Rail disruption - 4 & 8 October 2023

Due to planned industrial action and engineering works, there will be disruption to rail and London Underground services between Heathrow and Central London on Wednesday 4 and Sunday 8 October 2023.


Over this period, there will be disruption to Heathrow Express and Elizabeth line services


Please note, the London Underground (Tube) strikes that would have affected the Piccadilly line on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 October 2023 have now been suspended, and the Piccadilly line will be running as normal throughout this period. 


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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It may not have the tourist appeal of Marrakech or Fes, but there’s plenty of star quality in Casablanca…
Hassan II Mosque: an unforgettable architectural masterpiece, open to all

There's a gorgeous white swathe of incredible buildings to admire in Casablanca, but none are quite as spectacular as the Hassan II Mosque (left) built on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s the second largest functioning mosque in Africa – and the 7th largest in the world – accommodating 105,000 worshippers in total: 25,000 inside and a further 80,000 in the courtyard. Those who want to pray can do so on its pristine glass floors and the 60-storey-high minaret has a laser at the top which points directly to Mecca itself.

Should you neither be a Muslim nor religious, it’s also fine to drop in: you can do so via selected guided tours that last around an hour and really are worth the effort.

Once you're done ogling the splendid religious structures and art deco buildings of the city, you'll certainly build an appetite and should make a reservation at Rick's Cafe, which opened in 2004 and is based on the fictional location from the film.

There’s a baby grand piano, ostentatious chandeliers, palm trees and well-dressed guests drinking and schmoozing their way back to 1942: it's not so much a café as a time machine and long, slow lunches really are the order of the day.

If you want to admire the elegant African flora or visit the stunning Cathédrale de Sacré Coeur make sure you also visit the Parc de la Ligue Arabe. It's Casablanca's biggest open space, lined with palm trees and is a wonderful place for a romantic stroll and daydreaming the afternoon away.


You can experience the transportive wonders of Casablanca via Heathrow by booking with Royal Air Maroc or British Airways.