London’s Heathrow reopens its Terminal 2 in June, marking the final phase of an 11-year, $18 billion airport-wide renovation, which includes new passenger-friendly touches. Whether you’re running from security to catch a flight, have a longish layover or are stuck for the foreseeable future, here’s how to make the most of your time on the ground.
Sprint to the Gate
Dining: Order online from T2’s outpost of YO Sushi!, which offers 80 dishes, like chicken katsu curry and salmon teriyaki. Your food will be packaged for pickup when you reach the restaurant. yosushi.com.
Retail: The airport’s online Heathrow Boutique has a wide variety of British brands (Burberry, Mulberry, Cath Kidston). Reserve a purchase in advance and collect it duty-free before takeoff. boutique.heathrow.com.
Activity: Freshen up with a two-minute instant facelift from Clarins, one of 50 free beauty treatments available in the departure lounges.
Time to Kill
Dining: Didn’t snag a table at The Fat Duck while in England? Luckily the restaurant’s chef, Heston Blumenthal, has The Perfectionists’ Café in T2. Try the pizza, which is baked in the world’s first in-airport brick oven.
Retail: Visit the new shopping lounge, where a personal stylist will pull clothing options and present them to you in what’s akin to your own private fashion show.
Activity: The renovated Caviar House & Prunier’s seafood bar has the best airfield views in all of T2. Grab a pint of London Pride and watch the planes land.
Dining: Retreat to one of 21 VIP suites (all of which will be entirely renovated by the end of 2014). Each comes with a private chef and team of caterers.
Retail: Arrange a “shopping transfer” to visit stores not in your terminal. Heathrow has 300 shops, including British retailer Thomas Pink, where a made-to-measure service is available (from $285). boutique.heathrow.com.
Activity: Tours of Windsor Castle, only 20 minutes away by cab, can be arranged by the British Hotels and Reservations Center at any terminal. From $30 a person; 44-020/8090-5828; bhrconline.com.