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Part of the busiest airport in the UK, handling millions of passengers every year, Heathrow Terminal 5 has everything on site to cater for its bustling customers, from art galleries to restaurants.
Forming part of the busiest airport in the UK, Terminal 5 at London Heathrow is able to handle 35 million passengers a year, and is dedicated solely to British Airways and Iberia flights.
The terminal has a comparatively long, 20-year history from the initial planning stages to finally being up and running in 2008. And the main site is a record breaker as the largest freestanding building in the UK.
Today, Terminal 5 sees millions of passengers walk through the doors each year, catering for every need with a huge range of restaurants, shops and hotels contained on the site itself, or within easy reach. And the rail and road links from the terminal are great, so you can easily hop across to London for the day if you have time to kill.
Exploring Terminal 5
If you’re looking for ways to spend a little extra time while you’re there, we’d definitely recommend checking out the art gallery. Set in the terminal itself, this gorgeous space is a whole world apart from the bustle of the airport itself, showcasing sculptures and art works, and complete with leafy, outdoor spaces.
There are other ways to unwind there too. You can pop across to Be Relax Spa for a massage or a beauty treatment, or browse through the terminals designer stores like Alexander McQueen and Burberry.
For those looking to escape the airport completely, you can nip across to London, perhaps take in the sights from the London Eye, or get a London Pass and discover some of the city’s best hotspots, galleries and museums. Or, for something slightly different, get over to Thorpe Park for a really fun day out.
Restaurants and hotels
To get the best views over the runway, it’s worth heading down to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Plane Food. That way you can combine an indulgent meal out with a sight to remember.
Other classy places include Fortnum & Mason The Bar, the perfect place for an aperitif, and Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar. But if you’re looking for a snack and a coffee in a relaxed setting, go to one of the terminal’s cafés like Costa Coffee or Café Nero.
There’s lots of choice for Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotels too, so you’ll be able to find the right place for you. More luxurious retreats include Sofitel London Heathrow and The Hilton Heathrow, both 4-star hotels at the terminal. And the Premier Inn, Hilton Garden Inn and Comfort Hotel are all comfortable and more affordable 3-star hotels nearby.