We left from JFK enroute to London, Heathrow airport. We flew on Ireland’s trusty airline Aer Lingus. We were incredibly please with Aer Lingus, their prices, and their service. We had a bit of turbulence on the way over, but overall, we had a very smooth flight. The Shannon, Ireland airport is incredibly small. We had a several hour layover here before continuing on to Heathrow. We went through customs in Shannon, which took all of about 5 minutes. Once we landed in London, we did not go through customs again as we had already cleared customs, and were now traveling within the EU.
Once at Heathrow, we set about finding Christina who flew in from Charlotte a few hour prior to our arrival. Once we found Christina, we grabbed a bite to eat and prepared to head out of the airport and into the amazing city of London. From Heathrow we took the Tube to get into Central London. Our flat we stayed in from AirBnB was located near the Edgeware Road tube station. From Heathrow, it took about 45 minutes- 1 hour to arrive at the station.
Travel Tip 1: The tube is an inexpensive and easy to navigate way to get into the city. We didn’t pick the most economical ticket, but still paid about 4 pounds per person for the trip.
Travel Tip 2: Keep in mind, the tube station and the cars will be VERY crowded, so stick together… and you may have to push your way onto a train car. Also, be prepared to have to stand.
We got a bit turned around once we got off the tube, but we ended up finding our lodging fairly uneventfully. We got settled in, bought some groceries, and settled into our flat that we would call home for the next week.
Travel Tip 3: Pack light, and use a backpacking backpack if possible. It is easier to navigate busy streets and tube stations with small amounts of luggage, and it can be hard to drag a rolling suitcase along some of the older streets/ sidewalks.