French pastry house Ladur

By John Walton, April 13 2011
French pastry house Ladur

Flying through British Airways' Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport? Pick up some mouthwatering French pastry goodies at the new Ladurée patisserie and be the envy of everyone within sniffing distance on your flight.

Famous Parisian bakers Ladurée have brought a carrosse -- that's French for "coach", since their little stand is shaped like a fairytale French carriage -- to London, matching their existing stand in Paris' Orly airport. Orly is the smaller cousin to the larger Charles de Gaulle. 

Unfortunately, Qantas passengers on the long flights back to Australia are out of luck, because the Red Roo flies out of Terminal 3. (You can, of course, head to the other two Ladurée shops before heading to the airport, both of which are close to the Tube line serving Heathrow: at Burlington Arcade near Piccadilly Circus or the Ladurée tearooms at Harrods near Knightsbridge.) 

But if you're connecting from a Qantas flight to BA through Heathrow to another European airport, you'll most likely be flying through of Terminal 5, so allez-y to the carrosse.

Picking up something to eat at the airport is a particularly good idea when flying within Europe, because the options on board are usually limited -- and not exactly gourmet experiences anyway. 

You certainly couldn't say that about Ladurée's pastries. Their signature macarons come in delicious flavours, from caramel with salted butter to orange blossom, blackcurrant violet, rose and Madagascar chocolate.

That beats a packet of peanuts hands down.

No word yet as to whether Ladurée will be making an extra-large Air France A380 macaron with a little bit of the corner knocked off.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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