St. James' Hotel

Airport Search goes to London

Tower Bridge at night time – Courtesy London Partners

The Airport Search team is in London this week on a experience prepared with the aid of our friends at Gatwick Airport (LGW).

The mission?

Find out if it’s easy 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 different nearby locations. And find amusing activities.

As they say: tough process, however someone has to do it. And Airport Search is up for the task.

Here’s how our journey goes so far.

Seattle to New York

Our trip from our domestic base airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) turned into on JetBlue, to hook up with one in all JetBlue’s flights to Gatwick.

The airline starts offevolved service among Boston and Gatwick on August four, and we’ll be at the inaugural flight out of Gatwick. So stay tuned for info from that journey.

But first: the TWA Hotel

We chose an overnight layover at JKF in order that we could stay on the TWA Hotel, which is oh-so-simply connected to JetBlue’s T5 terminal through elevator and a purple-carpeted flight tube this is the ideal passageway to the Sixties.

The inn is constructed in the restored and reimagined Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK and has eating places, bars, retail outlets, and some fun 60s throwback activities in the lobby.

There’s an infinity pool on the roof (charges apply) and, out within the again on the ‘tarmac, there’s a Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A that has been converted right into a cocktail lounge. This summer, guests and site visitors can pass roller skating rink or experience bumper cars at the inn’s tarmac as nicely. (Fees observe).

You don’t need to be staying on the motel to enjoy the lobby and tarmac sports. And many sports, consisting of photograph ops in cool spaces, Twister, and lengthy-distance cellphone calls on unfashionable pay phones, are free.

Arriving at Gatwick Airport

The JetBlue flights to Gatwick Airport go away JFK at around 7:30 pm and land at Gatwick the subsequent morning at around 7:30 am. That method you can plan a complete day in the metropolis.

Our flight landed early, so I was happy Gatwick Airport had organized for me to rest and refresh at the onsite YOTELAIR London Gatwick Airport.

This become the primary YOTEL to open within the United Kingdom – way lower back in 2007 – and gives brief-remains (from 4 to eight hours) in very compact ‘cabins’ which are ideal for naps, a refresh after a long flight, or an overnight when you have a very early flight or past due arrival.

Each cabin is exceptional compact, with a mattress, toilet, small desk, WiFi, USB ports, temper lighting, smart TV, and a touch little bit of storage area. (You can also depart luggage on the the front desk, or ‘Mission Control.’)

I had the whole lot I wanted for a refresh or even discovered a small fold-out stool putting at the back of my cabin door just as I turned into leaving. Coffee, tea, and bottled water are complimentary on the front table and guests can borrow alarm clocks for wake-up calls. Meals may be ordered and introduced as properly.

Here’s a snap of Gatwick Airport’s mascot, Gary Gatwick, checking out the Yotel cabin. You’ll see more (lot’s extra) of him at some point of our London visit as he’s my travel associate for the week.

Gatwick to London in much less than 30 minutes

It’s always a delight to have an ‘aha’ second when journeying and learn about a device or provider that you recognise will trade your travel habits.

In the beyond, I’ve always arrived in London at Heathrow Airport and headed to town via the London Underground, known as the Tube. The new Elizabeth Line looks like its quickens the tour time, however within the past, the journey from Heathrow to significant London could take in to 45 mins and come to be very crowded because it got towards the city, especially in the course of rush hour instances.

But travelling from Gatwick Airport to London on the Gatwick Express become a long way simpler and manner greater fine.

The trip from the Gatwick Airport train station to Central London’s Victoria Station on the direct Gatwick Express become a 30-minute breeze.

I appreciated that that is a educate (now not a subway) and that the educate station is straightforward to get entry to, with a chief upgrade on the manner. Trains run each 15 minutes and vacationers can use an Oyster smartcard to pay for rides. Prices vary by time and sort however are discounted 10% while bought on-line or thru the app.

Trains from Gatwick additionally go to the Sussex coasts, for example, Brighton and Eastbourne.

It could had been clean to switch to underground Tube lines once I arrived at Victoria Station, but my hotel changed into an easy 10-minute stroll and along the way, I surpassed the Victoria Palace Theatre, in which Hamilton is gambling.

As I referred to, Gatwick Airport mascot Gary Gatwick is my tour guide this week, and he received a very enthusiastic welcome on the take a look at-in desk at the St. James’ Court.

Our agenda this week will include a number of touring in London, Brighton, and West Sussex – all places effortlessly handy from Gatwick Airport.

So please stay tuned as we trap up on our adventures every day. Have some suggestions on locations we have to go? Please add them to the remarks.