If you’re taking a long flight and find yourself with a layover in London, don’t just stay in the airport. Make plans to head towards the city centre and spend your spare time finding the best of what the Big Smoke has to offer!
Whether you have just a few hours or an entire day before your next flight, here are some ways in which you can enjoy a luxurious layover in London…
Eat at a Michelin Starred Restaurant
London is one of the best cities in the world for fine dining, with 67 restaurants that have been awarded the coveted Michelin star. So, you’re not short of choices for an upmarket fuel stop during your London layover.
Some of the newly-awarded Michelin starred restaurants include Endo at the Rotunda, an exclusive 15-seater Japanese restaurant serving luxurious grills and tempura, as well as new-style sushi and cocktails.
For a long-standing pinnacle of London’s restaurant scene, try Gordon Ramsey in Chelsea. Its legendary maître d’ Jean-Claude Breton has created intelligent and inventive dishes that make it a firm favourite for foodies in London.
Shop at Harrods
Harrods is the perfect place for last-minute gifts or souvenirs, or simply if you want to treat yourself before the final leg of your journey. It isn’t just a department store – it’s a landmark that is part of the fabric of London with over 190 years of history.
Located in the affluent area of Knightsbridge, Harrods exudes luxury. The stunning exterior, with its sophisticated lights and iconic sign, makes walking through the doors feel like a special occasion.
Inside, spread across seven floors is everything you could possibly want – fashion, homeware, technology and food. The entire fifth floor is dedicated to designer footwear and the renowned food hall serves a large selection of delicacies and wines from all over the world.
Explore the Surrounding Areas
If you find yourself with plenty of time during your layover and you’ve visited London many times before, consider catching a train to Cambridge to enjoy a brand-new experience.
Although it’s just a short journey away, there’s a significant change in pace and scenery. Cambridge is incredibly picturesque and reminiscent of a setting for a novel; join friends and couples punting on the River Cam, explore the beautiful botanic gardens at Cambridge University and admire architectural gems like the Bridge of Sighs.
It takes just 40 minutes to travel there from King’s Cross and it’s definitely worth your while if you want a short escape from London during your layover.
Whether you choose to enjoy a fine dining experience, visit an iconic landmark or explore a new city, you can add a bonus adventure to your trip by experiencing the very best of London during your layover.