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With Terminal 4 opening up again, Hilton London Heathrow Airport looks to the future of the venue.

The spectre of Covid-19 and its impact on the travel and hospitality industries is finally receding and if further evidence were needed, Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport will finally reopen its doors on 14 June.

While the announcement is good news all round, it’s particularly significant for the multi- award- winning Hilton London Heathrow Airport – a stone’s throw away from the terminal.

The hotel has always been much more than a mere destination for weary travellers to lay their heads after a long flight or for a convenient base before heading off to an international destination.

It’s also a great option for MICE, with flexible spaces, a convenient location and some surprise features which give it the real wow factor.

While the hotel may have been shut during lockdown, the closure time was put to good use, with a huge £3.2m renovation which includes a revamp of many of the public spaces.

The result is a hotel which can now offer a range of spaces suitable for groups up to 300, as well as a host of dining options under the Hilton OXBO banner.

Those spaces include the Concorde Atrium which has floor-to-ceiling windows allowing in lots of natural light. This 125sqm open space is incredibly versatile and delivers a unique point of difference.

For seven years on the trot, the hotel was named Europe’s Leading Airport Hotel at the World Travel Awards, and has just been nominated for the eighth time for 2022, as well as previously taking the title of World’s Leading Airport Hotel for four years.

A few years ago, the Hilton unveiled its beach terrace, a perfect (‘get away from it all’) spot without any need to get away from it all.

It’s an extremely popular place for informal gatherings after the day’s meetings or presentations, or even for a breakout session on a sunny day. Its versatility has been much appreciated by events organisers who have found it well-received by attendees.

To strengthen its offering further to MICE organisers, the hotel is also now launching its own team-building activities portfolio, with an eclectic mix of options which show there is really something for everyone.

From bootcamps to yoga sessions, from Tai Chi to fun with inflatables, events can be tailored to fit the occasion or the required outcome.

The food offering comes with the same degree of flexibility, including beach-style barbeques on the outside terrace.

Oliver Stockland, area general manager for the Hilton London Heathrow Airport, believes the hotel has something unique to offer. He said: “We are very proud of what we have to offer at the hotel, including being part of Travel with Purpose which allows organiser to ensure their events are also socially responsible,” he said.

“It not only means that we can help deliver memorable events, but that they also have a positive legacy.”