Early flights almost always mean spending a fortune on an expensive taxi to Luton airport. Until now that is. Addison Lee are here to offer a more comfortable, reliable and safe option. And we can save you up to 30% off the cost of a black taxi. 40 miles from London, Luton airport is a bit of a rogue outpost. The kind of place you visit with one eye on your next destination. But what most passers through don’t realise is Luton Airport is actually situated in a rather picturesque part of Bedfordshire. Which is why we’ve asked our local Luton airport taxi drivers for their advice on the best places to stay, eat and relax before takeoff. So you can travel with all the peace of mind you need before your flight. And for those of you who get a little panicked about making it to the airport on time, relax! When you give us your flight number as part of your booking we’ll keep an eye on your journey so you don’t have to. That means checking where you’re departing from, at what time and even at which gate (if one’s been assigned yet). Flight’s been delayed? Chances are we’ll know before you do. And because we don’t want you waiting around in the terminal all day, we’ll let you know with plenty of time. So you can go and relax. Safe in the knowledge you’ll never miss your flight.
Where to drink
White Horse Tea Greean
If you’re stuck near luton Airport and are getting thirsty, but rather not pay the exorbitant rates of the airport bars, why not try the White Horse. A relatively traditional pub, it has been jazzed up a bit to feel more welcoming. We like it because it’s family friendly without losing its feel as a proper pub. Also it’s close enough to the airport to be convenient, while being far enough away that you don’t feel like you’re on an industrial estate.
The Bright Star
Solid boozers don’t some much more solid than the Bright Star. Part of the McMullen Chain, it suits their down to earth and friendly vibe. This pub is popular with both plane spotters and local drinkers. Fancy it ain’t but it’s a equally well suited to the summer (for its garden) or the winter (for its log fire). A very British establishment if we do say so ourselves. Plus it’s very close to Luton airport.
We’d be remiss not to include one of Luton airport’s actual bars so we’ve thrown in Est Ba. Luton isn’t a massive airport by any stretch of the imagination so bars are fairly thin on the ground. So it’s no surprise there’s limited seating & it’s usually crowded. Yes, it’s far too expensive but the choice of drinks is decent and no-one will look twice if you decide to knock back a glass of prosecco before midday. What more can you really ask for?
Where to eat
Auberge Du Lac
Keeping the decadence going is another restaurant located on the grounds of a stately home. Tucked away in the former hunting lodge of Brocket Park, the Auberge is a one time Michelin Star holder (tough crowd to please) that serves up a 5 star French dining experience. It’ll take you about 20mins to get here in a taxi from Luton airport but my word, is it worth it. If the weather’s nice we recommend you try and get a table by the river. Al fresco never tasted so good.
Brocket Hall, Welwyn AL8 7XG
You can’t mention the Luton Hoo without tipping your hat to its almost indescribably opulent restaurant. Named after a man who made his fortune in diamonds, The Wernher looks like something out of a glitzy French period piece. Glittering chandeliers and flowing curtains really help the room sparkle, while the food is nothing short of exquisite. Described as British cuisine sourced exclusively from local farms, it has two AA Rosettes.
The Mansion House, Luton Hoo Estate, LU1 3TQ
Dialling it down a touch (but not too much) is the Brasserie Azure. Also set in one of our recommended hotels (The Leaside). Casual Mediterranean dining that is designed to please all with its more laidback approach to food. You can opt to eat your meal à la tapas or mezze route. Or if you prefer to keep things more traditional, you can just two-course it like a true Englishman. Not too far from the airport – you’ll need to get a taxi though.
72 New Bedford Rd, LU3 1BT
Where to stay
Everything about the Icon screams airport hotel. And while that may sound a bit depressing to some people, to others it’s a kitsch dream. And yet, while their design efforts may be a little misguided, you can really tell they’ve tried. The Icon is clean, comfortable and ultimately amenable. Ensuite bathrooms, wifi & flatscreen TVs all come as standard. And the bar & restaurant serve great Italian food. Rooms start at £70 p/n.
Venture a short three mile taxi ride away from Luton Airport and you’ll find this rather lovely boutique hotel set in a stunning old Victorian villa. With 22 individually crafted bedrooms, the Leaside don’t do ‘standard’ and yet they’re pretty reasonably priced all the same. Their bar and restaurant both spill out onto the welcoming terrace and gardens so if it’s sunny, you can relax in style. Rooms start at a not terrible £81 for the night.
Luton Hoo & Golf Spa
We’ve had the bargain hotel, we’ve also seen the boutique. What about the luxury? The absurdly named Luton Hoo may sounds like a posh nickname but like all things decadent, this place doesn’t concern itself with your opinion. 5 Star from the bottom to the top, the hotel is set in a Grade II listed mansion.The grounds have a spa, golf course, shooting range and an excellent restaurant (see below) and bar. Rooms begin at £201 p/n.