Trip Report: British Airways Galleries Lounge London

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Introduction
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After we deplaned at LHR’s Terminal 5, we began the process of transferring to Terminal 3, from which our flight to Vienna would be operating out of. Since almost everything that can be wretched at LHR is wretched, I was afraid that connecting between terminals was going to be so as well. I was proven wrong.

After we took the train from the T5 satallite we arrived at to the main terminal building, we headed down the hallway marked for connecting passengers. I thought we would have to do security in Terminal 5, which always sucks– the lines are long and the employees are unfriendly and overly paranoid (who knew liquids in legal quantities put in their own bag in a bin by themselves were still suspicious?). However, I was soon relieved when I found out that we would go through security at T3, which at least had the promise of being a little better, given that it’s a smaller terminal.

We headed down to the ground level, still following the signs for connecting passengers, where we reached the bus that would be taking us to T3. The terminals at Heathrow are connected by buses that run on roadways and tunnels on or under the tarmac, which afforded some great views of aircraft parked at their gates.

BA Aircraft as viewed from the T5-T3 bus

BA Aircraft as viewed from the T5-T3 bus

BA aircraft as viewed from the T5-T3 bus

BA aircraft as viewed from the T5-T3 bus

The busride was about ten minutes from T5 to T3, and we soon arrived at our terminal. Once we got there, we followed the signs for connecting passengers until we reached the security checkpoint. There was nobody in line, which I found super exciting, given that, well, we’re at Heathrow, and the lines at T5 are often insanely long. We were through in two minutes.

After this, we headed over to the British Airways counter and got our boarding passes printed. We were processed by a super friendly BA agent, and soon headed up towards the BA Galleries lounge.

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The lounge is located Zone F of Terminal 3, meaning you should follow the signs for an “F Lounge” (not to be confused with a first class lounge). We did so and soon arrived at the lounge.

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We had our boarding passes scanned and we soon were inside. And boy, was it packed. There were people everywhere, to the point where there actually wasn’t anywhere to sit. I don’t understand how to security line was so empty but this place was filled to the brim.

There wasn’t much in the way of food– there was some hot soup and cold sandwiches, along with some pastries, but that was about it. The lounge was starting to disappoint me, and that’s coming from someone who had liked basically all Galleries lounges he came across until this one.

However, the lounge did have good windows and was awesome for planespotting (note that I’m leaving out some of the most interesting stuff I saw, given that I’ll have a gigantic LHR planespotting series posted soon, and I want some of the most awesome things to be a surprise).

Middle Eastern Airlines A320 taking off from LHR

Middle Eastern Airlines A320 taking off from LHR

Virgin Atlantic A340 at LHR

Virgin Atlantic A340 at LHR

BA 777 at LHR

BA 777 at LHR

SAS 737 in Star Alliance livery

SAS 737 in Star Alliance livery

After being in the lounge for a short while, we decided to leave and head over to the Admiral’s Club, to see how good it was.

It is safe to say that this lounge was a disappointment. There was barely any hot food (only soup) and the lounge was full to the brim. I actually don’t understand why that is– there aren’t that many BA flights which depart from Terminal 3. I have been to the Galleries Lounges in T5, where the vast majority of BA’s insane number of flights depart from, and they seem much less full than the one in T3. I would recommend avoiding this lounge and– for reasons you’ll read about in my review of it– heading to the Admirals Club.

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Alex
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