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London’s biggest international airport is almost like a small city, and could fairly be described as an ‘aerotropolis’. The village of Heathrow was levelled to make room for Terminal 3, but there are still several interesting villages and towns in the countryside surrounding the airport. There are also premium hotels in the Heathrow area, from brand names known the world over, to family-run establishments offering all the comforts of home.
Heathrow Airport is close to the historic market town of Feltham, in one of the greenest parts of Greater London. It has no fewer than three rivers, and boasts a traditional English country park. This pleasant area is actually part of Hounslow Heath, and as well as being able to enjoy the country air, the town also allows visitors to indulge in a bit of bargain hunting at its curio shops. There are also some first-rate small hotels in Feltham, where you can truly relax and enjoy the easy pace of this delightful part of rural England.
For the thousands of business travellers passing through Heathrow on their way to destinations around the world, the hotels here offer some of the most outstanding accommodation around. Within the Heathrow Airport complex you’ll find a vast range of excellent rooms and suites to suit all budgets, complete with top-notch dining options and facilities including meeting rooms and conference centres. Heathrow is a self-contained utopia for travellers of all descriptions, bound for London or further afield.
If you’re looking for a taste of the more traditional rural lifestyle, however, head for nearby Feltham and take advantage of its many bed & breakfast establishments. Some of the small, comfortable hotels here offer a real taste of English country living, especially in their menus. Packed with home-cooked dishes sourced from the surrounding farmland, you’re sure of a hearty welcome.
While you’re passing through Heathrow or staying at one of the many nearby hotels, don’t miss your chance to see the British Airways Heritage Collection. This museum has been around since BA was formed, and was built to house artefacts and records from former incarnations of the organisation, such as BOAC and BAA. The aircraft models, historic photographs and 130 uniforms (along with other memorabilia!) are a real treat.
Legoland Windsor Resort makes a fun and fascinating destination when you’re based in one of the Heathrow hotels, as it’s just 20 minutes by car from the airport. With more than 55 attractions and interactive rides, Legoland is an earthly paradise for kids. Awarded a Bronze Medal by the British Travel Awards 2012 as one of the best UK leisure attractions, children will have a whale of a time riding the rapids, embarking on underwater adventures and enjoying the Miniland Model Display of Star Wars. This family theme park also hosts driving schools, building workshops and many other brilliant attractions.