How to get from Heathrow to Central London

There are many ways to get into and around London. Choose your method of transport from out helpful information below:

Coaches to London

National Express

National Express operate services from London Heathrow Airport to London Victoria, and many destinations around the UK. The buses run from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station. The bus station is located between terminals 1,2 and 3, and is well signposted within the terminals. From terminals 4 and 5 catch Heathrow Connect to the central bus station.

Buses Around London

Most buses around London are low floor, meaning that they lower to pavement level, making it easier to board the bus. You are now able to use Oyster cards on bus routes.

For more information on what buses to get and timetables for the buses, visit Transport for London.

Trains

Heathrow Connect operates between Heathrow airport terminals 1,2 and 3 and Paddington, via five stations in west London. This service takes 25 minutes, and operates every 30 minutes. Passengers travelling at terminal 5 should use the free inter-terminal service. Oyster pay as you go cards are not accepted on this service.

Heathrow Express runs four trains an hour, non stop between the airport and Paddington station. This journey takes 15 – 20 minutes and oyster cards and travelcards are not valid on this service.

Tube

The Piccadilly Line connects all Heathrow terminals with frequent services to London. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 located between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5, both situated in the basements of the terminal buildings. The journey to central London takes about 50 minutes and services run between 05:00 and 23:40.

You are able to use your oyster card for the underground or you can buy an all day travelcard for unlimited travel on the tube all day. Buying a travelcard is suitable for commuters who are planning on using the tube and the train as the tickets can be bought together. Visit mytrainticket.co.uk to find out more about how travelcards work and how much they cost.

Taxi

The journey time to central London is approximately 45-60 minutes and should cost between £45 and £70.

Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.

However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our Heathrow Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.

Oyster Cards

Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster car, meaning you don’t have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.

You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National rail trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.

Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.

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Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Out of curiosity I tried to find out what the top 10 New Year’s resolutions are and funny enough I came across a few things I would like too…

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.

2. Fit in Fitness

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.

3. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of people, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider things designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Like reading a good book, spending time with God and going for walks every now and again. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the beach this summer.

4. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of others  who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. 

5. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs. There is no excuse to become a couch potato, get up, do something!

6. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. The Sports Events for example need lots of volunteers every year and some organizations make it easy by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule.

7. Get Organized

On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.

Now these other 3 do not apply to me, but they are also part of the list:

8. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adults around the globe are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

9. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! Locally, there are a variety of free support services, hotlines and smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit. 

10. Quit Drinking

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics. 

 

So, this is it. No matter what your resolutions are make sure you don’t forget to…

…love God and enjoy life!!!!

Hosts wanted for 2012 Games

With hotel prices likely to reach astronomical levels next summer, a search has begun for volunteers  who will provide free accommodation for the family members of 2012 Games competitors.

It’s an initiative of More Than Gold, the agency set up to help Churches engage with the Games. Without help of this kind, it is feared many family members will be unable to see their loved ones in action.

All prospective hosts for the Athlete Family Homestay Programme will be interviewed and accommodation inspected. When approved, volunteers will provide bed and breakfast for at least eight days for up to two guests. They will also be asked to provide a warm welcome, and give the practical help and advice needed, for guests to make the most of their stay. As well as family members, those giving essential support to competitors, including their coach and close friends, are included in the scheme.

The majority of hosts are required in London, as close as possible to event venues.  However, hosts will also be needed near Benfleet, Birmingham, Broxbourne, Cardiff, Dorney Lake, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Weymouth and Portland Harbour.

The Revd Ashley Evans, United Reformed Church minister at Christ Church, Newham, East London, close to the main Games stadium, is the URC liaison member for the Homestay programme.  He said: “This is a really valuable service Christian people can perform. For some competitors, it will decide whether their family can be present on one of the greatest days of their life. It will also be a wonderful opportunity for hosts to get to know people from a very different culture.  It is a real opportunity to show Christ to the world.”

Prospective volunteer hosts can find more details at http://www.morethangold.org.uk/hospitality/host-an-athlete-s-family.html

Photo caption: Stephanie Cook MBE, Olympic athlete and board member of More Than Gold, at the launch of the Athlete Family Homestay Programme with some of the first volunteer hosts.

As Solomon said…

“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens:”

time to pay a visit…

time to rest…

time to play with pets…

time to live what once were only dreams…

“…so I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”

Ecl 3:22

Calling all Mission and Service teams

More than 3,000 mission and service team members are needed to work with local churches throughout the UK during the Games. This number will include many from overseas.

Mission and service teams are made up of between 5 and 20 members who register through their team leader.

In past Games, volunteers for Mission and Service Teams have been coordinated through existing mission agencies like Youth With a Mission, the Global Events Group, the Salvation Army, Ambassadors in Sport and others.

For the registration form click here. And for the essential instructions on filling in the form click here.

What will Mission and Service Teams do?
Mission and Service Teams are an integral part of the Games outreach. They are also a great opportunity for –

  • Young adults to grow in their Christian faith as they work and serve together
  • Those not so young to mentor and set an example to younger team members

The role each volunteer plays will depend on their skills and experience. Opportunities include –

  • Serving water and food at Games venues
  • Sharing in leading in sports clinics and holiday clubs
  • Performing solo or as part of band, dance, or drama group
  • Working with children and young people as part of the outreach programme of a local churchthey are assigned to
  • Entertaining kids with face painting and balloon sculpting
  • Trading Olympic and Paralympic pins (badges)
  • Taking part in Torch Relay and Games community festivals

Forever 2012

 

The games will be over and the medals put away… What will remain in the UK must be more than just memories and the Olympic village.

With an opportunity to reach out to the peoples and communities of the United Kingdom and also to touch the hearts and souls of the million-plus visitors from the nations coming to the UK for the Olympics, a project has been carried out for the last three years.

Forever is a team focused on taking advantage of these opportunities and on conveying the gospel of Jesus at the forthcoming Games. We are preparing to mobilise thousands of outreach teams from across the world to impact people in a fresh and exciting way. Our vision statement is “Using the 2012 Olympic Games as a catalyst to release teams across the UK demonstrating Christ through continuing outreach”.

We want to impact the United Kingdom in a fresh and powerful way.

As we partner with churches and other organisations to reach out to love the people of our nation, we want to see more people empowered into outreach.

We want to establish teams, before, during and after the 2012 Games, with a vision to continue to impact the communities Forever.  

In the midst of the Games we will be hosting and coordinating a massive outreach, involving thousands of YWAMers partnering with local churches to reach communities across the UK.

Making it happen

To see this vision fulfilled we want to see new teams released in London, and at least one new team in each of the other Olympic cities. The focus for these teams will be on evangelism and urban ministries, using new ways and fresh ideas to minister to the local community. 

We will continue to build on existing networks to draw churches and different organisations under the umbrella of More Than Gold, the organisation helping churches to engage with the 2012 Games.

We will aim to serve, train and equip the Church and connect our short-term teams with the long-term visions of local churches.

Through the YWAM international network, we are inviting tens of thousands of people from across the world to come to the UK during the Olympic season.

Our work will come to nothing without your support, though. Click here to find out how you can get involved.