It’s always great to hear about a new plane spotter viewing area being opened, and when it is at one of the world’s greatest and busiest airports it really causes a bit of a stir.
London Heathrow has no shortage of great spotting hotels, but there are very few dedicated viewing areas for spotters. Those that do exist are not ideal for photographers, or rely on aircraft using a particular runway to be of any use.
Now, the Novotel hotel on Bath Road is combining both – great views from its rooms, and a viewing area for plane spotting which the public can use.
Located in the hotel’s panoramic Heathrow Suite, the viewing area overlooks the northern runway 09L/27R from an elevated 4th floor position, meaning photography is possible with a good lens and you won’t miss any movements.
There are some buildings in front of the viewing area, but they are lower and shouldn’t affect the views too much. Any photographs are through glass.
Access & Membership
The Novotel viewing area opened on 21st August 2020 with a special drop-in day for enthusiasts.
Sadly it is not open to just wander into whenever you feel like.
As part of the active hotel, those not staying there need to be members, with an annual subscription or pay on the door daily membership.
- 4 Hours – £10 (£5 for under 12s)
- Unlimited Monthly Rate – £50 (£20 for under 12s)
- Overnight Stay, Parking, Breakfast & Viewing Access – £70 (£80 for 2 people, £100 for 2 adults & 2 children)Includes free parking.
Times are 4am-10pm, which covers the airport’s opening hours.
Also, owing to current Covid-19 restrictions, there is a limited number of people who can use the viewing deck at any one time. They allow up to 50-60 people at once.
Bring your own mask. Hand sanitisers are provided.
The Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1, T2 & T3 is located at 234 Bath Road, Hayes, UB3 5AP