The 5 Tuns – London, UK


The 5 Tuns Pub & Kitchen
Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport
London, UK
(020) 8283 5065
Hours: 5:30am – last departing flight

And so I was on my way back home to Canada…

Heathrow Airport follows the rigid mold of too many poorly thought out transportation hubs – overpriced and bad food, many tacky souvenir shops and of course long, long lines.  Now normally I’d ease the pain and boredom that comes with waiting for my flight by either a) finding a comfy chair in the Star Alliance lounge or b) hitting the bar.  But since I was flying with BA, option a. was out of the realm of possibility so off I went in a quest for the nearest place to get some suds.  Unfortunately, the week of very little sleep had gotten me down and I was afraid I’d get real sleepy drinking alone and it made me reconsider what I was doing.

With its welcoming feel and design, the 5 Tuns Pub & Kitchen on the top floor level of Terminal 5 was my chosen place to hunker down after my taxi ride in.  I’d asked a security guard what my options were and this seemed the best of the lot.  Frankly, there really isn’t much choice for food and drink outside of the security barrier at the airport where you can still gather with those not going on flights.   There’s a couple more inside past all the screening but not that extraordinary in their offerings and more expensive since they have you trapped inside.  With a football game on the tele, I figured it would do as I arrived with time to spare and needed to get me a bite to eat before dealing with the prolonged formalities of checking in.

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