London Heathrow is the U.K’s largest airport and is the busiest in Europe ranked by passenger traffic. Located just 20 miles west of London city centre, it is an ideal location to start your adventure in London. While London City is the main destination for arrivals to Heathrow it would be a shame to miss out on the world famous attractions in Heathrow Airport’s surrounding area.
The twin towns of Windsor and Eton are a short drive west of the airport. Visitors will be treated to a surreal English atmosphere that will evoke feelings of upper class grandeur upon seeing the school boys dressed in formal tailcoats wandering the streets of tiny Eton or watching the changing of the guard at the famous WIndsor Castle. Windsor town centre is home to a number of up market boutiques, grand cafes and trendy restaurants while Eton offers a number of antique shops and art galleries. Windsor Castle is a must see for any visitors in the area as it the largest and oldest occupied fort in the world dating back to William the Conqueror in the 11th Century. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is still very much a working royal palace today, home to around 150 people. The castle is used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions, including state visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. There are free guided and multilingual audio tours on offer at the castle.
For car lovers the London Motor Museum is located only a couple of miles north of Heathrow Airport and is home to one of the largest collections of both classic and custom automobiles in Europe. The collection dates back to the 1930s and includes gems such as a 1937 Auburn Speedster, a 1967 ‘Eleanor’ GT500, and a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr to name but a few. Exhibits include The Movie Car Section, The Bat-Cave (home to both the 1966 and 1989 Batmobile), Muscle Car Alley, The Supercar Paddock (home to some of the fastest cars in the world), and much more.
London City, only an hours drive away, is one of the world’s most visited cities. London has something for everyone, from history to culture, art and architecture. London’s nightlife is one of the most vibrant and exciting you’ll find in the world offering a huge variety of establishments to suit any taste. Chock full of restaurants that can supply any dish you could ever want, it surely is one of the top destinations in the world.
There are a host of world renowned attractions to visit in London. Take a trip on the London Eye to look over the entirety of the amazing London skyline. Alternatively visit The Shard, the tallest building in London, where visitors can enjoy the views from 800 feet above the busy London streets. Journey into Madame Tussauds and meet your favourite celebrities in wax form. Visit London’s reputed aquarium and come face to face with the aqua life on show or if you’re daring enough go snorkeling with the sharks that inhabit their facilities. Visitors can get a sense of what is to be royal by visiting Buckingham Palace and take the guided tour when available to the public.
The performing arts have a special home in London’s West End and throughout the city’s many boroughs. Visitors can attend world famous musicals, West End shows and cutting edge plays. No matter the night or time of the year theatre is a mainstay and an important aspect of life in London. Venues are plentiful in the city and one can find a variety of live music and live comedy on offer to suit their mood from huge concert halls to smaller intimate settings.
Art lovers continually return to London as it is home to some amazing collections housed in the many galleries across London. Whether you love Old Masters or modern art, contemporary sculpture or Impressionist paintings, London has an art gallery to suit you. The major art galleries of London include the Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern, Royal Academy of Arts and many many more.
This major city boasts one of the finest selections of eateries in the world. Whatever your taste London can provide. There are plenty of fine Michelin-starred restaurants. In the city streets it is the sheer diversity on offer that is extraordinary: from Afghan to Vietnamese, London is a virtual A to Z of world cuisine, and modern British cooking – often championing traditional ingredients such as smoked fish, root vegetables and game – is enjoying a renaissance.
London wouldn’t be the great city it is without offering the vibrant nightlife that calls the city home. Whatever the mood there is a drinking spot suited perfectly for it. Sun yourself on a rooftop bar, enjoy the view at a riverside pub, dress in high fashion for a stylish cocktail bar or watch your favourite team at a sports bar. For those looking to party long into the night they can venture in to the plethora of nightclubs found right across the city.
As with every other aspect of London there is a wide variety of shopping for every consumer need. Ranging from up market shops like Harrods, big London shopping centres like Westfield, and bargain fashions at London’s many markets. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot you will be catered for in London’s many shopping districts.
Europcar Heathrow Airport is a perfect location to start your adventure in London and its surrounding areas. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.