The Layover: London Heathrow

A wide shot of the new terminal ...
... Heston Blumenthal in front of his new offering ...
... and the John Lewis airport outlet.

The New-Look Terminal 2

$3.13 billion later, it's four times the size of Buckingham Palace. Where should you eat, shop, and drink?


The new Terminal 2 – the Queen’s Terminal – replaces an original 1955 structure with a $3.13 billion project
four times the size of Buckingham Palace. The eco-friendly concourse houses 33 shops, 17 restaurants,
and 28 gates serving mostly Star Alliance carriers.

Where To Eat
Inspired by his TV series In Search of Perfection, chef Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionists’ CafĂ© is the spot for house-ground burgers and liquid-nitrogen-frozen ice cream. The Gorgeous Kitchen showcases the global tastes of four well-known female chefs, including Gee Charman, formerly of Kensington Palace.

Where To Shop
Upscale High Street department store John Lewis has opened its first-ever airport outlet. Other British boutiques include Cath Kidston, known for vintage-inspired accessories, and Ted Baker. Contact Heathrow’s complimentary personal shoppers pre-trip and have stylists’ picks waiting for you in the Personal Shopper Lounge.

Where To Indulge
The classic pub London’s Pride by Fuller’s pours an exclusive-to-Heathrow brew, Wingman. In addition to local ales, artisan gins, and organic ciders, the family-friendly Flying Chariot by JD Wetherspoon offers fixed telescopes for plane-spotting.

Originally appeared in September 2014 issue of Virtuoso Life. 

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