London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 has arrived in style after 18 months of development and a £40 million face lift, with a supermodel mascot in the shape of Laura Bailey as the airport’s first ever ‘style hunter’. It’s unsurprising that the airport has now become Britain’s most inviting entry point for foreign visitors. It’s about time we rolled out the red carpet for the super rich. According to recent reports, Britain’s 1,000 richest families have a combined wealth of £518.975 billion and it seems like they’re always in the mood to splash some cash – well according to Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea anyway.
Britain is struggling to cope under its mountainous personal debt and rivers of recession but it seems our airports aren’t suffering, as their tax free shopping has now become a haven for the fashion-conscious traveller with deep pockets. If you’re wondering what brands will feature in T5’s new shopping centre slash airport terminal then think Westfield’s fashion village. That’s right, 22 fashion and luxury brands are represented, including all the staples such as Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, and Cartier among others, and if you fancy an afternoon tea, then Fortnum & Mason will indulge every whim. Well that’s what Laura Bailey did, naturally I might add.