There’s a different kind of satisfaction that comes from beating the system. No, it’s not all about winning at blackjack or weaving through the rush hour traffic with Waze.

Beating the system covers many things; areas in your life that may or may not be as important to you as it is to the person you’re sitting next to. Take for instance, when travelling in London.

Travelling comes with many perks and surprises. Before a journey to London you might scour the Internet to learn more about it, book a cheap flight or even research travel hacks that will make your trip that bit easier.

The former is the easiest and I’ve listed some ways to make the most of London without breaking the bank before. And, when it comes to cheap flights, you could sign up to the mailing lists of airlines and keep an eye open for sales and deals.

When it comes to understanding the nitty gritty details of travelling, everything begins and ends at the airport. And no other airport represents the overall efficiency of London than Heathrow. Here’s a rundown of tips for an easy Heathrow experience.

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Outside Heathrow

Heathrow is a huge landing field that accommodated a record of more than 73 millions passengers in 2014. With these massive numbers, the airport proved to be a difficult spot for locals and business travellers to find suitable parking areas.

Thankfully those in charge invested £660 million of its £2.3 billion annual income to constantly improve facilities and services.

One way to ease the burden of parking is by reserving a slot one or two weeks before your scheduled flight. Or, if you’re a tourist visiting the city for the first time, take advantage of London’s public transportation system. Parking4Less say the fastest way from the airport to central London is via the Heathrow Express. But if you’re looking for the least expensive mode of transportation, then ride The Tube’s Piccadilly Line.

Inside Heathrow

Once you’ve sorted out all the details for getting to Heathrow, it’s time to learn a few hacks for the inside of Heathrow.

For those of you travelling from Terminal 5, you’ll get faster service and shorter if you pick the line on the far right hand side. Despite what Melanie Pinola’s says on LifeHacker, the left line of Terminal 5 is actually nearest the London Underground’s exit; making it the most crowded route for passengers.

Another hack you should know involves satisfying your taste buds and quenching your thirst. Amidst the glamour of topnotch restaurants, getting unlimited food and drinks is not as hard as it sounds. Terminal 3 has a No. 1 Traveller Lounge, where for just £24 for three hours, you can make the most of unlimited meals, fast Wi-Fi, and a relaxing spa. There’s also a similar service – albeit more expensive – called the Plaza Premium Lounge at Terminal 2.

 

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