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  • Spectator areas

    Here are some of the best spots at Heathrow for watching aircraft on the runways and taxiways.

    • Terminal 2

      From Wondertree in the departure lounge there are great views out over the runway.

    • Terminal 3

      There are panoramic runway views from the No.1 Traveller Lounge (a charge applies), and more intimate views from some of the departure gates.

    • Terminal 4

      You'll find our View Heathrow observation deck (near Gates 15 and 16) the perfect vantage point, with its 270-degree panoramic view of the southern runway, binoculars and flight-tracking touch screens.

    • Terminal 5

      Once you're in the departure lounge there are airfield views almost everywhere, but Gordon Ramsay Plane Food and wagamama offer particularly fine ones.

    • Heathrow Academy

      There's a covered viewing stand for non-passengers at the Heathrow Academy building (formerly the visitor centre) in Newall Road, looking on to the northern runway (postcode TW6 2RQ). There is a charge for parking but the stand itself is free to use at all times.