Heathrow is the main airport for London and is to the west if the Greater London area. There are various types of public transport varying in cost. The budget minded should take the underground (tube, metro, subway) but note there are fast trains which cost more. It's not a bad idea to have a night here to acclimatise to London. There are places that you might visit from here (do your own research!) and London buses currently charge a flat fee of £2.
There is no way of getting around it -- there is not a whole lot to do in Heathrow, Greater London, England. Most people simply spend a night in town due to its close proximity to the airport. Heathrow is a small town with an almost rural feel; it sits on the outskirts of London. There are a small amount of pubs, designed and decorated in true English style, some grocery stores, and the odd shop in town. Other than that, most activities are outside of Heathrow.
For those wishing to stay in Heathrow for a couple of days, there are ways to entertain yourself. Heathrow is close to Twickenham Stadium; for those who like football, it's definitely worth checking out a game here and indulging in some true English culture.
There are also a number of charming towns and beautiful botanical gardens nearby. Richmond and Kew are two gorgeous small towns, well known for their trendy restaurants and boutique shopping. To get their you can take the tube (train) or take the much more scenic option and rent a bike and take the twenty-minute ride along the Thames River straight into town.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Heathrow, however most of these are pricey hotels. There are not many hostels in Heathrow, Greater London, England, however there are some just off the highway along the main road that runs through town. Hostels in Heathrow, Greater London, England, tend to be in old, traditional, English-styled buildings, one of which even has a pub attached to it. Hostels in Heathrow, Greater London, England, are basic but they are by far the cheapest alternative in town and they are conveniently located. Some Heathrow, Greater London, England hostels offer a free breakfast and have onsite entertainment, such as a pub.
Getting in and out of Heathrow is simple thanks to the tube. Central London to Heathtow is approximately forty minutes via train, and from the town of Heathrow to the airport is approximately ten minutes.
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