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London, Heathrow for 12 hours! Help

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Because of unfortunate scheduling, will arrive at Heathrow on a Thursday around 9:00 a.m. and 'connecting' flight is at 9:00 p.m. Suggestions please for what I can do in that 12 hours (also may be tired as flying overnight from North America). Where to eat, what to see/do.
Please eliminate Windsor area from the suggestions as I've pretty much done that on previous layovers.

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  1. You can take the tube to Knightsbridge, where the V&A, Harrod's and Hyde Park await.

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    1. re: Mogsob

      Exactly. Why hang around in the Heathrow vicinity. Take the Piccadilly line into the centre(40 mins.) and London's gastronomic world's your oyster

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      peter pumkino

      The other option is take the 'new' direct train service from Heathrow to Paddington where you can walk, bus, taxi or whatever to your destination. This is a special service which take 15 minutes only but is more expensive. As everyone says, do NOT stay at Heathrow, get into the center of London as soon as you can as the action is there (and it's not far and access is easy).

      1. Just came back today from London, check out Caviar House in the departure lounge. Some of the best looking smoked salmon I've ever seen!!!

        Would not recommend traveling into the city though, tube workers are on strike til Friday , took me almost an hour to get a taxi last nite!!!

        1. If staying at a Heathrow hostelry, e.g. The Holiday Inn, ask the desk for directions to the Pheasant, a pub deep in the lower-middle class district behind motel row. In addition to the usual, the place boasts a prize-winning kitchen which produces excellent dishes on order at near give-away prices. Try mixed grill, vegetable Wellington, and fruit crisps (with house-made double premium ice cream). A great find.