LHR: London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 Galleries Club Lounge South

 

NEWS: British Airways have changed catering contracts for the lounges. Baxterstorey have now taken over supplying food in all UK BA lounges. This has resulted in a severe downgrading of the food available. At the British Airways Galleries Club South (Silver) lounge, hot food is no longer available all day. There are just bacon rolls 0500 until 0930, biscuits porridge, toast, croissants and Danish until 12. Until 1500 there are basic 'tray of slops', (Pasta with basil and tomato sauce, Mustard chicken, Beef Bourguinon, Red Thai vegetable curry, and Chilli con carne). These reappear after 1800.

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LHR British Airways Terminal 5A Galleries Club (South) Lounge
The British Airways Galleries Club South lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 is found up the escalators from the intermediate Spa and First level. Turn right and you'll go through the ticket office style desk. This lounge is the main business class lounge, above the First lounge, and it has a great view of the Southern runway. It is however not as big as you'd think - in business a lot of passengers are Gold card holders, so they'd be downstairs.

The Galleries Club gets sofa type benches, as opposed to the armchairs in First, but other than that the differences between First and Club aren't as big as they were at Terminal 1 or 4.

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LHR British Airways T5A Galleries Club (South)

Imagine the British Airways Galleries Club South lounge as one big rectangle, into which you come in half way along, opposite the food section. There are good newspaper racks here. On the left is the main seating area, with posters from BA's past. On the right hand side of the arm there are more seats, in long benches, in a lovely shade of brown - definately a bit retro, but looking a bit dated. However here there is a good view of the main terminal shops, and the Gordon Ramsey restaurant in the distance.

There is a cinema on the left hand side of the lounge, with very comfy seats, and usually it is deserted meaning you can flick the telly onto whatever you want. Past this there is a good coffee house.

There is one main newspaper rack, with pretty much every paper you'd expect in the UK, and some international ones. There are however few magazines.

british airways lounge heathrow terminal 5 South
LHR British Airways Terminal 5A Galleries Club (South) Lounge

Food

Food is in the Chef's Theatre, where you can see the food as it's being prepared in the kitchen, but alas you can't order it. You are stuck with what is on the buffet, but in the mornings it's quite good with bacon rolls and crossants, while by 11am there is a full salad bar.
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LHR BA T5 Club Lounge

Of late, the British Airways Galleries Club South lounge has taken to serving hot food in the evenings between 5pm and 8pm. There is generally a chicken or beef, and rice or pasta.

Bar

There is one main Silver bar in the middle of the British Airways Galleries Club South lounge on the left. It has BA's new signature of a long thin bar with curved round ends - the wine is in the central trough.
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London BA T5A Galleries Club (South)

Against the far wall are six fridges, containing Carlsberg, Heiniken, London Pride and Newcastle Brown, and 13 types of sprits are on the wall. The chairs at the bar are notorious uncomfortable. There is also a wine bar next to the food section, with idential wines to that in the Silver bar, in six silver buckets.

Bathrooms

In lounge. For a shower, go to the Elemis Travel Spa.

Business Facilities

The Work and Entertainment Zone (called W+EZ)is tucked away up beside the cinema. There are 38 computers in the lounge, racked around the walls, and a photocopier in the middle of it. There are also a couple of plasma TVs (showing CNN and the BBC News Channel) up behind the computers.

There is free-wifi in the lounge, and several racks of newspapers with a full selection of the UK's daily papers.

Magazines however are poor.

british airways lounge heathrow terminal 5 South
London British Airways Terminal 5A Galleries Club (South)

Elemis Travel Spa

South Gallery, Mid level
There are full spa facilities in Terminal 5. Sadly no longer Moulton Brown, it's now Elemis which takes over the mantle of providing soothing and pampering.
british Airways lounge heathrow terminal 5 South
LHR BA T5 Club Lounge

And in some style too, with everything from simple showers, to "intensely" (sic) relaxing massage chairs, massages and a range of treatments.

Just ask for the menu of what's on offer. There is even the Spa bar, offering products to keep you feeling great throughout your flight, including tailored prescriptions.

BA LHR T5 Galleries Club Lounge South
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