When in doubt, go watch airplanes. Or, in my case, given a rare half day off after crossing the Atlantic, rest in my hotel room and watch the Heathrow departure pattern.
This time around I stayed at the Ibis Heathrow Airport on the northeast corner of the field, just opposite the threshold for 27R. Departures were running to the west on the southern runway (i.e. 9R in use) which meant the planes were a little further away but also that I had some fun opportunities with the foreground as well.
Suffice it to say, while I was tempted by the idea of a nap I managed to avoid it in favor of just watching the planes all afternoon.
As hotels go this one sits squarely in the “cheap and sufficient” category. Small-ish room, friendly staff, decent beers in the lobby bar and a reasonable pub a 15 minute walk up the road; McDonald’s is a bit shorter walk.
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