Welcome to London – The land of the Brits

From the moment you step into London Heathrow airport, you will have butterflies in your stomach! Why? Cause you’re in London!!

Some of the first glimpses of London – All the way from up there!

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The Queens land would normally welcome you with grey skies and a bit of drizzle (what I call ‘London Rain’). The lucky few get special ‘warm’ welcomes – unless you’re here in Summer! Heathrow Airport is one of the craziest airports in the world. Landing here for the first time can be freaky (if not scary) for some. However, be rest assured, airport staff does help out.

When I landed in London, I realised that my phone, which I thought was on roaming, was not! I was in a new place, with no phone and no way to contact the person I was to meet at the airport!

So, what should you do, if you’re stuck in my place? Try calling the person – there are loads of pay-phones at the airport. Sometimes, if you’re luck is as bad as mine was – you might realise that your credit card doesn’t work! I had the old school swipe card – unfortunately, whoever planned the pay system for the phone booths decided to keep only chip-n-pin.

You might want to make sure you have either Pounds, Euros or Dollars on you when you land (rather than presuming you won’t need them till you have to pay for the cab). I had kept just enough money to buy stuff on the flight. I did have some nice crisp notes – but pay-phones don’t accept them – and people at the airport hardly have any change!

This does not mean landing at Heathrow is scary or freaky! It just gives a good feel of what life in London is like – crazy but fun (at least for students). If you have problems at the airport, feel free to go to the helpdesk or information desk. There are sign boards around which can guide you.

You should also be aware that the queues for baggage claim can be very long! After a tiresome trip, it is likely that you will get bugged at the first problem that crops up! Keep your cool – the line is long and you’re dying to get out and see the new city – but still, keep your cool!

Before signing off, here are some points you might want to keep in mind before coming to London:

  • You need to know which terminal you’re landing in (especially if you have someone coming to pick you up)
  • In case you need to go from one terminal to another, you might want to check out how to do that on the Heathrow website.
  • If you have a connecting flight, Heathrow will give you lots of stuff to do!

More about walking into London next time! For now – ENJOY every minute of the sun!!