LHR: London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 Galleries First Lounge

 

british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge
Contrary to expectations, the British Airways Galleries First Lounge is designed for passengers with a Gold executive card - genuine First Class passengers are accommodated in the Concorde lounge upstairs(with access via the hidden white door after Security South). Do not go to the First Lounge with a First Class ticket - you will be directed to the Concorde lounge (which, it must be said, is much better).

The British Airways First Class lounge Heathrow Terminal 5 itself is on the lower level of the lounge complex, at the South side of the building. There are twin desks as you go in - and then you pass the two famous statues of the "horse with the lamp". If you need to know what this is, you have not got a First Class ticket.

The lounge is lovely. It is underneath the Southern Galleries lounge, on the South side of the airport. Do take the time to explore, because there are several bars, and a hidden area down a corridor, plus the famous terrace viewing area and bar. The best impression is the stunning view to the southern LHR runway.

british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge

Starting in the main area oftThe British Airways First Class lounge Heathrow Terminal 5, as you walk in, there is the main rectangular box that has neat, comfortable, armchairs separated by glass panels. Contemporary British Artist Christopher Pearson has created several pieces for the Galleries. These laser etched glass panels were inspired by the four seasons, and describe the growing circle of the English Oak tree.

british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge

If you walk over to the left and through the double doors, you are on the famous First terrace, where you can relax in white smooth leather couches with a glass of champagne. There are two highly prized sun loungers here, right by the door, with a great view, which has to be my favoured place in any of BA's lounges. There is also a fireplace on the terrace, with some very comfortable sofas.

Back in the body of the lounge, down one arm (back behind you as you go in) is the Refectory & Deli.

british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge

The Champagne Bar is tucked away up the corridor to the side (bear right and right again), and is a small intimate space, with small tables around high padded walls, plus sparkling Swarkoski chrystals, but the choice of champagne is restricted to an adequate premium white and rosť blend. There is also the Terrace Bar, on the terrage, overlooking the shops, but oddly here you only get a choice of beer - and it's just BA's standard selection of Carlsberg, Heiniken, London Pride and Newcastle Brown.

There is a Coffee House near the Champagne bar, with pretty good variants of coffee - all machine made of course.

A Kids Zone (designed by El Ultimo Grito) is tucked away past the refectory, offering toys and games for the under fives. There are 20 shower suites beside the Elemis travel spa, outside the lounge.

british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge

Food

The Refectory & Deli are good, but be prepared to be a little bit disappointed about the offered choice of meals, because there is no remarkable difference to the Galleries business lounges. Indeed, compared with the former Terminal 1 First Class lounge food is poor.

It seems, BA twigged that most of the people in First were infact on Gold cards - so they've moved real first class passengers to the Concorde room, with accordingly better food.

Down the Refectory arm (oh, it is so public school) there are three fridges and the main food galley at the bottom. Here you can get a bacon or mushroom roll til Midday, and then either pick at the salad bar, or order from the Menu. If you call over a waitress you can be offered Soup, Ceaser salad, Pasta, Pies, panini, or tarts with veggies.

Bar

There are several bars. The main bar is part of the Wine Gallery, in the centre of the main section overlooking the Southern Runway. Here there are several wines, but they are noticably a bit poorer than of late, with a couple of midling whites and a dodgy red.
british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge

Meanwhile the Gold Bar (for all those Gold executive club members flying on cheap economy tickets) is to the right of the main section.

Here, there are the spirits (on the far wall) with 14 different spirits. Johnnie Walker red (no Blue alas - that's now only in the Concorde lounge) is there, plus Tia Maria, Campari, Southern Comfort, JD, Bacardi, Smirnoff, Martini, and London gin.

Bathrooms

In lounge.

Business Facilities

british airways first class lounge heathrow terminal 5
London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5 First Lounge
The Work and Entertainment Zone (called W+EZ)is tucked away up the corridor to the side (bear right and right again), then left at the Champagne bar.

There are 44 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) next to the screens with departure information.

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

Magazines are much better in First than upstairs in Biz, with Conde Nast traveller and Wallpaper among the selection.

Flying on the British Airways A380
British Airways A380 Seat Map

Interactive colour seating chart for
British Airways Airbus A380
Pictures and reviews of every seat for the BA A380.
Video of the British Airways LHR First Lounge
British Airways LHR First Lounge
British Airways Lounge rated: 6 out of 10
from 25 visits by loungeindex taking 2 images.
 
View Photo Gallery
 

Loungeindex Home • Airreview Home •  TheFlyerHub • Privacy Statement • Contact