Airport Search is going to London

Tower Bridge at night – Courtesy London Partners

The Airport Search crew is in London this week on a experience organized through our friends at Gatwick Airport (LGW).

The project?

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 destinations. And locate amusing things to do.

As they are saying: hard task, however someone has to do it. And Airport Search is up for the challenge.

Here’s how our journey is going thus far.

Seattle to New York

Our experience from our home base airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was on JetBlue, to hook up with one in every of JetBlue’s flights to Gatwick.

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

But first: the TWA Hotel

We selected an in a single day layover at JKF so that we ought to live on the TWA Hotel, which is oh-so-without difficulty linked to JetBlue’s T5 terminal through elevator and a red-carpeted flight tube this is the suitable passageway to the 1960s.

The hotel is constructed inside 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 sports in the foyer.

There’s an infinity pool at the roof (expenses apply) and, out inside the again at the ‘tarmac, there’s a Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A that has been transformed right into a cocktail lounge. This summer season, guests and traffic can pass curler skating rink or trip bumper motors at the motel’s tarmac as nicely. (Fees practice).

You don’t need to be staying at the lodge to revel in the foyer and tarmac sports. And many activities, together with image ops in cool spaces, Twister, and long-distance cellphone 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 following morning at around 7:30 am. That method you could plan a full day inside the city.

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

This turned into the first YOTEL to open within the United Kingdom – manner lower back in 2007 – and gives brief-stays (from 4 to 8 hours) in very compact ‘cabins’ which are perfect for naps, a refresh after a protracted flight, or an overnight if you have a completely early flight or past due arrival.

Each cabin is first-rate compact, with a bed, rest room, small table, WiFi, USB ports, temper lighting fixtures, smart TV, and a little little bit of garage space. (You also can depart bags on the the front table, or ‘Mission Control.’)

I had the entirety I wished for a refresh and even determined a small fold-out stool hanging on the again of my cabin door simply as I became 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 introduced as nicely.

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

Gatwick to London in much less than half-hour

It’s continually a pride to have an ‘aha’ moment when travelling and study a device or service which you understand will alternate your tour habits.

In the past, I’ve usually arrived in London at Heathrow Airport and headed to city via the London Underground, referred to as the Tube. The new Elizabeth Line looks like its accelerates the journey time, but within the past, the journey from Heathrow to imperative London may want to absorb to 45 minutes and become very crowded because it got closer to the town, in particular in the course of rush hour times.

But traveling from Gatwick Airport to London at the Gatwick Express turned into some distance less complicated and manner more first-class.

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 this is a teach (no longer a subway) and that the educate station is easy to get admission to, with a chief improve at the way. Trains run each 15 mins and tourists can use an Oyster smartcard to pay for rides. Prices range with the aid of time and sort but are discounted 10% when bought on line or via the app.

Trains from Gatwick also visit the Sussex coasts, for example, Brighton and Eastbourne.

It would had been smooth to switch to underground Tube strains as soon as I arrived at Victoria Station, but my motel become an clean 10-minute walk and alongside the manner, I passed the Victoria Palace Theatre, in which Hamilton is playing.

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

Our agenda this week will include quite a few touring in London, Brighton, and West Sussex – all locations without difficulty on hand from Gatwick Airport.

So please stay tuned as we trap up on our adventures every day. Have some pointers on places we must move? Please add them to the remarks.