Heathrow rail disruption: 13-18 December 2022

Due to industrial action, rail services to and from Heathrow will be disrupted between 13 and 18 December 2022.

Please plan your journey in advance and ensure you leave enough time to get to the airport as roads will likely be busier than normal.

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Travelling through Heathrow this Christmas

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the airport this Christmas and working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:

 

Consider your arrival time
Allow three hours to check-in before a long-haul flight and two hours to check-in before a short-haul flight – and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please don't turn up significantly early for your flight as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags. You can monitor current security waiting times using the Heathrow app and on your flight detail page.

 

Remove liquids from hand luggage
You can’t take liquids with a capacity over 100ml through security. Liquids under 100ml should be removed from your hand luggage and placed in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.

(“Liquids” includes all drinks and syrups; creams, lotions, oils, perfumes; sprays, shaving foam, deodorants, gels and pastes; soups, jams, preserves, chutneys – and snow globes)

 

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    Stuart Messham
    Blog, Airlines and routes, Entertainment,
    Lake Como is picture postcard perfect and a high society hotspot making it the ideal destination for some old-fashioned nosing/tourism. Here’s three blissful bases from which to work…
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    Bellagio: The Pearl of Lake Como
    Bellagio

    Perfect for: The full Lake Como experience

    The inspiration for the name of a certain hotel on Las Vegas’ famous Strip, Bellagio is a sure-fire bet when it comes to boat trips, lakeside luncheons and visual splendour.

    Even just a short walk in Bellagio rewards you for making the trip.

    There’s picturesque steep winding paths aplenty and pastel-scented domiciles splashing the streets with colour.

    The main road – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – presents dozens of shops and boutiques where you can buy local delicacies, leather goods, chich clothing, perfumes and lots more.

    Tables spill outside of voguish cafes and restaurants with sun-kissed locals sipping the latest vintage and several alleys leading to the heavenly lakefront (facing the Como branch).

    An absolute jewel in the region’s crown, Bellagio isn’t called ‘The Pearl of Lake Como’ for nothing.

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    Varenna: tranquil and romantic
    Varenna

    Perfect for: Romance and relaxation

    Located on the eastern shore of Lake Como – an hour from Milan and 15 minutes by ferry from Bellagio – Varenna is so tranquil and serene it feels like time itself stands still.

    At the town’s centre lies the Romanesque-Gothic Church of San Giorgio where you tread pavements made entirely of local marble.

    Picturesque, narrow streets off the main throughfare – Piazza San Giorgio – lead down to another of Lake Como’s most irresistible waterfronts known as Riva Grande.

    You’ll need to be fit to negotiate the winding passages and gnarly cobblestones to get there and back, but there’s plenty of rewards on offer on arrival. Riva Grande is home to stylish cafes, vibrant restaurants, local artisan stores and some of the most terrific ice cream parlours in the region.

    Romantics should make sure take a stroll down the Passeggiata degli innamorati, or ‘Walk of Lovers’, the promenade that connects Riva Grande to the boat landing.

    Whatever you decide to do, you'll certainly leave a piece of your heart in Varenna on departure.

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    Lecco: Alpine Town of the Year 2013
    Lecco

    Perfect for: Those seeking romance, adventure – and gelato!

    Awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2013, Lecco is a vibrant outpost that heartily welcomes barrages of tourists off the back of this rather prestigious honour.

    Watersports are a big draw during the warmer months with sailing, swimming, diving, kitesurfing and kayaking all very popular. Hiking and cycling are also recommended.

    Skiing takes over during the winter when tourists arrive to traverse the flawless 35km of slopes of Piani di Bobbio.

    There’s plenty of the usual charming architecture and dramatic alpine backdrops in Lecco, but it feels a little more action-packed than its more tranquil neighbours.

    Make sure you try the local restaurants’ ample meat stews and lake-fish dishes and do not leave without sampling the phenomenal gelato. It’s not specific to the town or the town’s rich history, but it’ll live long in the memory nonetheless.

    Lecco: another unforgettable gem of Lake Como.

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    You can fly from Heathrow to Milan with British Airways.
    Then the beautiful towns of Lake Como are only a 1-hour train ride away.