Bri­tish Air­ways Gal­leries Lounge

Wash­ing­ton Dulles

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED AND TESTED -

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

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