance to Palm Court – best viewed while enjoying the hotel’s Wonderland Afternoon Tea
  • Christmas carols at The May Fair: Head to The May Fair tonight for soulful performances by Hot Butter Soul Collective with 20 minute sets between 5pm and 7.40pm
  • Festive films at W London: The W London is screening Christmas classics throughout December. Book a lunch or afternoon tea there to claim your tickets
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McFly Turn on Heathrow Airport’s Christmas Lights Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:30:27 +0000 McFly: Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd and Danny Jones at Heathrow Airport McFly onstage at Heathrow Airport Tom and Dougie perform at Heathrow Airport

McFly put on pilot uniforms last night for the official switch-on of the Christmas lights at Heathrow airport.

The boys then surprised staff and passengers with a secret gig: possibly the first ever to be performed in an airport.

Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport, and McFly performed to a crowd of hundreds in Terminal 5 International Arrivals.

After switching on the lights, McFly serenaded passengers and staff with hits such as Party Girl and Shine a Light from their new album, Above the Noise, as well as old favourites, All About You and Star Girl.

The Heathrow Airport Christmas lights will remain on for the whole of the festive season. During that time, three million passengers are expected to fly through Heathrow. Nearly half a million will pass through the airport between Sunday 19 December and Friday 24 December alone.

Passenger John Casey said: “I just touched down from a 10 hour flight and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw McFly performing.  I’m a huge fan and have always wanted to see them live so this is better than any Christmas present.”

Malcolm Robertson of Heathrow said: “We’re delighted that McFly decided to join us for the official Christmas switch-on to mark the start of the holiday season.  Heathrow doesn’t stop for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the Christmas spirit to our passengers and staff.”

Did you see the special secret McFly gig? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pearly Kings and Queens Add Some Traditional London Magic To Heathrow Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:30:53 +0000

Did you arrive at Heathrow’s Terminal 1 on Sunday?

Then chances are, you were given a proper London welcome by a group of Pearly Kings and Queens, for a traditional cockney knees-up!

The Pearlies greeted passengers with the spoons and a good ol’ rabbit.

We’re told even the terminal announcements (normally broadcast in the best Queen’s English) were read in traditional rhyming slang:

  • Take care on the apples and pears
  • Saucepan lids are not permitted to ride on the baggage trolleys

Mike Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Heathrow, said, “We’re trying to bring some of London’s unique characteristics to Heathrow, to entertain passengers but also to show off some of the city’s history and its culture.”

William McCarthy arriving from Auckland said, “I have never seen anything quite like this; what a welcome to the UK!”

Pearly Queen of Islington, Phyllis Broadbent said, “We’ve never been to Heathrow before, it’s rather exciting! The Pearlies are a London tradition and this is London’s airport; now people arriving from all over the world have seen us!”

Did you see them? Let us know what you think of the Pearly party!

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Video of the Week: Merry Kissmas from Heathrow! Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:00:56 +0000

Head to the Heathrow Terminal 5 arrivals gate this Christmas, and you’ll be greeted by a huge piece of mistletoe!

The Christmas tradition for smooching under the plant is thought to have originated in Scandinavia, where the plant is a symbol of peace and harmony. London Heathrow has modernised the tradition with 50 feet of steel tubing and 25 stainless steel balls.

At 10ft by 8ft, this is the world’s largest piece of mistletoe. It took designers and engineers three weeks to construct and it weighs 43kg.

It’s hoped more than 3 million Christmas kisses will take place under the mistletoe over the coming month. Ahh.  To ensure no one misses out on the festive tradition, giant mistletoe is also being installed in Heathrow’s other terminals.

We think it’s a lovely idea. We’re wondering who you’d like to meet under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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