London Luton airport is the major airport in the London region area showing the fastest growth in passenger numbers. With the London 2012 Olympics fast approaching, that growth is likely to accelerate still further.
The airport will also play host to Olympic London Ambassadors, who will welcome travelling athletes and other important guests. Already a key London travel hub, London Luton Airport will gain even more prominence during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Being so close to London, and with its superb rail links, the airport is one of the most convenient portals to get to the Games in world-beating time.
But you will not want to rush through the airport when there's a great range of tax and duty-free shopping to take advantage of first. Your initial port of call after passing through security should be The Travel Galleria. Which has an extensive range of leading brands across fragrances, spirits, clothing, sunglasses and watches. For perfumes, expect prestige brands such as Chanel and Clarins. In clothing, you will find brands such as Ben Sherman and Lacoste. The store also stocks a wide range of major brand name liquors, such as Baileys, Smirnoff, Absolut and Jack Daniel's. These are duty free to travellers flying beyond the EU, but if you are flying within the EU, though, don't despair, The Travel Galleria also boasts an extensive great-value range for you too.
For anyone who loves quality browsing, there's a nice shopping trail from The Travel Gallery. Dixon's is next door; perfect for the latest Nikon or Sony digital camera for your trip, or the latest gadget from Apple. Next door again is JD Sports, which carries the hottest sports fashions around, including exclusive lines from Nike, Converse, K-Swiss and more. One more shop down and it is probably time to sit down. Well, how else are you going to try on some fabulous footwear in the airport's new Kurt Geiger store? Sex in the City it up with Jimmy Choo, DKNY, Patrick Cox and Carvela. While there's no catwalk at London Luton, it does have an impressive runway.
All you need now is a pair of stylish sunglasses and your outfit will be complete, so head over to the Sunglass Hut and pick up some shades from Polaroid, Ray-Ban, Gucci, Oakley or D&G. There's sure to be something to suit you, and that sums up the tax-free shopping experience in London Luton Airport, too.