LHR: London Heathrow British Airways Terminal 5B Satellite Galleries Club
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It's always had a bit of a lost at the end of a long terminal feel, a pit stop before the main event: the flight.
And that's because it is. Most passengers spend much of their time in the main lounges (Gold, South and North) and only make it to the Satellite when their flight is about to depart, popping into the lounge for another quick snifter to prep for the long long haul to New York. You get to the lounge via the escalator in the middle of the terminal, or via the lift, for the lounge is long and thin, occupying much of the top floor of the satellite.
After you enter past the toll booth, there is a small seating area, with computers and showers to your right, and the children's playroom to the left. Ahead, over the other side of the central divide is the food area, a bar, and on the far left lovely squash seats overlooking the great unwashed below.
This is by far the most fun part of the lounge: you can look down on those in the cheap seats underneath you. Power sockets (including 110v ones on US plugs, and 240v on Euro sockets) are in the central island between the seats.
Noticeably there are excellent piles of magazines and newspapers, designed to be taken onto a flight, and also very good computer facilities, called W+EZ (the Work and Entertainment Zone), right by the entrance.
FoodThere is an assumption that you'll already have eaten before you get to this lounge. Sure, there is some food available, but it is nowhere near as good as that in the main lounges.
BarThe bar however is superb: somewhat less wine than in T5 First, but more spirits: again, with the assumption that passengers here are in a rush. There is also a very good coffee bar, and although the machine that makes the coffee is quite noisy, it is very welcome before early morning flights.
Just press the button on the machine, and it makes a half way acceptable black coffee: alas the milk here comes from powder, but if you select no milk, you can then nip around to the fridge to put real milk in.
BathroomsThere is a small Shower section, and there is rarely a queue here, if only because most people use the spa facilities in the main lounge.
Business FacilitiesIf you want a quiet place to work at LHR - head to the Satellite! The W+EZ (the Work and Entertainment Zone) has plenty of computers - which are almost always deserted.
Workstations include a fax, and photocopier.
There if free wifi.
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