Five Fun Facts About Heathrow - LHR

Heathrow Airport airplanes flying take off runway parked LHR © Heathrow Airport

 It’s a Popular Film Location

Several films have scenes shot at Heathrow – including Love Actually, Spooks: The Greater Good and Gambit.

In Love Actually, the opening and closing footage of people being embraced by loved ones as they arrived at the airport is of real people – not actors. The scenes were shot on hidden cameras over the period of a week and when it looked right, a crew member would dash out and ask the people to sign a form allowing the footage to be used in the film.

Heathrow London Love Actually movie scene LHR © Love Actually / Universal Pictures

There’s a Secret VIP Suite

The Windsor Suite costs several thousand pounds to hire for a single flight and is used by royalty, government ministers and celebrities. It comes with a private butler and outgoing passengers can board their plane at the last minute to avoid being seen.

Heathrow secret lounge The Windsor Suite LHR © Daniela Elser /

You Can Take a Nap in a Pod

YotelAir can be booked for any time of the day or night and paid for by the hour, with a minimum stay of 4 hours. They come with an adjustable SmartBedTM, complimentary hot drinks and a 24-hour food delivery service. You even get a private ensuite bathroom with a rain-head shower.

Heathrow Airport YotelAir private cabin bed LHR © YotelAir

Cast a Spell

Terminal 5 has its own Harry Potter shop selling over 200 items, many exclusively at the airport. It sells toys, gifts and novelties related to the Harry Potter books and films, as well as merchandise from the West End production ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ and the most recent film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ Wingardium Leviosa! (as Harry might say).

 It’s Home to the Biggest Sculpture in Europe

At the exit of Terminal 2, Slipstream, created by British sculptor Richard Wilson, weighs 77 tons and is 77 metres long. It was designed to evoke the trails left by stunt planes during air shows, with the prototype created using a model Spitfire.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 sculpture Slipstream Richard Wilson LHR © Heathrow Airport
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