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London has such an incredible amount to offer it's no wonder that over 10 million people choose to live either in London or the surrounding areas, and it's estimated that over 25 million people visit London each and every year for work and tourism. With so many flights landing in this vibrant city every day, it's no surprise that there are a number of airports serving it.
Heathrow International Airport is the largest airport in the U.K. and is also Europe's busiest for passenger traffic, carrying approximately 67 million passengers every year. The airport has two runways and five terminals, the newest being officially opened in March 2008 by Queen Elizabeth II. The vast area it covers it close to five square miles which gives you an idea of the sheer scale of this facility. The current site was first used as a military airfield during the First World War and has evolved throughout the decades since to become the incredibly large transport hub that we know today.

Gatwick is second to Heathrow in terms of both size and traffic. With flights to around 200 destinations, Gatwick handles around just over half the number of passengers per year that Heathrow does. 

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Officially opened for use on 9th June 1958 - again by Queen Elizabeth II - Gatwick is celebrating 50 years of flights in 2008.  
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Just like its larger counterpart, Gatwick Airport is used by many international airlines that fly to and from destinations all over the globe, so while it may not have the considerable stature of Heathrow, it still plays a vital and very important role in transporting people in and out of London.

As the only airport actually in London itself, London City Airport serves over thirty European destinations and has only been in commercial use since 1987. It's a very popular airport with city workers and leisure travellers alike and has grown considerably since it was set up. In 2007 passenger numbers reached almost 3 million, a considerable rise from the 133,000 who used it during its first full year of operation in 1988. 

The location of the airport means that flight paths are very carefully mapped out and restrictions have had to be put in place for the heights of any new skyscrapers in the vicinity. With the 2012 Olympic Games scheduled to be held in London in 2012, the popularity of London City Airport is set to continue to rise in future years.

When you're looking for flights to London you won't be short of options with these three airports and whether the purpose of your trip is business or sightseeing, you'll benefit from a range of transport options to take you into the heart of the action. 

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Crowne Plaza Hotel London Heathrow
Situated just off junction 4 of the M4, the Crowne Plaza Heathrow is easily accessible from the Central London, Legoland, Windsor and Heathrow Airport. The Stockley Business Park, Henley on Thames, Kew Gardens Thorpe Park as well as the Wembly Stadium are the major attractions in Heathrow.  The 461 spacious guestrooms are gracefully appointed and come with all the contemporary amenities, enabling you to relax and have a blissful sleep after a busy day.  Guests can dine at the on-site Concha Grill Restaurant that serves delicious European cuisine for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. 
Novotel London Heathrow
This family-friendly London hotel is conveniently situated near the airport. Regional points of interest include Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. Novotel London Heathrow has an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include wireless Internet access and meeting rooms for small groups. Novotel London Heathrow has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The staff can arrange express check-out. Additional amenities include secure parking and an elevator (lift). 
Ramada London Heathrow
This London hotel is conveniently situated near the airport. Osterley Park, Kew Palace, and Hampton Court Palace are area attractions. Ramada London Heathrow has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. 24-hour room service is available. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include wireless Internet access and audio-visual equipment. Event facilities include conference rooms. Ramada London Heathrow has 200 guestrooms. Guestrooms have flat-panel televisions. Guestrooms provide in-room safes. Guestrooms feature complimentary bottled water. Additional amenities include air conditioning and desks. 
St. Giles Hotel London Heathrow
If you are planning for a particular holiday at Heathrow, then St. Giles Hotel is the perfect place for you to reside.  Located right next to Feltham Station, the hotel is within easy access to Kempton Park, Twickenham and Richmond, Thorpe Park, Hampton Court, Windsor and many other exclusive landmarks in the surrounding.  The hotel offers 303 comfortable and air-conditioned guest rooms that are well equipped with essential amenities to ensure you a pleasant stay.  The Hugo's Restaurant and Bar serves an extensive range of Italian as well as International dishes as well as a fine selection of interesting drinks for you to enjoy.
Sheraton Heathrow Hotel Heathrow
Within minutes of the European hub of Heathrow Airport, the hotel also offers the advantageous location of being close to central London. Situated at the gateway to Royal Windsor, you'll enjoy a great combination of work, refreshment, and relaxation.  Sheraton Heathrow Hotel's 426 guest rooms are warm, inviting, and designed for your comfort and convenience.  Enjoy delicious a la carte dining and an extensive international buffet at The Terrace Restaurant. The Cafe au Lait provides a lighter menu selection and specialty coffees. Contemporary and reviving, The Bar is a chill-out haven for shattered travellers and contented delegates.
Sheraton Skyline Hotel & Conference Centre Heathrow
Conveniently located beside London Heathrow Airport, the Sheraton Skyline Hotel and Conference Centre offers quick access to all the hub's terminals as well as many major attractions in the locality.  The hotel provides an array of 350 well-furnished guestrooms, which assures comfortable accommodation blended with quality service and modern amenities. Specially adapted rooms are also available for the guests with physical disabilities.  To make your stay at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel more enjoyable, different-styled restaurants are available offering American and Italian cuisine. Round off your day at the spacious Sky bar with a sip of a fine drink after a busy day.
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