British Airways Galleries First Lounge London-Heathrow Terminal 3 – Review

By Paul Riegler on 10 January 2019
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While some view London Heathrow Airport as the epitome of chaos, those in the know see it for what it really is: a massive airport with several fetching oases. One of them is the British Airways Galleries First Lounge in Terminal 3.

After arriving in London at Terminal 5 on a short-haul flight in the airline’s business class, I had over three hours to make my connecting flight on American Airlines to New York so, after taking the in-transit bus from T5 to T3, I headed to the Galleries First lounge in Zone F. The entrance area is shared by the Galleries Business lounge but check-in is to the left, tollbooth style.

Incidentally, for those not traveling in first, it’s also possible to visit the Galleries First lounge if you are a top-tier elite at a oneworld airline, unlike how Star Alliance does it.

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BA promises “an exceptional experience soaking up the best service, outstanding food and the finest wines and champagnes” and generally does deliver.

First, it’s necessary to select which room you want to visit: the possibilities are almost endless and I felt like Goldilocks visiting the house of the three bears. The Champagne Bar? The Gold Bar (next to the Champagne Bar), the largest room, with a massive bar in the center. Perhaps the Work + Entertainment Zone, with workstations and bar stool-like chairs. Or should it be the First Dining Room.

In addition to these rooms, the Galleries First lounge also features the Coffee House, which provides self-service coffee and cappuccino machines and a wide array of Walkers cookies, and the Kids Zone, which offers a wide array of toys, computers, and a (presumably) sound-proofed wall.

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