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London airports

Are you flying in and out of London for a break? Prepare to experience the busiest flight system in the world. Out of the five main London airports, the best known is Heathrow – it’s almost as iconic as Big Ben itself. But the others have lots going for them, too. London City Airport is closest to central London. Gatwick is friendly and has great facilities for holidaymakers. Stansted has easy connections to the capital, while Luton’s size makes it easy to get around – great should you need to transfer between flights. But how do you get to all the different London airports? And where are the best places to shop, eat and drink while you’re there? No need to wing it - our handy airport guides will make your airport visits plane sailing.

Heathrow


Located 14 miles west of the city, London’s busiest airport buzzes at the same frenetic pace as the capital itself. A whopping 75 million people use the airport a year, but friendly staff and great eating, drinking and shopping options will make your experience here much more enjoyable.

Gatwick


Thirty miles south of London, Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport. But with only two terminals compared to Heathrow’s five, it feels much more relaxed than its west London neighbour – and easier to get around. Rest assured though, Gatwick’s still packed with facilities.

Stansted


London’s third busiest airport is also its newest – Stansted was built in 1991. Situated in Essex, some 30 miles north west of London, facilities here have had a much-needed boost in recent years. A £50 million extension added in 2008 brought fab new shops and more comfortable waiting areas.

London City


It may be small, but what London City Airport lacks in size, it more than makes up for in comfort and convenience. Only six miles from the City of London, it’s quick and easy to get to from the centre, and getting through immigration and security is a breeze, too.

Luton Airport


At 25 miles north of the capital, Luton Airport has a reputation for not being quite as easy to get to as some of London’s other airports. But although you do have to take a shuttle bus from the main train station to the terminal, once you’re here there’s some good facilities – the lounge even has its own spa and sleep pods.

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