Heathrow Airport, London, is arguably one of the most well-known airports on the globe and whether you are travelling for business of pleasure, chances are you’ll have time to indulge in some serious duty-free retail therapy.
Heathrow Duty Free caters for every want and desire and is home to a massive collection of premium brands such as Harrods, Gucci, Paul Smith, Sony and Prada!
Heathrow Duty Free – Refined Duty Free Shopping
Heathrow is a world-class airport for sure. It’s one of the largest airports in the world (with flights to over 183 destinations in 90 countries!) and offers travelers absolutely everything from food to Heathrow’s Duty Free shopping that can be described as classy, fashionable and refined.
Don’t worry if you don’t have British Pounds on you when traveling through the airport. The airport partners with Travelex, a money exchange company that has several branches in the airport. Through Travelex you can pre-order a range of world currencies and pick up your money at the airport. By pre-ordering prior to your trip you don’t have to worry about exchanging money or getting your debit card stuck in a foreign ATM machine. And then you can get on with the job at hand – duty free shopping!
If you’re off on business and needing to take notes or simply want to keep a journal of your trip, you’ll need something to write with. Head to The Pen Shop and put pen to paper with one of their limited edition Montblanc pens. The Montblanc Skeleton A380 is a particularly smart item made with 750 white gold and boasting 42 diamonds. At time of writing this article this purchase cost £11 087.
I’m not sure what a trip through Heathrow Duty Free would be without indulging in some spectacular alcohol. The Dalmore Sirius 1951 – a gorgeous single Highland malt – from the World Duty Free store, Terminal 5 is a serious (pardon the pun) scotch and costs around the £10 000 mark! Money well spent though as we relished in aromas of intense citrus and honeyed chocolate proceeded by roasted coffee, hints of liquorish and crushed walnuts. The best thing about spending all that stirling on scotch is your one of just twelve lucky enough to have a bottle.
It was autumn when I last traveled through Heathrow duty free and I couldn’t resist checking out the boots in Bally. The price tag’s extravagant so it was simply window shopping! I also had a browse over at The Oakley Collection at the World Duty Free store and was quite taken with the state of the art Pit Boss sunglasses. They cost around £425 per pair but they’re worth it having taken four years to develop in order to get the mix of advanced technology and aesthetics just right. If they are a little out of your price range check out the cost of a few of Oakley’s other products available at Heathrow Duty Free here.
World Duty Free
Don’t miss the seven World Duty Free stores throughout Heathrow. This is the key brand at Heathrow Duty Free and by far the best place to stock up on your favorite cosmetics, fragrances, cigarettes and liquor. There’s a store in every terminal and this is the perfect place for grabbing a bottle of Pimms or a box of Jaffa cakes to take back home with you. Be sure to pick up some Cadbury chocolates too – calories don’t exist when you’re on holiday!
World Duty Free offer a pre-shopping option which can be handy if you’re only passing through the airport quickly. You can visit their website and pre-select your items, ready for collection and payment when you arrive at Heathrow. It’s very easy!
Some of London’s biggest brand names also feature at Heathrow Duty Free. If you’re a fashion addict you won’t want to miss out on Harrods, Ted Baker, LK Bennett, Pink and Burberry. For some luxurious toiletries, look out for Boots and Jo Malone and if you fancy something quick to eat there is a Marks & Spencer for top class food and drinks. And everything is tax free!
And Then There’s Terminal 5
Sure, the papers may tell you that Heathrow’s Terminal 5 is a nightmare complete with crazed travelers and striking staff. But it’s really not like that at all. T5 offers a chic but laidback type of atmosphere.
Duty free shopping in this terminal is world-class. If you have a bit of time in-transit, check out Clinique who have a fancy digital unit that means instead of being hassled by sales assistants wanting to help you out, you simply head to the touch screen computer for a skin analysis. The computer prints out the list of products for your skin type when you’re done – kind of like a personalized shopping list for the store.
Still on the topic of beauty products, make your way over to Mac for a chat with the friendliest makeup artists you’ll find. They’ll help you pick out everything you need for your trip from SPF makeup to mineralize blushes.
If you’re a beauty junkie you’ll know that the harder a brand is to find, the more covetable it becomes and this is the case with Victoria’s Secret Beauty at Heathrow. In fact, you’ll only find this range in World Duty Free.
Over at Jo Malone’s you can indulge in a hand and arm massage complete with Vitamin E cuticle gel that will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed for the next flight. Make sure you enjoy a spritz of one of the latest fragrances too just to add to that refreshing experience.
Shopping at Heathrow’s Duty Free is a fantastic way to not have to worry about the 100ml or less rule. Rather save your money and buy everything you need at Heathrow. There are so many special travel sets and fantastic prices that is just makes sense to stock up when you’re at the airport.
Heathrow duty free really offers the ultimate airport shopping experience. It’s spacious and glamorous and home to all the favorites from Mulberry to Accessorize, Prada and Gucci. The shopping experience is stress free which means you’ll board your flight relaxed and somewhat pampered.
To have a look at what else Heathrow duty free has to offer you can have a look here.