Picking the OH up from Heathrow at the weekend, does anyone know of anywhere I can hang round (without arousing suspicion) that's no more than 20 minutes away? Want to be able to wait for a call from OH saying he's at baggage claim and then just drive and pick up [tightwad emoticon]
drive-thru mcdonalds next to renaissance hotel on A4 Bath Road?? You can even treat to yourself to a happy meal while you wait They had parking spaces as well last time i went and is no more than 10mins away if not rush hour. Then more like 15mins.
google map that, next to Total garage. Not sure how good for T5 but DH used to park up there when he was a chauffeur doing airport runs. Make sure you buy something though, they are tight as an ducks arse about dodgy parking!
Bluewater's still a fair distance from Stansted, maybe an option if you're coming from that direction anyway. I'd spend the day (presuming it's 8 hours of daytime) in Cambridge as that would minimise the driving for me.
For Heathrow, if it's a nice day you could go to the lovely parks / grounds at Savill Gardens or round Virginia Water www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/ - £8.50 to wander round the Savill Garden itself, or free to go to their lovely cafe / shop, and free to walk round the huge Royal Landscape gardens. Park in the Savill Garden car park (does cost to park though). There's also a pub on the corner of Wick Road and Wick Lane (look on the map on the link above) called the Balliwick in case you fancy hanging out there.
All about 20 mins from Heathrow and a very pleasant way of wasting some time (was there just yesterday)