British Airways Galleries Lounge
London depart. Take the train to Concourse B and go up to the Concourse Level, and the lounge is straight ahead on the left.
The lounge is open from 2:30 PM until 10:30 PM with Club World pre-flight dining from 4:00 PM onwards. Strangely, First passengers can dine in the Concorde Room earlier, beginning at 2:30 PM.
At 10,000 square feet, the space can accommodate up to 200 guests. Thoughtful design touches and lots of natural light coming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows on one side, and views down to the airport retail level below on the other, make it feel open and elegant.
On arrival, the design is immediately evident, with the BA speedmarque placed against a glistening Giles Miller surface finish to the wall behind reception. There’s a space for storing your larger luggage items to one side of the elevator and then you walk into the lounge.
Immediately to your right is a sitting area and then the reception for the the Concorde Dining Room, which has an ample wine gallery behind and its own separate bar. You can only go into the Concorde Dining if you are flying First or are a guest of someone flying First, so don’t try waving your Gold or Emerald card around. It won’t help.
As for the rest of the lounge, it’s a combined business and First experience so there are no other restrictions for gold or silver card holders.
Keep walking and you get to the entrance to the Club World dining area which also doubles as a snack and drinks area for those not wanting a full meal, or who arrive before the pre-flight dining is open. The Club World pre-flight dining area has large windows, a good collection of food and several different seating areas.
I didn’t see the showers, but BA describes the shower suites as“equipped with the very latest in Raindance technology from Hansgrohe with a jet that feels like a lush shower of rain.”
Further along the corridor, there’s a work area with internet-linked PCs and printer, with plenty of plugs. There are also power points close to most of the seats in the lounge. Further along still, there is another drinks area, a second newspaper and magazine stand, and then a