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
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    Feel a burning desire to go up in the world? It's a very literal possiibility on a visit to magnificent Malaysia…
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    PETRONAS Towers: an architectural masterpiece
    High point 1: the incredible PETRONAS Towers

    Malaysia's proudest icon and an architectural wonder of some repute, the PETRONAS Towers in Kuala Lumpur comprise 88 storeys rising an incredible 451.9m above sea level with their integrated pinnacles atop the towers

    They are the tallest – and quite possibly the most beautiful – twin towers in the world.

    The interior patterns echo Malaysia’s local handicrafts and and 'songket', or weaving patterns. The combination of stainless steel and glass form intricate Islamic motifs. And the overall form – when viewed from above – resemebles an eight-pointed star, which represents unity, harmony, stability, and rationality in the Islamic cultures.

    There are 29 double-decker high-speed passenger lifts to the Observation Deck on level 86, 370m into Malaysian orbi – revealing views over the sprawling, teeming cityscapes that are truly magnificent..

    And then there's the Skybridge… A 750-ton doubledecker connector between the two towers that is not fully conncected to either buidling – like, woah! – to allow for movements during high winds and other inclement weathers. 

    An architectural masterpiece.

     

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    Menara Kuala Lumpur: panoramic heaven
    High point 2: panoramics from the Kuala Lumpur Tower

    Views from the world's tallest twin towers not quite enough for your high-flying hankerings?

    No problem. Malaysia has more.

    You just need to shimmy 1.5km west of the PETRONS Towers and visit the 15-story, 421m tall telecommunication tower known as the Menara Kuala Lumnpur.

    There's a stairwell and elevator to reach the upper area where you'll find a revolving resturant allowing you to guzzle gorgeous Malaysian delicacies while ogling the city streets below.

    It's the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur that is open to the public and every year there is a race to see who can run the fastest to the top.

    Probably a step too far in most of our itineraries though…

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    Batu Caves: scaling new heights of natural beauty
    High point 3: Divinity and adventure at Batu Caves

    Located slightly outside of Kuala Lumpur in the suburb of Belangor, there are more incredible sights and experinces to be had at the extraordinary Batu Caves.

    One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, the incredible 400-million-year-old limestone cliffs are peppered with glorious caves and intricately carved temples.

    There's some truly magical flora and fauna to be gawped at and Instagrammed.

    Wild monkeys and the area's famous cave-dwelling bats animate the surroundings.

    You can climb and hike the area till your heart's content with over 160 routes and treks for experts and beginners alike.

    And you can even abseil, should you want to go one adventurous step further.

    Another marvel in magical Malaysia. 

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    British Airways and Malaysian Airlines both operate routes to Kuala Lumpur. It's a breath-taking, eye-opening place that can take you to incredible highs and so much more.