London City Airport is one of the smallest airports in the London area. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the most important ones as it is very close to the banking quarters and thus guarantees high yields for the airlines and quick connections for businesmen.
London City Airport is no airport like any else. Due to the heavy restrictions on flight times, the number of flights and space, the airport is not comparable to Heathrow or other airports in the London area.
For example, the biggest airplane with regular services to London City Airport is an Airbus A318. All other planes are small regional jets. Most routes out of London City Airport are operated by British Airways and its subsidies.
Being very small, London City Airport is not exactly a shopping paradise. Yet, the airport is ideal if you need to buy a couple of smaller things like souvenirs or books.
While there are not really any boutiques, there’s a decent choice of different coffee shops, bars and restaurants. As you’d expect, the prices at the City Airport are rather elevated. Nevertheless, you’ll find a good place to grab something to eat or drink prior your departure at London City Airport.
London City Airport is no airport for an overnight stay. There is no seating as such prior to security, thus there’s no place for a nap or something. If you are looking for an overnight stay near the airport, you should book a room at a nearby airport.
The closest options are the Travelodge London City Airport and the ibis London City Airport. Both properties are in walking distance and offer relatively affordable accomodation. You might also opt for staying in the city as many others hotels are not located far away if you use public transportation.
Even though London City Airport is important for business travelers, there’s no airport lounge. There’s only a VIP Terminal of sorts, where you can enjoy special services for a heavy surcharge. For the British Airways flight from London City Airport to New York, there is a temporary buffet in the gate area.
London City Airport may either be reached by taxi or Uber (fares can be between 10 and 70 GBP depending on your destination in the city) or by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The DLR is part of the London public transportation system and allows easy and quick connections into the city. DLR trains run every few minutes and go directly to the ‘Bank’ station, where you can connect to the metro. Prices are reasonable as the London City Airport is still in the city center fare zone.