A major international airport in west London, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom. The airport isn’t really a tourist sight but in case you need to while away a few hours, we bring to you a round-up of what all you can do to make the best use of your time. There are numerous charming places within quick reach of the airport that are worth a visit.
Where: Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4 1NJ, United Kingdom
When: Open on all days from 9:45 AM – 5:15 PM
About: Connected to the Heathrow by the 71 or 77 bus (Terminal 5), Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror. It is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire and has long association with the English and then the British royal family. The architecture of Windsor Castle is exemplary. Ceremonies of the Order of the Garter take place here!
You can also take a walk in the Windsor Great Park and enjoy looking at beautiful trees and the castle across.
If there’s more time in hand, take a tour of Britian’s Eton College and have a look at the Chapel, wall paintings and a miniature King’s College Chapel with Gothic windows.
Little India in Southall
Where: 1094 &1094A Uxbridge Road, Middlesex, Hayes UB4 8QH, United Kingdom
Experience a taste of Indian culture in London. The vibrant Indian culture of Southall will mesmerise your senses. You can shop for lovely fabrics or visit Jas musicals and buy a table.
Food lovers can pick from an exhaustive range of food items. Buy a delectable piece of samosa or indulge into some rasgullas! There is a great choice of curries too.
You can also go to the Sikh Gurudwara in Havelock Road.
Village life in Denham and Stoke Poges
A charming and picturesque village, Denham houses a wide range of array of traditional pubs. You’ll require a car or a cab for this trip. The drive is an expedition into ancient England. The pubs with low ceilings and panelled walls look very charming.
Go to The Swan at the local Rebellion Brewery’s ale. Don’t forget to take a walk across the golf club for a delightful time. Lead to the Royal Standard of England near Beaconsfield in case you want to find a gem of a pub.
Enjoy an excellent selection of beers from craft breweries and a delectable selection of food.
Go a little further and you reach Stoke Poges, the place has a beautiful flint-built church. The church also has an incredible peculiarity – the ‘bicycle window’ of 1634 which shows a naked trumpet-playing girl riding a Renaissance bike.
Hampton Court Palace
Where: East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU, United Kingdom
When: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM on all days
Characterised by the classical architecture of Christopher Wren, the spiral chimneys, rich tapestries, formal gardens, medieval charm and grand paintings, Hampton Court Palace is a must-visit. Catch a bus from Heathrow – Number 111. You also have an option of taking a riverboat to the palace if you are coming from central London.
When: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY, United Kingdom
12 miles from Heathrow, Legoland is a nice way to use a spare day or a few hours. The theme park and hotels are located at a distance of 3.2 miles from Windsor Castle.