Overnight layovers in London – Sleep easy at YOTELAIRKollecting Koordinates - overnight layover in London 1

This was our third time with an overnight layover in London; making it our third sleep at YOTELAIR. We usually avoid lengthy layovers like a plague but we don’t mind them in London thanks to this innovative airport hotel! With two locations, one inside Terminal 4 at Heathrow and another inside the South terminal at Gatwick, YOTELAIR has become our new best friend in London.

Read more: Walking guide – How to see London in 24 hrs

Overnight layover in London at YOTELAIR

Just imagine rolling out of bed, pressing the UP button on the elevator, and scanning your boarding pass for security clearance for an early morning flight within minutes. Or getting off the plane after an exhausting flight, and being able to hop into a comfy bed right away.

Similar to the capsule hotels in Japan, YOTELAIR is where innovation meets comfort. The space is smartly designed so that you’ll find everything you need in a cabin that’s no larger than 110sqft. Every inch of space is used for something, like luggage storage underneath beds.

Our Premium Cabin came with complimentary WiFi, a foldout desk, flat screen TV, and en-suite bathroom with monsoon shower. With a touch of a button, the convertible SmartBed glides to any position to work, lounge, or sleep.

Note: Standard cabins are also available for solo travelers.

YOTELAIR is not only convenient for those with an overnight layover in London, but also travelers with connection times of awkward lengths. Booking is available by the hour, with a minimum stay of 4 hours.

Read more: Viewing London from 800ft above the ground

Having stayed at both locations, we prefer Gatwick just a tad more simply because of the gentlemen at the Mission Control (YOTEL talk for reception desk). This is where you can order complimentary hot drinks and bottled water 24/7. What’s impressive is that we found their service to be on par with hotels that are 4-star or higher- perhaps even better than some!

Other Tips and Info

  • Rates start at £49.00+ for a minimum stay of 4 hours, and £95.00+ for stays longer than 12 hours.
  • Bottled water, espresso coffee, tea and hot chocolate are free all day!
  • Food can be ordered at Mission Control- staff will bring your meal to your cabin when it’s ready.
  • For more information and current promos, check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Disclaimer: We were invited guests at YOTELAIR Gatwick. However, all opinions and experiences are honest and our own. We wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves! 

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Viewing London from 800ft above the groundKollecting Koordinates - Best view of London 11

With fewer than 24 hours to spare, we were on the hunt for the best view of London. We saw a few of London’s famous sites from the ground level the last time we were there. This time we kicked it up a notch and saw London from the 72nd floor!

The Best View of London: The View from the Shard

At 800ft above the ground, The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building. It’s the only place where you’ll be able to enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of London, all at once. These views stretch for a whopping 40 miles! The View from the Shard is London’s twist on ‘Where’s Waldo’, where visitors find and spot London’s most iconic sites including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.

There are two bars, allowing you to enjoy London’s stunning skyline over a drink or two. A glass of Champagne Lanson is included in your entrance fee when you purchase the Champagne Experience. Whether you’re visiting from abroad or a local looking for a fancy night out, there’s no better place to see the best view of London. The Shard even offers a private proposal service!

Our visit to The Shard was graced with clear skies and amazing visibility for great photo ops. It felt like the platform was swaying at times but it was probably my mind playing tricks on me since I’m terrified of heights. Anything for the ‘gram, though, right?

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changing elevators at level 33

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bar on the open-air skydeck

free audio & visual guides available in different languages on level 69

Tips on getting the best view of London

  • Use a polarizing filter to help suppress glare and reflections.
  • Take advantage of the free audio and visual guides; you can find these on the 69th floor.
  • It can get chilly on the open-air sky deck. Layer up if you’re not visiting in the summer time.
  • The ‘Day & Night Experience’ dual entry lets visitors experience London’s skyline both during the day and at night.
  • Book in advance to save money!
  • Don’t miss the washroom on the 68th floor- toilet views don’t get any better than this!

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Other tips and info

  • Tickets are £15.95+ per adult and £9.95+ for children if booked in advance, or £20.95+ per adult and £14.95+ for children if booked on the day
  • The nearest tube station is London Bridge
  • Summer hours of operations are from 10AM – 10PM all week. Winter hours are from 10AM-7PM (Sunday to Wednesday), and 10AM-10PM (Thursday to Saturday).
  • For more information and upcoming special events, check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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Disclaimer: AS and I received complimentary media passes for our visit. However, all opinions and experiences are honest and our own, and we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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Walking Guide: How to see London in 24hrsKollecting Koordinates - London

Here’s a 1 day stress-free and budget itinerary for those that only have a short stopover in London. By that I mean no tight schedules, no fees or lines at attractions- just a relaxing stroll in the park, stuff your face kind of day.

We’re not museum people. All we wanted to do in London was see all the major sights and eat; so we did just that. If you love taking your time at art galleries, parks, or museums, you’ll want to skip this. But if you love eating and admiring beautiful architecture like us, this the perfect itinerary is for you!

Because you’ll be outdoors for the whole day until the sun sets, you’ll see the beautiful city transform as it lights up in color. Extra points for burning off that delicious English breakfast you’ll be eating for brunch!

Route Map

  • Brunch in SoHo
  • Walk to Trafalgar Square
  • Head towards Buckingham Palace
  • Head towards Big Ben via Birdcage Walk
  • Cross Westminster Bridge and continue to London Eye
  • Walk along the South Bank
  • You’ll come across Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Arrive at Tower Bridge
  • Hop on the tube from London Bridge station and take the Northern Line towards King’s Cross
  • Dinner at Dishoom (highly recommend it!!)
  • Make a stop at Platform 9 ¾ if you’re a Harry Potter fan!

 

Picadilly Circus station

Picadilly Circus

Streets of London

Streets of London

Big Ben

Big Ben against the beautiful blue sky!

London Eye

London Eye from the Westminster Station exit

London Eye

London Eye from Jubilee Park

Millenium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance

Tower Bridge

Our romantic stroll down the South Bank ended at the beautiful Tower Bridge all lit up!

Dishoom brunch

The best brunch ever… Dishoom!

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We didn’t make stops at Trafalgar Square or Buckingham Palace since we didn’t arrive in London until 3 in the afternoon. We also didn’t have time to visit King’s Cross until the morning just before our departure flight back home. Assuming you follow the above itinerary, the walking time from SoHo to Tower Bridge will take about 1 hour and 50 minutes. That’s plenty of time for you to take it slow! This journey obviously wouldn’t be very pleasant if it were raining, but we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day.

 

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