✅ Verified Review
| As a place, Heathrow has something special about it. No other airport I've visited has quite managed to grasp that sheer feeling of international wonder, the way Heathrow does. Call me crazy, but I really do love the size of the place. It adds to that excitement, knowing you are one of many - travelling to goodness knows where in the world. I love how beautifully modern each terminal is, even number 3 which is in obvious need of renovation comparatively to 2 and 5. Once through security, the place is practically a gigantic mall, anything you need - you'll be able to find. To be fair, for someone new to Heathrow airport, I can understand why the place may seem like a labyrinth, especially if travelling from one terminal to the next. As a Londoner, I practically know the airport inside-out, so for me personally that isn't an issue. Similarly, walking for me isn't really a problem - although I can see why for others it may be. Even if there may be more than your average doddle to the gate, the airport does actually tell you how many minutes away the gate is, which is quite useful. The staff generally are nice, of course at the border you occasionally catch the odd grump. They normally help you swiftly and are patient with fuming travellers. Queuing times are an issue, however. Be ready to wait a long time if you are an international / non-EU traveller headed to the UK. For me, baggage can often be a nightmare in Terminal 3, especially when they take such a long time to start loading the bags on. The only other bone I'd like to pick is with the WiFi. It's alright - but upon me making skype calls, it constantly stops working, or breaks up. Perhaps I'm being spoilt, expecting high-speed WiFi from the airport, but it's far too on / off and I never find any decent consistency with it. When I'm at Heathrow, I honestly am happier just to stay on data, it's way less of a hassle. I'm constantly in and out of Heathrow, but I'm happy to call it my favourite UK airport. Upon departure, the place always gives me that huge burst of energy and excitement - it's definitely something about the architecture and general ethos of the place. I also love the shopping features and terminal layouts. It's really a magnificent airport. Beware for baggage / customs waits, however. Don't forget to also have a space GB of data on you, as I find the WiFi to be pretty inconsistent.