The Airport Search crew is in London this week on a journey organized by using our friends at Gatwick Airport (LGW).
Find out if it’s clean to land at Gatwick Airport on a flight from the U.S. See if it’s clean to take public transit to and from the airport to London, Brighton, and other close by locations. And locate fun activities.
As they are saying: difficult task, but a person has to do it. And Airport Search is up for the undertaking.
Here’s how our adventure goes to this point.
Seattle to New York
Our ride from our domestic base airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) changed into on JetBlue, to hook up with one in every of JetBlue’s flights to Gatwick.
The airline begins service between Boston and Gatwick on August four, and we’ll be on the inaugural flight out of Gatwick. So live tuned for information from that adventure.
But first: the TWA Hotel
We chose an in a single day layover at JKF in order that we ought to live at the TWA Hotel, that's oh-so-easily connected to JetBlue’s T5 terminal thru elevator and a purple-carpeted flight tube this is the correct passageway to the Sixties.
The lodge is built inside the restored and reimagined Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK and has restaurants, bars, stores, and a few amusing 60s throwback sports in the lobby.
There’s an infinity pool at the roof (fees apply) and, out in the returned at the ‘tarmac, there’s a Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A that has been converted right into a cocktail living room. This summer season, visitors and traffic can pass curler skating rink or trip bumper motors on the hotel’s tarmac as nicely. (Fees follow).
You don’t need to be staying at the motel to experience the lobby and tarmac activities. And many activities, together with photo ops in cool spaces, Twister, and lengthy-distance telephone calls on unfashionable pay telephones, are free.
Arriving at Gatwick Airport
The JetBlue flights to Gatwick Airport depart JFK at round 7:30 pm and land at Gatwick the subsequent morning at round 7:30 am. That means you could plan a complete day within the metropolis.
Our flight landed early, so I changed into satisfied Gatwick Airport had organized for me to rest and refresh on the onsite YOTELAIR London Gatwick Airport.
This become the first YOTEL to open within the United Kingdom – way back in 2007 – and offers quick-stays (from 4 to 8 hours) in very compact ‘cabins’ that are perfect for naps, a refresh after a long flight, or an in a single day if you have a totally early flight or past due arrival.
Each cabin is amazing compact, with a mattress, rest room, small desk, WiFi, USB ports, mood lighting fixtures, smart TV, and a touch little bit of garage area. (You also can depart bags on the front table, or ‘Mission Control.’)
I had the entirety I wished for a refresh and even located a small fold-out stool putting at the back of my cabin door simply as I become leaving. Coffee, tea, and bottled water are complimentary at the front table and guests can borrow alarm clocks for wake-up calls. Meals may be ordered and delivered as well.
Here’s a snap of Gatwick Airport’s mascot, Gary Gatwick, sorting out the Yotel cabin. You’ll see extra (lot’s extra) of him for the duration of our London visit as he’s my tour partner for the week.
Gatwick to London in less than half-hour
It’s always a satisfaction to have an ‘aha’ moment while visiting and find out about a device or service which you know will change your tour conduct.
In the beyond, I’ve continually arrived in London at Heathrow Airport and headed to city thru the London Underground, called the Tube. The new Elizabeth Line seems like its quickens the journey time, but within the beyond, the trip from Heathrow to principal London should absorb to 45 minutes and become very crowded as it were given in the direction of the town, particularly during rush hour times.
But touring from Gatwick Airport to London on the Gatwick Express became some distance less complicated and way greater first-class.
The trip from the Gatwick Airport train station to Central London’s Victoria Station at the direct Gatwick Express changed into a 30-minute breeze.
I preferred that this is a educate (now not a subway) and that the educate station is simple to access, with a chief improve at the way. Trains run each 15 minutes and travelers can use an Oyster smartcard to pay for rides. Prices range by time and kind but are discounted 10% while bought online or through the app.
Trains from Gatwick additionally go to the Sussex coasts, as an instance, Brighton and Eastbourne.
It might had been clean to switch to underground Tube lines once I arrived at Victoria Station, but my lodge turned into an easy 10-minute stroll and alongside the manner, I exceeded the Victoria Palace Theatre, in which Hamilton is gambling.
As I cited, Gatwick Airport mascot Gary Gatwick is my excursion manual this week, and he received a very enthusiastic welcome on the test-in desk on the St. James’ Court.
Our schedule this week will include loads of travelling in London, Brighton, and West Sussex – all locations effortlessly on hand from Gatwick Airport.
So please live tuned as we trap up on our adventures each day. Have a few hints on locations we need to cross? Please add them to the comments.