If you’re planning a trip this December, why not VIP it up and enjoy a luxurious Christmas at Heathrow!
There’s no need to get buried in crowds of shoppers, or make do with a sandwich when you fly from Heathrow; with our handy tips to getting the most out of your trip you can sail though the terminal like a total A-lister and enjoy a slice of the high life before you fly.
APH has done the hard work for you; we’ve compiled our favourite time-saving, VIP-making tips; plus we’ve scoured World Duty Free for our Christmas gift guide, bringing you the best presents Heathrow has to offer so that you can relax and make the most of your luxurious Christmas at Heathrow.
Start with a hotel
Sitting in traffic on the M25 is no way to begin a relaxing holiday; skip the stressful commute and head to an airport hotel the night before your flight and you could be waking up feeling ready to take on the world just minutes from Heathrow. Read on for our top picks for a luxurious stay at Heathrow…
For blissful sleep: Heathrow Hilton T5
The rooms at the Hilton Terminal 5 are fully kitted out with soundproofing and blackout curtains to induce a blissful sleep, king size beds, free Wi-Fi, on demand movies you can watch on your flat screen TV, a mini bar, tea and coffee maker and room service. For the best night’s sleep before a flight, head to Imagine Spa where you can enjoy a relaxing treatment or unwind in the hydrotherapy pool.
For memorable dining: Radisson Blu Edwardian
Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe the décor at Trunk Bar and Restaurant, or the divine Bijou Bar over at Radisson BLU Edwardian; as you sip on a cocktail you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to more glamorous times.
For poolside glamour: Sheraton Skyline
Imagine reclining on a lounger in a tropical paradise, cocktail in your hand; the pool laps lazily at your feet as you drift off into a blissful sleep… As you stir you have to remind yourself that you are in the midst of Middlesex and a mere 15 minutes from Heathrow!
Add some VIP parking
To truly start your trip in style, skip the slow coaches from deepest darkest Middlesex and drive straight to the terminal where a fully insured and friendly chauffeur will be waiting to park your car for you!
Meet and greet is a drive-up and drop-off service that is designed for busy people who want to make the most of their time, so if you are weighed down with luggage or just want to get going in a hurry, this might just be the parking experience of your dreams!
Sprinkle in a little fine dining…
Eating at the airport doesn’t have to mean scoffing down a stale sandwich as you run to the gate… Fine dining has well and truly hit Heathrow; check out our suggestions for the best place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a delectable dinner.
La Salle; Terminal 2
The grand circular bar and classic French cooking help to bring a little piece of Parisian glamour to Heathrow’s Terminal 2.
Oriel Restaurant and Bar; Terminal 3
This classic French style brasserie serves up delicious steaks and French favourites in an elegant atmosphere.
Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar; Terminal 4
Dine on delicious seafood, like the three tiered Salmon Discovery, Caviar or fresh Rock Oysters, and wash it all down with fine champagne at this stylish seafood counter.
Gordon Ramsey Plane Food; Terminal 5
Featuring spectacular runway views, and food to match; enjoy a three course a la carte dining experience or if you’re looking to eat and run, grab one of their pre-packed picnics to go!
The Perfectionist’s Café; Terminal 2
The celebrity chef theme continues over at Terminal 2 with Heston Blumenthal’s very cool café. Enjoy firm favourites like fish and chips or indulge your sweet tooth at the nitrogen ice cream parlour.
…and finish off in a luxurious lounge!
Take the weight off your feet and head to No 1 Traveller at Terminal 3 where you can enjoy a little respite from the Christmas crowds. Relax into a comfortable sofa and read the paper, enjoy some serious snacking at the pantry table or catch up on the latest Hollywood blockbusters at the on-site mini-cinema.
Still feeling stressed? Why not book yourself into the handy day spa where you can enjoy a range of pampering treatments that will have you holiday ready and raring to get to the gate.
Christmas gift guide
We’ve rounded up the best Christmas gifts on offer at World Duty Free Heathrow so that you can plan your shopping splurge before you hit the airport…
1. ClarinsMen – Starter Set
- ClarinsMen After Shave Soother
- Super Moisture Balm
- Antiperspirant Deo Roll-On
2. Jimmy Choo – Man Set
- Jimmy Choo eau de parfum 100ml
- Body gel 100ml
- Shower gel 100ml
3. Molton Brown – Iconic Washes Set
- Black Peppercorn Body Wash 300ml
- Tobacco Absolute Body Wash 300ml
- Bushukan Body Wash 300ml
4. Hugo Boss – Chronograph Watch
This quartz powered watch features retrograde hand and a genuine leather strap.
1. BVLGARI – Women Miniatures Gift Collection
- Jasmin Noir Eau De Parfum 5ml
- Mon Jasmin Noir L’Eau Exquise Eau De Toilette 5ml
- Omnia Indian Garnet Eau De Toilette 5ml
- Omnia Amethyste Eau De Toilette 5ml
- Omnia Crystalline Eau De Toilette 5ml
2. Clarins – French Beauty Box Set
- Beauty Flash Balm 30ml
- Hydraquench Cream 30ml
- Tonic Body Oil 30ml
- Gentle Foaming Cleanser normal or combination skin 30ml
- Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 30ml
3. Guess – Avaitor Sunglasses
The perfect styled gift if you’re setting off somewhere hot for the Christmas period.
4. Nares – Narsissist Jetsetter Eye Cheek Lip Set
- 3 new Eyeshadow shades
- Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzing Powder
- Mini Lipgloss
5. Links of London – Essentials XS Chain Charm Bracelet
This subtle revision of the original classic silver charm bracelet is sleeker and slimmer, making it the perfect addition to any jewellery box.
1. British 12 Days of Christmas Tin
A great Christmas gift, filled with English fudge.
2. Anthon Berg – Chocolate Cocktails
£11.50 (2 for £18)
Perfect chocolate cocktail sharers.
3. Walkers – Special Edition Shortbread
Share some royal-themed shortbread over the festive period.
4. Godiva- Coeur Iconique Selection
Heart-shaped praline so you can share the Christmas love.
1. Bailey’s – Salted Caramel
£15.49 (Buy any two for £26.00)
2. Glenfiddich Vintage Cask
3. Smirnoff – Gold Cinnamon
4. Veuve Clicquot – Yellow Label Twin Pack