Finding an airport in London is not hard work, especially when there are six to choose from. Some of them you might not recognise but with thousands of flights from London departing and arriving every single day, trying to decide which airport is best definitely seems like a challenge. Here’s a list of airports in London just in case you don’t know them all:

  • London City
  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick
  • London Luton
  • London Stansted
  • London Southend

It’s easy for a lot of people to say that London Heathrow is the worst airport as many people argue that it is operating way above its capacity making the airport experience a hellish one. Trying to decide the best London airport is very difficult, especially when there are so many pros and cons to each airport.


Price is always a good factor when thinking about which international airport in London to fly from. If you look at different flights out of the main airports (Gatwick and Heathrow) you may find a cheaper flight which is great if you’re travelling on a budget.

Surrounding Areas

Are you thinking about getting a hotel overnight if you have a really early flight? Gatwick & Heathrow have great facilities nearby in the surrounding areas including hotels on-site which make travelling in the morning a lot less stressful.

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Ease of Access

Travelling in and out of London can be mayhem, and if you’re looking for a hassle free way of getting in and out of the airport, Heathrow or Gatwick will be your best bet. There are many tubes going to Heathrow and a lot of nearby train stations offer direct services from Gatwick which are quick and inexpensive ways of getting to the airport in time for your flight.

London City is also especially easy to get to with the use of tubes/DLR and purchasing a travel day card or an oyster card will help keep your transportation costs down low.


If you’ve got plenty of option where to fly out from and you’re not 100% fussy on your flight carrier, also look at reviews and awards. Both Gatwick and Heathrow have won awards for “Best Airport” from various award-suppliers. You can also look at other reviews going around, and if you’re keen to find duty free airport shopping deals too, have a look at what each airport has to offer. In 2009 Heathrow was voted “worst airport in the world”  as well as “best airport” a few years back, so be sure to do some research.

It’s important to remember things in your circumstances; some people may have had different experiences because of different flights or airline delays which are not the airports’ fault.

Time to get through the airports

There are many websites that offer average times to get through customs and security in each airport, and generally the smaller the airport the quicker you’ll get through. London City is a lovely small airport with only one terminal which makes it considerably easy to get through the airport and there aren’t any long walks between gates – if getting through the airport quickly is something you’re looking for, London City is the best airport in London for you.

With plenty of option, of course, you’re going to search around for the best London airport for you. Just remember what airport would be best for your circumstances, as other reviews may have different circumstances to yours.