London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the UKƒ??s major airport . It is situated 24 kilometers west of London. It has five main terminals pathways connect the first three terminals while Terminal 4 and 5 can be accessed via an Express train service.
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Heathrow has multi-faith prayer rooms located in each of its five terminals. All of them cater to the needs of both male and female worshippers. The airportƒ??s chapel, situated centrally between Terminals 1,2 and 3, includes a multi-faith prayer room (open 07:30 - 20:00). One can reach the chapel by using stairs opposite the entrance to the Terminal 2 short stay car park. The multi-faith prayer room is located at street level, above the main terminal building. Jumuah Prayers are performed here at 13:00 on Fridays.
Multi-faith prayer rooms are also available at the following locations: Terminal 1: A prayer room is located in the departure lounge, near Gates 14. Terminal 2: A prayer room is located in the departure lounge, near Gates 18 and 19. Terminal 3: There are 2 prayer rooms, on the first floor in the arrivals area and after security control in the departures lounge. Terminal 4: There is a prayer room in the departures area, between Gate 1 and security control. Terminal 5: Multi-faith prayer rooms are also provided in Terminal 5, both before and after security. They are situated in the check-in area before security control, in the departures area near Gate 7, and in Terminal 5b.
However doing wudu is a challenge since it does not have proper facilities to wash your feet. The good news is there are "wudu stones" inside some prayer rooms so that you could do Tayammum (dry ablution). In addition, there is a mosque in Hounslow the journey from the airport can take around 15-20 minutes by taxi.
Surprisingly, given the number of Muslims living in and traveling through London, there are very few Halal dining options for Muslim travelers at Heathrow Airport. DDƒ??s Sandwiches are a well known supplier of kosher prepackaged sandwiches and the meats used are all halal. These are available in the Bite Caf?? in Terminal 3 Arrivals, as well as in the AMT Coffee Shops in Terminal 3 Arrivals, Terminal 4 Departures and Terminal 1 Departures. These come with a prominent 'Halal certified' logo.
Just a few minutes away from the airport in Hounslow West, the KFC serves halal chicken, as does the Nandos in West London (Hounslow). Sethƒ??s Spice Hut in Harlington (207-209 High Street) is certified halal, as are a number of other restaurants in the near vicinity including Khan Chachaƒ??s Pakistani restaurant (348 Bath Road Hounslow) and Mehak Asian Restaurant (104 Hanworth Road). Aside from these few restaurants very close to the airport, London has an enormous range of halal eating options.
There are many ways of traveling from Heathrow Airport to London and vice versa:
Coaches: National Express runs between London Heathrow Airport and London Victoria. The service is available at the bus station located between terminals 1,2 and 3, and is well sign boarded within the terminals. There are about 3 coaches per hour to and from London Victoria coach station. The journey takes between 35 minutes to 1 hour. There is a London hotel transfer service to and from Heathrow Airport called Dot2Dot. It offers modern air-conditioned minibuses with Wifi access on every seat to ensure that one needn't stop work during the journey. There are Dot2Dot desks in the arrivals area at Terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5. The service runs 24 hours a day.
Trains: Heathrow Connect train service operates between Heathrow airport Terminals 1,2 and 3 and Paddington, passing through five stations in west London. This journey takes 25 minutes, and operates every 30 minutes. Heathrow Express train service also operates four trains an hour, non-stop between the airport and Paddington station. This journey takes around 15 ƒ?? 20 minutes.
Tube: The Piccadilly Line links all Heathrow terminals with regular services to London. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 situated between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5, both located in the basements of the terminal buildings. It takes about 50 minutes to reach central London and services are available between 05:00 and 23:40.
Taxi: The journey time to central London via taxi is around 45-60 minutes and should cost between ?œ45 and ?œ70. Car rental services are also available at the airport.
One can enjoy a world class shopping experience at Heathrow, with retail shops, book stores, electrical outlets, souvenir shops and much more available in all five terminals. The majority of the shops are situated in the departures area of the terminal, after security control however there are a few available in Arrivals and Before Security as well.
There is also a range of popular duty-free outlets at London's Heathrow Airport, featuring a wide range of tax-free goods, including fragrances, cosmetics and skincare, electrical goods, fashion and accessories, jewelry and souvenirs.
Communication services are available for public use in each terminal at Heathrow, whether it be Internet, phone, fax or post facilities.
There are many ATMs and moneychangers located throughout the airport. Most ATMs accept UK bank and building society cards without surcharge. They also accept major credit cards.
In case of medical emergencies, there are emergency phones throughout the terminals, health centers with nurses available in each terminal, and several pharmacies. London Heathrow Airport also caters to the needs of disabled travelers. All terminals offer ramps, wider access pathways, telephones at a height accessible to wheelchair users, disabled toilet facilities and reserved seats for the disabled travelers in check-in areas.
There is a ƒ??Visitor Centerƒ? offering play areas and facilities for newly born babies and young children. Luggage storage and lost property services are also available at the airport.