After a long uneventful flight from Los Angeles I arrived in London’s Heathrow Airport at 12:05 p.m. London time.
While the flight was indeed uneventful, immediately after touching down the flight steward made the following announcement, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a medical emergency on board please remain seated while personnel board the plane to deal with the emergency.” When the aircraft doors opened two armed policemen entered the aircraft and immediately escorted a young man out. Some medical emergency!
While our faux medical emergency was taking place a real emergency was happening on the Terminal 5 runway. A British Airways flight to Olso had to immediately return and make an emergency landing due to smoke coming out of the aircraft. It landed safely and deployed all of the emergency exit chutes but the Terminal had to shut down for some time.
London was rainy and cold (47 degrees) but inside Terminal 1 the atmosphere was festive due to the UEFA Champions League match that London was hosting the following day. Fans for both Bayern Munich and FC Dortmund were arriving and there were some pretty girls from Heinecken dressed in a kind of 60’s Mod Style dresses (with the boots) to meet the arriving VIPS.
I’m staying for one day at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel that is part of the historic St. Pancras Railway Station (see my pictures section), both of which have Landmark status. This ornate Victorian Railway Station and hotel had to be saved from demolition in the 1960’s and laid unused for more than 20 years. After a massive, total, and costly renovation both the station and hotel were brought up to their former glory. St. Pancras Railway Station now is the departure and arrival point for the Eurostar trains that travel to Paris using the Channel Tunnel and that is why I’m here as I’ll be taking that train early tomorrow morning.