TWA Hotel at JFK

Airport Search is going to London

Tower Bridge at night time – Courtesy London Partners

The Airport Search crew is in London this week on a trip prepared by using our friends at Gatwick Airport (LGW).

The undertaking?

Find out if it’s easy to land at Gatwick Airport on a flight from the U.S. See if it’s easy to take public transit to and from the airport to London, Brighton, and other close by destinations. And find amusing activities.

As they are saying: tough process, but someone has to do it. And Airport Search is up for the challenge.

Here’s how our adventure is going to this point.

Seattle to New York

Our experience from our domestic base airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was on JetBlue, to connect with one among JetBlue’s flights to Gatwick.

The airline starts carrier between Boston and Gatwick on August four, and we’ll be on the inaugural flight out of Gatwick. So live tuned for details from that adventure.

But first: the TWA Hotel

We selected an overnight layover at JKF so that we ought to live at the TWA Hotel, that is oh-so-effectively linked to JetBlue’s T5 terminal thru elevator and a red-carpeted flight tube this is an appropriate passageway to the 1960s.

The lodge is constructed within the restored and reimagined Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK and has eating places, bars, shops, and a few a laugh 60s throwback activities inside the foyer.

There’s an infinity pool on the roof (prices practice) and, out within the again on the ‘tarmac, there’s a Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A that has been transformed right into a cocktail living room. This summer season, guests and traffic can pass curler skating rink or experience bumper cars on the motel’s tarmac as well. (Fees observe).

You don’t want to be staying at the hotel to revel in the foyer and tarmac sports. And many activities, consisting of photo ops in cool spaces, Twister, and lengthy-distance telephone calls on retro pay telephones, 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 following morning at around 7:30 am. That means you could plan a complete day in the metropolis.

Our flight landed early, so I become glad Gatwick Airport had arranged for me to relaxation and refresh at the onsite YOTELAIR London Gatwick Airport.

This become the primary YOTEL to open in the United Kingdom – manner lower back in 2007 – and offers short-stays (from four to 8 hours) in very compact ‘cabins’ that are perfect for naps, a refresh after a protracted flight, or an overnight when you have a very early flight or late arrival.

Each cabin is extraordinary compact, with a mattress, lavatory, small table, WiFi, USB ports, mood lighting fixtures, clever TV, and a touch bit of garage area. (You can also leave baggage at the the front table, or ‘Mission Control.’)

I had everything I wished for a refresh and even determined a small fold-out stool putting at the back of my cabin door just as I was leaving. Coffee, tea, and bottled water are complimentary on the the front table and visitors can borrow alarm clocks for wake-up calls. Meals can be ordered and delivered as properly.

Here’s a snap of Gatwick Airport’s mascot, Gary Gatwick, finding out the Yotel cabin. You’ll see more (lot’s more) of him in the course of our London go to as he’s my tour accomplice for the week.

Gatwick to London in much less than 30 minutes

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

In the beyond, I’ve constantly arrived in London at Heathrow Airport and headed to metropolis thru the London Underground, referred to as the Tube. The new Elizabeth Line seems like its hurries up the travel time, but within the past, the ride from Heathrow to valuable London should take up to forty five minutes and end up very crowded because it got in the direction of the metropolis, specially at some stage in rush hour instances.

But visiting from Gatwick Airport to London on the Gatwick Express become some distance less complicated and manner greater exceptional.

The ride from the Gatwick Airport teach station to Central London’s Victoria Station at the direct Gatwick Express became a 30-minute breeze.

I liked that that is a teach (not a subway) and that the educate station is simple to get admission to, with a major upgrade at the manner. Trains run every 15 mins and travelers can use an Oyster smartcard to pay for rides. Prices range by means of time and sort but are discounted 10% whilst purchased on line or through the app.

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

It might were easy to switch to underground Tube strains once I arrived at Victoria Station, but my inn changed into an smooth 10-minute walk and alongside the way, I handed the Victoria Palace Theatre, where Hamilton is playing.

As I stated, Gatwick Airport mascot Gary Gatwick is my excursion manual this week, and he received a completely enthusiastic welcome at the take a look at-in table at the St. James’ Court.

Our time table this week will encompass numerous travelling in London, Brighton, and West Sussex – all locations without difficulty handy from Gatwick Airport.

So please stay tuned as we catch up on our adventures every day. Have a few recommendations on locations we ought to pass? Please add them to the remarks.

Off to Gatwick. But first, bumper car rides at JFK

Airport Search is heading to London nowadays for every week-long journey prepared via airport mascot Gary Gatwick and his pals at Gatwick Airport (LGW), who suspect that now not that many Americans don’t recognise the airport is simply half of an hour from downtown London by means of specific teach. Or that gin is distilled at the airport. (Stay tuned for that…)

Our journey to London begins in Seattle with an instantaneous flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on JetBlue and an overnight on the very hip, top notch unfashionable, landmark TWA Hotel.

We’re searching ahead to hanging out within the Sunken Lounge, taking a dip in the rooftop infinity pool with runway perspectives, visiting the Twister Room, and traveling the onsite museum about TWA’s records and the Jet Age.

And, of path, we’ll have a cocktail or in the Lockheed Constellation “Connie” that has been transformed right into a cocktail living room.

We missed out at the roller skating rink the inn had on its tarmac, but we're pleased to see that bumper car rides are actually offered instead on a race route close to the Connie cocktail front room.

Cars have names like Hammer Time, The Bumpty Dance, Nervous Wrecker, and One Hit Wonder. And function Fridays from four to 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to eight pm. Which is perfect for our day-long layover.

Ride classes are $20 for adults and $16 for children below age 12. No reservations are available; it’s first come, first served until November 2022.

Maybe we’ll encounter you there.

Roller skating is lower back at JFK’s TWA Hotel

Fans of curler skating, amusing at-the-airport activities, and the landmark TWA Hotel at JFK Airport (i.e.: everyone) could be searching ahead to the go back of the motel’s unfashionable-style curler skating rink.

The Roll-A-Rama on the Runway Rink opens for the season on April 15.

The checkered rink is positioned by way of the inn’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” aircraft/cocktail front room and is made up of 2,668 tiles.

The rink will open to the general public on weekends handiest, climate allowing, thru November 22.

Hours for skating will be Fridays from four to eight PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 8 PM.

50-minute skate classes will value $20 for adults and $16 for youngsters below 12. The rate includes use of a couple of antique-style four-wheeled “quad skates” (patented in 1863).

If you have got your personal curler skates, you are welcome to convey them alongside.

If you’re making plans to go, word that admission to the rink can simplest be purchased through credit score card and is first-come, first-served; no boost tickets are available.

And because that’s the way they roll, the TWA Hotel group shared a few remarkable roller skating factoids. Note that you may burn 350 calories in an hour of roller skating, so move in advance and feature a unfashionable cocktail inside the Connie.

Roller skating at JFK Airport? Yup, at the TWA Hotel

Air journey is returned on, however what about a laugh activities at airports?

That’s returned on too. At least at New York’s JFK Airport, where the TWA Hotel adjacent to Terminal 5 is running a summer season roller rink next to the inn’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” plane.

A 50-minute skating session expenses $20 in step with grownup and $16 for kids 12 and includes the skate leases, even though you may bring your personal. Helmets are to be had for hire. The rink is wiped clean among every consultation.

Sound like some thing you need to do? The TWA Hotel’s Roll-A-Rama ( brilliant name, right?) is open Fridays from 4 PM to eight PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM to 8 PM.  Tickets are on a first come, first served foundation and ability may be restricted.

To help you get in the mood, right here are a few ‘by using the numbers’ factoids approximately curler skating put together by the TWA Hotel.

“Runway Chalet” now at JFK’s TWA Hotel

The 512-room TWA Hotel throughout the road from the JetBlue terminal at JFK Airport tempts tourists with a unfashionable foyer entire with clacking flight board and the Sunken Lounge foyer bar.

Through February, the motel has an ice-skating rink set up out returned, proper next to the 1958 Lockheed Constellation Connie airport-grew to become-cocktail living room. (Skating rate: $15/adults; $10 children under 12; skate apartment: $10 adults/$8/kids; two loose ice-skating suggests each evening).

Now there’s every other motive to prevent by means of the lodge before or after a flight:

The Runway Chalet, a 1960s fashion ski lodged-themed bar, has landed on the hotel’s rooftop pool.

The tented and heated ‘chalet’ is embellished with vintage skiing tools and a retro ski motel style fireside.

The menu consists of chocolate or cheese fondue, burgers and different gadgets even as the cocktail list consists of concoctions which include the Idlewild Hot Toddy (Sailor Jerry rum and hot cider, with a cinnamon stick) and The Weather Delay (Belvedere vodka, warm chocolate and marshmallows).

Both the chalet and the rooftop infinity pool (heated to ninety five stages and known as a ‘pool-cuzzi’) offer views of JFK’s Runway four Left/22 right.

No want to be a checked-in guest to go to the Runway Chalet at the TWA Hotel’s Pool Bar, that's open from 11 am to eleven pm day by day.

Doesn’t this sound greater amusing than looking forward to an extra hour or on the gate?