We took the tube to Heathrow from The May Fair hotel at 06:00 in the morning and made it to the airport at about 07:00 for our 09:35 flight to Edinburgh. We had to go about two levels up to the main departures area and quickly found the premium check-in areas, our boarding passes were issued and we were invited to use the Fast Track security lane that is located right behind the check-in counters.
The security staff at Heathrow aren’t the nicest and I had to get my bag searched, twice. Why? Because they like to apparently discriminate based on age. How do I know this? Well they literally swabbed everything for drugs, every single pocket, every compartment, every clothing item. Everything. I could tell they were doing this and told the lady about it, however she completely ignored me and kept swabbing. Security literally took twenty minutes.. and there were only two people ahead of us!
Since I’m oneworld Sapphire, we were invited to use the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge in Terminal 5, from what I could tell (by the signs), there were two Galleries Club Lounges – North and South, we went to the South lounge.
I was finally able to catch a glimpse of the infamous BA ‘horse lamp’ in front of the lounge.
Our boarding passes were scanned and we were welcomed into the lounge quickly, at first it was a bit hard to find an open area to sit down, however as time went on the lounge seemed to actually get empty – presumably because of all the morning flights departing. We spent a total of about one and a half hours in the lounge since we arrived a bit early than needed at the airport.
My general impressions of the lounge is that it is nice, just a bit tired. You could tell some of the furniture was old and the lounge didn’t have the most modern design to it, however we still enjoyed our stay.
The lounge is massive and stretches across the highest floor of the terminal, I don’t find it surprising that it is so huge since the majority of passengers have access to the Galleries Club lounge. There were different types of seating areas spread throughout the lounge – most consisted of comfortable, relaxing chairs.
There are several coffee/tea/cookie areas throughout the lounge in that passengers don’t need to walk all the way to the main food area (by the entrance) to grab something to drink. There are also a few bars spread throughout the lounge.
There is a (rather small) business centre located in the corner of the lounge, which no one was using.
The main food area is right behind the lounge’s entrance and consists of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and various types of food.
Since it was early in the morning, the breakfast spread was out and consisted of bread, cereal, fruit, warm food, yogurt, etc.
The views from the lounge were awesome, we were lucky to have grabbed a ‘window’ seat and I watched planes take-off and land for a good portion of our time there.
We also asked for some champagne since it wasn’t self-serve.
My breakfast consisted of some fruit, cereal, bread, champagne, and juice, I also had some tea.
To sum it up, we had a pleasant stay at the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge at Heathrow airport and while it was a bit crowded, we were still able to enjoy the lounge and consume a nice breakfast. While the lounge looks a bit old, most areas and seats are still in acceptable condition. The food spread was ok and the selection of drinks was extensive. We left the lounge about five minutes before scheduled boarding time and made it to the gate about ten minutes after leaving the lounge.