Rail disruption - 30 September & 1, 4, 6 October 2023

Due to planned engineering works and industrial action, there will be disruption to rail and London Underground services between Heathrow and Central London between Saturday 30 September and Friday 6 October 2023.


Over this period, there will be disruption to Heathrow Express and Piccadilly line services. The Elizabeth line will be operating as normal, and inter-terminal transfer services between all terminals will also be completed by these services.


Passengers should plan their journeys before travelling, and allow for additional time where necessary as services will be busier than normal.

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ULEZ expansion - 29 August 2023

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is expanding to encompass all of Greater London, including Heathrow Airport, from the 29 August 2023.


The initiative, implemented by Transport for London (TfL), is aimed at reducing air pollution in London, therefore all vehicles entering the airport must meet certain emissions standards in order to avoid paying a daily charge.


The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles is £12.50 for most vehicles, including cars, vans, and motorcycles.


The charge will be in addition to any other fees or charges associated with entering the airport. The charge only applies when a vehicle is driven within the ULEZ zone, and does not apply to stationary vehicles including when cars are parked at Heathrow.


Please note, if you have booked Meet & Greet or Valet Parking with a non-compliant vehicle, and have selected a different exit terminal to your entry terminal, you will be liable for payment of a ULEZ charge to transfer your vehicle to another terminal.

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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…
Bellagio: The Pearl of Lake Como

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.

Varenna: tranquil and romantic

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.

Lecco: Alpine Town of the Year 2013

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.


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.