Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 station first opened on 16 December 1977 and was at that point called Heathrow Central. It was renamed as Heathrow Central Terminals 1,2,3 in 1983 ahead of the opening of a tube station at the new Terminal 4 in 1986 which saw it given its present name.
Its all pretty modern on the platforms and there isn’t too much of note there. Confusingly(to me anyway!), Heathrow Terminal 1 has shut down now. The station is still called 1,2,3 but maybe it will be renamed in the future – I’m not really up on all things airports, the Underground is enough for me!
The Pub: The Flying Chariot, Before Security, Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport, TW6 1EW
From the start, I know lots of people have been looking forward to the moment I had to visit Heathrow and that time finally came! There was indeed a pub ‘landside’ in Terminal 2, sadly removing the necessity of me having to tie in visiting Heathrow for the blog with a foreign trip.
The Flying Chariot is located in the Departures Lounge of Terminal 2 and has a prominent glowing sign which should make it relatively easy to spot! It’s a Wetherspoons but as we were visiting on a mid-week evening, was surprisingly quiet. I think their peak times are probably with stag dos first thing in the morning! There were a few people here having a ‘Spoons meal and another chap fast asleep on some of the seating. Travelling is a tiring business afterall. There were three ales on tap, London Pride, Doombar and Adnams Broadside – I went for a Pride.
The Flying Chariot is named after the prediction of Doctor John Wilkins, a rector in a church which would have been situated at the east end of the airport and who in 1638 had predicted the coming of a ‘Flying Chariot’, which man could sit in and be carried through the air!
To be fair, there is only so much you can do with decor when you’re inside an airport, but there are some information boards on the wall about the local area – tales of Hounslow Heath and Henry III for example. The upstairs of the pub has an impressive view over the expanse of the departure lounge and pretty comfy looking seats too.
Unless you’re me, you’ll only be coming here if you’re about to get a flight. In which case, it is a perfectly acceptable place to stop for a drink. Of course, that might be different at 6am in the morning mind you!