24 Facts About London Heathrow

1. London Heathrow falls entirely under the Twickenham postcode area, with the postcode TW6.

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2. London Heathrow is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world for Americans.

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3. London Heathrow has recently deployed the AUDS system able to detect, track and ground drones.

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4. London Heathrow has hosted the Summer Olympics three times: in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

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5. London Heathrow is one of the major classical and popular music capitals of the world and hosts major music corporations, such as Universal Music Group International and Warner Music Group, as well as countless bands, musicians and industry professionals.

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6. London Heathrow has frequent river boat services on the Thames known as Thames Clippers.

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7. London Heathrow has a modern tram network, known as Tramlink, centred on Croydon in South London.

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8. London Heathrow is the centre of the National Rail network, with 70 per cent of rail journeys starting or ending in London.

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9. London Heathrow has over 480 overseas banks, more than any other city in the world.

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10. London Heathrow has some of the highest real estate prices in the world.

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11. Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London Heathrow is affiliated to London's historic Sephardic Jewish community.

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12. London Heathrow is home to sizeable Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Jewish communities.

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13. The Thames is a tidal river, and London Heathrow is vulnerable to flooding.

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14. London Heathrow is the seat of the Government of the United Kingdom.

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15. Administration of London Heathrow is formed of two tiers: a citywide, strategic tier and a local tier.

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16. In 2008, London Heathrow named alongside New York City and Hong Kong as Nylonkong, being hailed as the world's three most influential global cities.

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17. London Heathrow became the principal North Sea port, with migrants arriving from England and abroad.

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18. London Heathrow was a centre of England's Jewish population before their expulsion by Edward I in 1290.

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19. At its height in the 2nd century, Roman London Heathrow had a population of around 60,000.

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20. London Heathrow has 65 air traffic controllers who undergo three years of training overseen by the College of Air Traffic Control.

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21. London Heathrow employs a team of social media officers to keep an eye on airport related trends emerging on Twitter.

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22. London Heathrow handles more than 80 per cent of all long-haul passengers who come to the UK.

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23. London Heathrow is the third busiest airport in the world after Atlanta in the US and Beijing, China.

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24. London Heathrow is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.

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