In June we are taking the Rick Steve's 14 day tour of Europe (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France), then travelling on our own to London. I assume a Covid test is required prior to our flight to USA. How / where can an approved Covid test be received in London? Is there a cost? Do I need to pre-schedule?
Yes, a covid test is currently required one day before departure, but I would not worry about it right now because: https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Delta-confident-end-of-Covid-entry-testing
If the test requirement is not lifted, London being the enormous international city that it is, you will have no trouble finding a Covid test. The cost and whether you can walk in or need to schedule will depend on the test provider. Ask at your hotel, or type "London Covid Test" into Google.
We have traveled to London a number of times during the past two years.
We have had testing at LHR and LCY airports. You can do an online search for their info re pricing and appointments are required. I have also used Boots pharmacy which can be found online and requires an appointment. Airport cost is more expensive than Boots. We returned from London this past Monday. I searched online and found Official Rapid Tests. This is an at home video test for traveling to the US and cost was £25 per test. We downloaded the app on my phone and followed the easy instructions. We each recorded as we took our individual tests and then uploaded it. After 15 minutes we sent a picture of the result and after another 15 minutes a certificate was issued via email. We did not need to schedule an appt. I completed the test first and submitted and then did my husband's. It was very easy. We had the tests sent to our daughter's in London, but perhaps you can have sent to your hotel. There are also private clinics for testing which are more expensive.
While no one can predict the future, the President of Delta Airlines, who has been lobbying since February to get the testing requirement ditched, said this week he believes the pre-flight test requirement will be dropped by the U.S. government in the “near future.” He said feedback he’s now receiving from the White House is positive that the pre-flight testing rule will soon be dropped.
I will be flying back on Virgin Atlantic. The airline has a page for testing and even discount codes for different testing alternatives. I plan to look for a Boots that has open appointments. Otherwise I will go with th Collinson test site at St Pancras.