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Who says airports have to be boring? Love your layover is a series of articles aimed at uncovering the fun activities that Heathrow Airport has to offer. Instead of dreading the long waits between flights, make the most of your time by exploring Heathrow. You may be pleasantly surprised!
In this first instalment of our Love your layover series, we feature some of the most interesting shopping experiences Heathrow has to offer.
Given Heathrow’s sheer size and the number of retail outlets in the airport, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you are strolling through a shopping mall. But…we know you can shop at home too, and might be thinking, “Do I really need another dress, magazine or travel pillow?”
So if you’re looking to combine entertainment and shopping in one experience, why not visit one of these novel stores during your layover:
- Glorious Britain
This quintessentially British store boasts a wide range of souvenirs, including merchandise from British icons such as The Royal Family and The Beatles. Here you will find anything from British-themed keyrings, hats, t-shirts, and pens, to wallets, soft toys, baby clothes, and even pet toys. Even if you don’t walk out of this store with a single thing, the experience is sure to put a smile on your face.
Where to find them:
- Terminal 3 (before and after security): Opening hours: 05:30-last departing flight.
- Terminal 4 (after security): Opening hours 5:30-22:00.
- Terminal 5 (after security): Opening hours 5:30-last departing flight.
- World of Whiskeys
With over 250 whiskies to choose from, World of Whiskies is a treat for both the connoisseur and casual whiskey drinker.
The store offers limited edition, vintage, rare, and exclusive whiskies, as well as a wide range of single malts, single grain and pure malts, blends, and bourbons. You can even take your tastebuds on an adventure by trying out different whiskeys at their dedicated tasting bar, where expertly trained staff will assist you to find the perfect whiskey.
Where to find them:
- Terminal 2 (after security): Opening hours: 5:00-22:30
- Terminal 3 (after security): Opening hours: 6:00-22:00
- Terminal 4 (after security): Opening hours: 5:30-22:00
- Terminal 5 (after security): Opening hours: 5:30-last departing flight
- The Bookshop by WHSmith
Attention bookworms – this one’s for you. If you can think of nothing better than spending your layover getting lost in a world of books, look no further than The Bookshop.
The Bookshop is a far cry from the traditional WHSmith experience. Each store employs avid book-lovers with specialist knowledge to assist customers and make recommendations. There is also a strong focus on backlist titles, and the store offers a wide range of bestsellers in categories ranging from fiction and business, to children’s books and autobiographies.
Where to find them:
- Terminal 3 (after security): Opening hours: 06:00-22:00
- Terminal 4 (after security): Opening hours: 06:00-22:00
- Terminal 5 (after security): Opening hours: 06:00-22:00
- The Harry Potter Shop
If you wish your parents had sent you to Hogwarts, The Harry Potter Shop is the perfect layover stop for you. The store stocks themed items from J.K. Rowling’s works (including Merchandise from her West End hit Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two, and the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
For all your Harry Potter collectables, accessories, gifts, and apparel, this is your go-to place at Heathrow Airport.
Where to find them:
- Terminal 5 (after security): Opening hours: 05:30-22:00
If the above options don’t tickle your fancy, you could always take your kids to Hamley’s Toy Store (one of the most famous in the world), try some decadent macaroons and chocolates at L’Orchidee, or indulge in luxury caviar and champagne at Caviar House & Prunier.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll certainly enjoy a unique shopping experience at Heathrow Airport.
Lights, cameras…boarding passes!
When visiting Heathrow Airport, it’s easy to imagine that you’ve stepped into a movie scene. Flashbacks of Die Another Day might run through your mind, or, if you’re more romantically inclined, recalling the famous airport scene in Love Actually may make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Heathrow has proudly held the title of “World’s Second Busiest Airport” since 2014, and Hollywood casts and crews certainly contribute to this bustling international airport’s impressive title.
As a tribute to Heathrow’s buzzing atmosphere (and prestigious title), we’ve rounded up the top 3 action-packed Hollywood movies featuring famous British and Hollywood actors filmed at Heathrow Airport:
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
- Hollywood star: Tom Cruise
- British star: Emily Blunt
In this action-packed thriller, Major William Cage (Cruise) and Special Forces agent Rita Vrataski (Blunt) are tasked with fighting off an invading alien race. There’s only one catch – they are stuck in a time-loop, forced to relive the same battle and die over and over again…until they defeat the enemy.
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Hollywood star: Halle Berry
- British stars: Pierce Brosnan, Toby Stephens & Rosamund Pike
After escaping from a North Korean prison, James Bond (Brosnan) teams up with agents Miranda Frost (Pike) and Jinx (Berry) to stop millionaire villain Gustav Graves (Stephens) from deploying the Icarus satellite – a laser beam Graves intends to use to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarised Zone which would enable North Korean troops to invade South Korea.
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- Hollywood stars: Matt Damon & Julia Stiles
- British star: Paddy Considine
In the 3rd film in the Bourne series, British reporter Simon Ross (Considine) brings Bourne out of hiding by requesting to interview him about Operation Blackbriar (project Treadstone’s upgrade). Ross’s attempt to uncover the operation puts Bourne in jeopardy however, as their meeting discloses Bourne’s location to The Company. A chase ensues as The Company attempts to eradicate Bourne once and for all.
Not an action fan? Some other great Hollywood movies featuring British and Hollywood stars filmed at Heathrow include:
- Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
- Love Actually (2003)
- A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
- Green Street Hooligans (2005)
- Red Sparrow (2018)
- Last Chance Harvey (2008)
- Wimbledon (2004)
- And many more…
So keep your eyes peeled – next time you pass through Heathrow, you might just find yourself featuring as an extra in the next big Hollywood blockbuster.
If you’re looking to visit England odds are you’ll be arriving in our nation via one of the world’s biggest and busiest airports, Heathrow Airport (Also known as London Heathrow) is here to handle all of your travel needs as you arrive in the United Kingdom. No matter if you’re planning on staying in England or taking the Chunnel to get to France and the rest of Europe, or you’re planning on visiting the rest of the UK, making your way through Heathrow will almost assuredly be part of the adventure. Beginning as an airstrip in the 1920s Heathrow has grown and become one of the key international airports in the world.
When you visit Heathrow Airport you’ll have tons of dining options to allow you to fly on a full belly. With coffee shops from Café Nero to Starbucks offering all their trademark options for all your caffeinated beverage needs to plenty of British pubs that offer you beer and food in the style that the Brits are known. From restaurants overseen by Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal to juice bars that serve hot dogs, to top-end sushi you’ll find just about anything and everything when you’re looking for a meal at Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow Airport also had a massive amount of stores for all your shopping needs. You can find all sorts of duty free products for purchase as you wait for your flight to arrive. If you need your currency exchanged for trips abroad, or you are looking to get some British Pounds before heading into London you’ll be able to handle these exchanges with no problem at all at Travelex. If you’re looking for something to read on your flight the Bookshop by WH Smith will give you plenty of options from current best sellers, classics, to magazines and newspapers they have all the bases covered. Be sure to stop by the Harry Potter shop to get your kids all the Hogwarts themed souvenirs they’ve been begging you for. If you’re looking for some fun while you’re killing time check out Voyager Entertainment and enjoy some video games or try your luck on some fruit machines.
If you’ve more than a few hours before your flight you should stop by Windsor Castle and check out this incredible piece of British history. The site of the most recent Royal Wedding Windsor Castle has stood since the 11th century and while it’s been constantly renovated it still maintains much of that ancient history. Heathrow Airport offers transportation to and from Windsor Castle allowing you to plan your sightseeing trip without worrying about missing your flight.
If castles aren’t your thing you could always check out Legoland. This part has all sorts of rides and Lego-based displays for you and your family to enjoy. Try to get a high score on the Kingdom of the Pharaohs ride. Cool off on the rides on the Pirate Shores and take in all the different major cities in the world in miniature form at Miniland.
No matter what you’re planning on doing, Heathrow Airport is here to make your experience a positive one.
Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow is the second busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, as well as the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the seventh busiest airport in
the world by total passenger traffic.