Victoria Station

Airport Search is going to London

Tower Bridge at night – Courtesy London Partners

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

The assignment?

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

As they are saying: difficult activity, however someone has to do it. And Airport Search is up for the project.

Here’s how our journey goes to date.

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) became on JetBlue, to connect with one in every of JetBlue’s flights to Gatwick.

The airline starts offevolved provider between Boston and Gatwick on August four, and we’ll be at the inaugural flight out of Gatwick. So stay tuned for information from that adventure.

But first: the TWA Hotel

We selected an in a single day layover at JKF in order that we ought to live at the TWA Hotel, which is oh-so-without problems related to JetBlue’s T5 terminal via elevator and a pink-carpeted flight tube that is the ideal passageway to the Nineteen Sixties.

The inn is built in the restored and reimagined Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK and has restaurants, bars, stores, and some amusing 60s throwback sports inside the lobby.

There’s an infinity pool on the roof (fees practice) and, out inside the lower back on the ‘tarmac, there’s a Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A that has been converted right into a cocktail lounge. This summer time, visitors and site visitors can pass curler skating rink or experience bumper cars at the lodge’s tarmac as well. (Fees follow).

You don’t want to be staying on the inn to enjoy the foyer and tarmac activities. And many sports, inclusive of picture ops in cool areas, Twister, and lengthy-distance cellphone calls on retro pay phones, are loose.

Arriving at Gatwick Airport

The JetBlue flights to Gatwick Airport leave JFK at round 7:30 pm and land at Gatwick the subsequent morning at round 7:30 am. That way you can plan a full day in the town.

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

This turned into the primary YOTEL to open within the United Kingdom – way lower back in 2007 – and gives brief-stays (from four to eight hours) in very compact ‘cabins’ that are ideal for naps, a refresh after a protracted flight, or an overnight when you have a very early flight or overdue arrival.

Each cabin is brilliant compact, with a bed, bathroom, small table, WiFi, USB ports, temper lights, smart TV, and a touch bit of storage space. (You also can leave luggage on the front table, or ‘Mission Control.’)

I had everything I needed for a refresh or even located a small fold-out stool putting on the again of my cabin door just as I changed into leaving. Coffee, tea, and bottled water are complimentary at the front desk and visitors can borrow alarm clocks for wake-up calls. Meals may be ordered and brought as nicely.

Here’s a snap of Gatwick Airport’s mascot, Gary Gatwick, sorting out the Yotel cabin. You’ll see greater (lot’s more) of him for the duration of our London visit as he’s my journey associate for the week.

Gatwick to London in less than 30 minutes

It’s usually a pleasure to have an ‘aha’ second while travelling and study a device or carrier that you realize will trade your journey behavior.

In the beyond, I’ve usually arrived in London at Heathrow Airport and headed to town through the London Underground, referred to as the Tube. The new Elizabeth Line looks as if its speeds up the travel time, however within the beyond, the journey from Heathrow to significant London should soak up to forty five minutes and become very crowded because it got in the direction of the metropolis, specifically all through rush hour times.

But journeying from Gatwick Airport to London at the Gatwick Express changed into some distance simpler and manner extra fine.

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

I liked that this is a train (no longer a subway) and that the train station is easy to get admission to, with a chief upgrade on the manner. Trains run every 15 mins and travelers can use an Oyster smartcard to pay for rides. Prices vary with the aid of time and type but are discounted 10% when bought on line or through the app.

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

It might were clean to switch to underground Tube lines as soon as I arrived at Victoria Station, but my inn turned into an smooth 10-minute stroll and alongside the way, I handed the Victoria Palace Theatre, wherein Hamilton is playing.

As I mentioned, Gatwick Airport mascot Gary Gatwick is my tour manual this week, and he received a totally enthusiastic welcome on the check-in desk at the St. James’ Court.

Our time table this week will encompass quite a few traveling in London, Brighton, and West Sussex – all places easily handy from Gatwick Airport.

So please live tuned as we catch up on our adventures each day. Have a few suggestions on places we should cross? Please upload them to the remarks.