A First-Time Visitor’s Guide to Heathrow & How to Navigate To The Chilworth

London Heathrow. United Kingdom

Heathrow is one of London’s major airports, and arriving here can be a little daunting for first time visitors – thanks to the sheer size and scale of the place! We’ve compiled this quick guide to help you understand and navigate Heathrow, as well as ensure you reach the Chilworth with ease.

Understanding Heathrow

As the world’s busiest airport, Heathrow sees lots of air traffic and footfall every day. There are more than 180 destinations catered to by this buzzing transport hub, and there are more terminals and runways planned to expand Heathrow’s reach even further.

All of this space and variety can make Heathrow feel like a bit of a maze for newcomers, and even frequent flyers could struggle to find their way around.

The official Heathrow airport app helps simplify this a little, with maps of the venue and each terminal available to download for your convenience as you navigate the first part of your journey either to or from the Chilworth London.

Key Heathrow Facilities

If you’re going to be at Heathrow for some time, there’s no need to panic – the airport has lots of facilities to explore during your visit. There’s an array of different shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a beauty salon at Terminal 5, perfect for those who want a quick refresh to their look! If you need to post a letter or last minute post card, you’ll find a post box at Terminal 4. There are plentiful cash machines, arcades, luxury lounges, baby changing facilities and opportunities to change currency throughout the airport. Making use of some of these services will help to extend your holiday spirit after snapping up one of our London hotels special offers.

Transport from Heathrow

There are lots of ways to get from Heathrow to your hotel, including buses, trains, taxis and the chance to hire a car and navigate to the Chilworth on your own. Here are some of the most popular ways to reach your destination:

Heathrow Express

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The Heathrow Express is a train service billed as the fastest way to reach your destination in central London. Getting to London Paddington takes around fifteen minutes, and both single and return tickets are available. This is a great option if you’re in a rush to reach your hotel for a massage in Paddington, or are travelling at anti-social hours (services commence at 5am).


There are many coach operators catering to Heathrow, such as National Express and Megabus. They service more than 200 destinations including Paddington.


Buses run from Heathrow to Paddington regularly. The trip normally takes around twenty minutes, and is particularly advised if you have limited luggage, as the buses can get a little busy.


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Travel by Tube remains a popular option. There are three underground stations at Heathrow, and for Paddington you need to leave from Terminal 2 &3.


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You can book a taxi from the airport or pick up a minicab. Fees for this service will vary.

Car Hire

There are car hire facilities at Terminals 2-5, complete with reception desks for picking up your car. It takes around 30 minutes to reach Paddington from the airport.