LHR Terminal Two – The Queen’s Terminal

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I often travel between the UK and Greece in my career as a writer.  Way back in 2014 I had the pleasure of utilising the newly refurbished London Heathrow Terminal Two.  WOW!  What a terminal!

Note: Originally written in August 2014, updated in 2020.  Although 6 years old now, the sentiments remain the same: the Queen’s Terminal at LHR Terminal 2 is a pleasure to fly from.

London Heathrow Terminal 2 - The Queen's Terminal - LifeBeyondBorders

I’m fond of well laid out airports, as my Athens International Airport article highlights, hence flying from Terminal 2 at LHR was a pleasure.

Queen’s Terminal – LHR: Spacious

The first thing I noted upon exiting the Underground system was how spacious it was, and that was before I even entered the terminal building.

Outside Terminal Two LHR. Life Beyond Borders
Outside Terminal Two

The initial feeling was one of – dare I say it for an airport – peace!  Yes, such was the design that it made me feel less stressed.  Would this continue once inside?

No way of getting lost - Underground and express train clearly indicated into LHR Terminal Two - the Queen's Terminal. Life Beyond Borders
No way of getting lost – Underground and express train clearly indicated

Interior – Check in

And so to check in.  One thing that struck me about the check in was how QUIET everything was.  It must be the ergonomics of the place as there were certainly enough people about, yet it didn’t feel like it, and all you could here was a low hum of voices.

Check-in at the Queen's Terminal - LHR Terminal 2. Life Beyond Borders

And so through to…


This was a VERY pleasing experience.   Maybe it was the time of day, but there was hardly anyone in the queues, so I literally placed all my items on the belt and walked through immediately.  They were even polite to me!

Air side at the Queen’s Terminal LHR

Airside at LHR Terminal Two - the Queen's Terminal - LifeBeyondBorders

I think I might have gasped when I saw the layout for Terminal Two airside.  Spacious, so much natural light and an epic view of the runway – plus lots of places to sit and log into the 45 minute free wi-fi (unless you have a Heathrow Awards card, then it’s free all the time).  And if shopping’s your thing, then you’ll be spoilt for choice.  Not to mention where you can sit and eat.

How about a quiet coffee or snack whilst waiting for your gate to be called? One of many food outlets at the Queen's Terminal at LHR Terminal 2 - LifeBeyondBorders
How about a quiet coffee or snack whilst waiting for your gate to be called? One of many food outlets

And the quiet!  This is the main thing that struck me about the new Terminal Two – how quiet it was.

Travelling can be a stressful experience at the best of times.  To have a well designed terminal that feels relaxed and less noisy makes such a difference.

I know LHR isn’t Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, but overall, I would rate Terminal Two – The Queen’s Terminal, a good 9/10.

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