London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Restaurants in London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Having catered parties for everyone from Elton John to the royal family, London’s famed “food design” company opened its first permanent location in July 2008, in T3 (the second opened in May 2009 in Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road in London).
Named after the first all-metal passenger airplane, this retro gastropub features burnt-orange velvet banquettes, antique-trunk tables, and expansive glass walls.
The London-based chain of pan-Asian noodle specialists got creative for its first airport restaurant. A breakfast menu includes everything from coconut porridge to yakisoba (fried soba) noodles with bacon and eggs; after noon, go for multitudinous incarnations of ramen, soba, and udon.
One of London’s most popular chains, this Italian eatery is the only landside restaurant on London Heathrow’s Upper Departure level. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Carluccio has an extensive menu made with fresh, natural ingredients that come from Italy when possible.
This popular stop serves fine caviar and other delicacies of the sea, such as Balik salmon, which is smoked in the Swiss Alps using a 25-step, 150-year-old process favored by the Imperial Court of Russia.
Britain’s famous bad-boy chef fine dining outpost is a smart stop if you have a lengthy layover (Suffolk pork belly with apple compote, perhaps) or are literally on the fly (see the Plane Picnic to-go menu).
Started by a cofounder of fast-but-good-for-you food chain Pret A Manger, Itsu serves sushi fresh off the conveyer belt, Asian-inspired dishes for the health-conscious (try the vitamin-rich Dynamite broth—miso soup infused with lime juice and ginger water—if you need to detox), and plane-friendly