Heathrow Airport Car Parking

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Do you want to know more about London airports? Here’s your guide to London Airports. A vast network of airlines takes off and lands at London airports. Heathrow Airport is the UK’s largest and fourth busiest airport in the world. It is Heathrow Airport2Europe’s busiest airport in passenger traffic and the second busiest airport in terms of traffic movements. Additionally though, amongst the other car parks which caught my attention, was the one operated by a company called Chauffeured Parking Services Limited who offer a special Meet and Greet service where uniformed drivers can meet your on arrival, and on clearance of customs on your return, to take care of your car, parking it for you and returning it to you at the terminal to save time. This additional convenience comes at a premium of course.

Car parking at Heathrow Airport Car Parking is as you might expect, dynamic, well designed and lay out, and flexible enough to provide a range of solutions to meet the broad demands of its 22 million passengers each year.

Heathrow Airport Car Parking has been looking actively to reduce its carbon footprint  and in the design, layout and positioning of its car parks, as well as its shuttle service, this has given rise to thoughtful and easily appreciated parking facilities.

Heathrow Airport 1So what are the options for car parking at Heathrow Airport Car Parking, and how do the prices and options compare to elsewhere? Your options include off airport parking, long stay parking close to the terminals, meet and greet or valet parking services and short stay parking close to the three terminals. As with most airports, prices are cheaper if you can book in advance, and this can be done easily online at http://www.iparkairportparking.co.uk/blog/.

As far as Heathrow Airport Car Parking is concerned, the options represent a very useful range, at prices which are surprising considering. More information on car parking facilities at Heathrow Airport Car Parking is available http://www.iparkairportparking.co.uk/blog

Luton Airport Parking

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Luton Airport is situated on the edge of the town of Luton in the county of Bedfordshire around 40km north of London. It is just 3km from junction 10a of the M1 motorway which connects to London to the south and Leeds and the M25 to the north. Luton Airport handled over 9.42 million passengers last year and acts as a hub for a number of low cost airlines with most of its passengers heading to European destinations. You can find full details of all the destinations which can be reached from here and the ground handling agents for each airline in our guide to flights at Luton Airport.

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If you are flying from Luton Airport there are about 60 check in check in desks straight in front of you in the departures hall which runs the length of the terminal building. You will find a good selection of shops, bars, cafeterias and restaurants both before and after security. We have put together a table of all the retail outlets at Luton Airport with details of where they are located and what they sell. If you want a meal or a snack while waiting for your flight our guide to restaurants tells you what is available. Our departures section also provides details of the executive lounges and live flight departures information.

If you are leaving your car at the airport there are short, medium and long term parking facilities available. If you use the drop off zone at the airport you are only allowed a maximum stay of 10 minutes and you must not leave the vehicle during this time or it will be removed. If you park for longer than 10 minutes you will be charged. It is easier to use the short stay car park if you are picking someone up and you can check our car parking information for full details of tariffs and where the parks are located including off site parking

If you arrive at Luton then when you have cleared customs and get into the the arrivals area you will see a Travelex where you can change your money and a shop where you can buy newspapers and snacks. If you are meeting someone then we provide details of live flight arrivals. If you want a coffee and a sandwich before you set off to your final destination there is a Costa Cafe and a Marks & Spencer Simply Food here, as well as a Travel Centre where you can book your onward transport including bus, coach and rail tickets or make a hotel reservation. If you leave something on the flight or your luggage does not arrive with you, then you should contact your airline handling agent, and you can find contact details for them on our flights information page.

If you are hiring a car from Luton Airport then four of the major car hire companies are based on the site. The hire car centre is a short ride away from the terminal building with a free shuttle bus operated by NCP making regular trips to take you there. The car hire companies at the airport are Avis, Europcar and Hertz. Or if you want to travel in style we also provide details of local chauffeur and limousine hire agencies.

Four taxi companies are licensed to operate from the airport and use the taxi rank which is in the drop off zone outside the terminal building. You can pre-book a taxi and find contact details in our guide to taxis at Luton Airport.

If you prefer to travel by public transport then there is a good choice of bus, coach and train services operating out of the airport. National Express Coaches run to destinations further afield and other London airports. For more details of timetables and routes check our information and links to bus services at Luton Airport.

There is not a railway station at the airport but Luton Parkway is five minutes away offering regular connections to Central London and other parts of the UK. There is a free shuttle bus from the airport to the station and our guide to Luton Airport Trains provides details or links to the various routes and timetables.

Our general information section tells you everything else you need to know when travelling through Luton Airport including details of the weather with a forecast for the next 5 or 10 days, facilities for passengers with special needs and where you can change your money at Luton Airport.

London Inventions

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London inventions

What about a tour of London inventions?

Well, this time we will not travel far away. Besides touring London’s museums and attractions, there is another fascinating way to discover your Capital – through the numberless inventors who gifted our World with wonderful inventions. If you have a free week-end you would like to spend with your children in a really fun, educational and exploring way, you may tour the city according to the locations where amazing inventions were done. It will bring you to streets you have never visited, squares that were boarded with busy small workshops decades and even centuries ago, and you may discover a plate with the mention of an inventor on the house he was living in.

Of course, if you come by car from outside the town you may comfortably park your car at the closest London Airport Parking, and continue your tour by public transportation to avoid the traffic stress of the town centre.

There are really great inventions that were made in London.

Elisabeth Mallet publishedOne which may well be the first machine tool ever produced was a screw-cutting lathe invented by Henry Maudslay in 1797, that allowed the mass-production of identical screws and greatly facilitated any assembly work – from furniture to engines and machines. He first developed his machine at his own London lock maker shop at Wells Street, but later extended his production to marine engines.


As early as in 1702, Elisabeth Mallet published the first London newspaper, the “Daily Courant” – at Fleet Street.

Some years later, in 1731, the first magazine ever published was Edward Cave’s monthly “Gentlemen’s Magazine”, that he printed in his home at St. John’s Gate.

inventormakingAnother great engineer who experimented in his London room in Soho was the Scotsman John Logie Baird. What did he invent? No less than television! In 1925 he first successfully transmitted a 30-line vertically scanned black and white image onto a screen. His invention literally revolutionized the World, and as soon as in 1928 he presented a colour image transmission. His 30-line system was used by BBC until 1932.

Experimenting with images unleashed a big frenzy among scientists – but the invention of the first movie camera is attributed to William Friese-Greene, who developed it in his studio at Brooks Street and captured Hyde Park Corner in 18888.

n inventor making proof of an incredible perseverance was John Harrison. Repairing watches as a pastime, he became incredibly skilled in fine mechanics since his young age. A big problem in navigation in the early 18th century was that while the latitude position of a ship could be calculated, its longitude could not – risking ships to be lost at sea. That’s why the British Government promised a reward of £20’000 to anyone able to produce a device measuring the longitude at sea with a precision of 0.5 degrees. Harrison was convinced it could be done with a timekeeper, if he could counter the movements of the ship so that they wouldn’t influence on the measurements. In his home at Red Lion Square, London, he produced five consecutive instruments. While the instruments were essential, the league issued always new conditions before paying the price. Harrison died at age 83 without having been paid the entire reward.

At the end of the 1800’s many various London inventions followed each other – from administrative regulation like traffic lights, public toilets etc., to various sports – as the football rules in 1863, table tennis in 1891 and more; but beside these inventions really important developments were made that launched the industrial revolution.


One of these big inventors was Richard Trevithick, who developed the pressure steam engine in 1799 and constructed the first Reyndarren steam locomotive in 1804 capable of pulling five vegans with 70 passengers and 10 tons of ore. He lived in Rotherhithe and later in Limehouse.

In 1855 another huge step to industrialization was done by Alexander Parkes, who produced the World’s first plastic in Hackney Wick.

And there are many more… Before your actual trip, you may challenge your Family to a “virtual journey” of London inventions on the website http://londonist.com/2010/03/how_just_about_everything_was_inven,  or http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-02/10/map-of-london-inventions

You and your children will certainly enjoy a tour of London to trace the big inventors of this magnificent town!

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