Our trip to London for Thanksgiving week provided two opportunities to visit the British Airways London Heathrow Terminal 5 Galleries First Lounge. My September and October trips around Europe included several visits to the British Airways T5 North Galleries Club lounge.
Just like when flying, there are several different lounge classes at London Heathrow and you need the proper status or ticket type to access these lounges. British Airways LHR lounges.
Concorde Room is for passengers holding First Class tickets. Not mentioned on this chart (info is on webpage linked above) is the Terminal 5 Arrivals lounge. Arrivals Lounge is not accessible unless flying First Class or Club World ticket on international long-haul or hold British Airways Gold membership. Arrivals lounge is not open to Oneworld Alliance Emerald members, unless you hold a Club World or First ticket.
British Airways Galleries First Lounge
British Airways Galleries First Lounge is located in Terminal 5A South. Our flight from LHR to Stockholm departed from a gate directly below the BA Galleries First Lounge. Access is limited to passengers holding a First Class ticket or Oneworld Emerald members, which is the status I have as an American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum member.
Newspaper wall in British Airways LHR T5 Galleries First Lounge
Breakfast in British Airways First Lounge
During my last trip to London Heathrow Terminal 5 in October as a newly upgraded AAdvantage Executive Platinum, I spent time in the Galleries Club lounge at Terminal 5A North. This lounge was always crowded during my several visits and finding a seat was challenging at times. I stopped by the Galleries First Lounge before boarding my flight to San Francisco. There were two things about the lounge I quickly noticed:
- The food items were the same as in both lounges. The drink looked the same to me. At least there was no difference in canned beers.
- Galleries First lounge had less than half the seating occupied compared to the heavily crowded Galleries Club lounge.
This trip we were in the Galleries First lounge on two different mornings for breakfast. Finding a breakfast table was a challenge both times. We ended up sharing a table with a solo diner on our second trip when we had only about 20 minutes to eat before boarding our flight to San Francisco.
Galleries First lounge offers a menu selection for cooked to order dining, in addition to the buffet. Ordered meals include items like boiled eggs with toasted soldiers. I had to do a web search to learn toasted soldiers are pieces of sliced toast. Also on the breakfast menu were porridge, eggs benedict, eggs and Scottish kippers (fish), a breakfast sandwich and fried eggs.
British Airways galleries breakfast buffet
There are several areas in the lounge with alcohol. Procuring alcohol is much easier than accessing food during the times we were in the lounge. Like most of the lounge guests, we were not drinking alcohol before 7am in the morning and spent our time in lines for breakfast foods, coffee, juice and water.
My main complaint about the BA lounges is there are no bottled beers offered and no beer taps. All beer is in cans and minimal selection with Heineken and London Pride being the premier beers available.
Plenty of cookies and potato chips around the lounge.
There is a kids room with TV, computers and games near the food tables.
Overall, British Airways Terminal 5A Galleries First lounge is a comfortable place to hang out while waiting for a flight. The space is far less crowded than the Galleries Club lounges. I find their beer selection lacking and the absence of any bottles of beer a disappointment. Wine and spirits drinkers will probably find the selection adequate for most desires.
London for Thanksgiving
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- AA LAX Flagship Lounge Monterey MRY–London LHR trip report
- Remembering London
- IHG Rewards Club made Thanksgiving in London affordable
- Bed time at InterContinental London Park Lane
- Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park
- Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
- Holiday Inn London Heathrow T-5
- British Airways handbag only fares
- British Airways London Heathrow T-5 Galleries First Class Lounge