LHR: London Heathrow Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

 

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London Heathrow Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
The new London Heathrow Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is now open - and a welcome refreshing new lounge it is too.

First, however, you need to walk to it. And it is some walk. From check-in and through security, you have to walk through the main part of LHR Terminal 2, down a level, down the escalators to the underground tunnel to T2B, up into the satellite, to the top level, along past Boots, and up in the escalator. At the top there is a small corridor, with the reception desk at the far end.

You'll need a drink after that, so as soon as you enter, and admire the large wooden calved maple leaf, turn left to the bar. And it's some bar, well worth the walk, with a barman who will happily mix cocktails for you. Alas, that is also the downside, as you have to wait for him to get a drink - there is no self-service, if you want a Molson Canadian beer.

Also in here, is the main food area, and dining chairs too if you want to stay in the gloom: alas, this part of the lounge has no windows.

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Air Canada London Heathrow Lounge
So carry on anti-clockwise, and there is a corridor behind the maple leaf, which opens up to reveal it is actually the main computer room. There are shelves of newspaper and magazines here too, and stools with play stations.

At the far end is the most cosy seat in the lounge, with a great window view, and nice and enclosed. It is rare to find it unoccupied.

As you carry on round, you then get to the main - indeed, the central - part of the lounge, and lovely bright and clean it looks, even if rather hygienic and sterile.

Great floor to ceiling windows illuminate the space, which also has a vast amount of space - 750 square yards no less - all decked out with Air Canada's new signature light beige swivel seats.

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London Heathrow Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

Long and thin, the lounge has a small raised area accessed via a ramp, and vast floor to ceiling windows. A large model Air Canada Boeing 777 dominates the lounge.

Right at the end of the lounge are some strange triangular benches, and also some reclining seats, which offer a great view of the runway.

Inland for here, and in the dark, is a quiet zone with reclining pods which have small Freeview TV screens, USB ports and Sony noise-cancelling headsets.

The lounge is a vast improvement on Air Canada's old lounge which closed in 2003, and since then Air Canada have shared space with SAS. SAS passengers are now, in turn, given access to the new Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at Terminal 2, but most head to the Lufthansa lounge. With a United and Singapore Airlines lounge too, you could spend all day at T2 lounge hopping.

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Air Canada London Heathrow Lounge

Food

There is a large pre-flight dining area including a cooking station.

Meals are prepared on request - just ask the barman for a menu. There are usually three or four hot dishes on offer.

Alternately, walk up to the bistro dining area where there are hot and cold dishes. The salad is good, with four types of ham, and three bowls of salad. Don't miss out on the coleslaw which seems a cut above the rest. However, cheese is so-so. Also in the fridge are trays of sandwiches. The olives in here are good too.

Further along are four hot tubs. Two contain meat dishes - such as beef or chicken - and two have pasta and rice.

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London Heathrow Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

Bar

The bar has - as you would expect - Molson Canadian beer on draft, plus Carling and Guinness and also oddly Cobra lager. This goes well if with an in lounge curry.

There is wine behind the bar too, with two types of red and white wine, plus a decent sparkling.

Spirits are, in contrast, rather poor. However the barman will mix up cocktails on demand.

There are two bar stools at the bar, where you can watch the huge TV behind the bar if you really want to, but before the evening flights this area gets packed, and bar service can be slow. The real problem is - there is no self-serve bar. You need to stay in the Lufthansa lounge for that.

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Air Canada London Heathrow Lounge

Business Facilities

There is a small business centre at the far end of the lounge, in the strange oval room, with Windows 8 desktops, and a colour laser printer which doubles as a photocopier.

There is free wifi in the lounge, which is fast if not spectacular.

Don't miss the small PlayStation area too, outside the business centre.

There is a magazine rack here too, which unusually for a Heathrow lounge is very comprehensive. Not only are the Canadian daily papers here, but also a fair few magazines you might actually want to read.

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London Heathrow Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

Bathrooms

There are showers, which the Canuck carrier describes as 'spa-inspired'. This means they have large rain-shower heads.

Access

Access is given to SAS and Air Canada passengers in Business Class, plus Star Alliance Gold, and Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K members.

Additional guests may accompany qualifying passengers for London Heathrow Departures lounge cost is 25 (GBP) regardless of how long you spend in the lounge.

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