Sil­verKris Lounge, First Class

LON­DON HEATHROW TER­MI­NAL 2B

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Tried & Tested Airport Lounge - Tom Ot­ley

BACK­GROUND

There are two Sil­verKris lounges in Ter­mi­nal 2B at Heathrow, both of which are ap­proach­ing their third an­niver­sary. At re­cep­tion you’ll ei­ther be di­rected to the left for first class or the right for busi­ness class.

W H AT ’ S IT LIKE?

It’s a long walk over to T2B where the lounge is lo­cated, but you can ask for a shut­tle buggy if you need it (and I imag­ine there are plenty of peo­ple who do). Both lounges were de­vel­oped by the in­te­rior de­sign firm Ong&Ong, and fea­ture a “home away from home” theme. There are sev­eral dis­tinct ar­eas for sit­ting, work­ing, din­ing and pri­vacy, and there are a cou­ple of shower cu­bi­cles for pas­sen­ger use at the far end. On en­ter­ing the lounge there’s a seated area to your left par­tially ob­scured by some dec­o­ra­tive batik screens. There’s also a wine counter, which is self-ser­vice, though you have to try hard to serve your­self since the staff are so help­ful.

The main part of the lounge is a sit­ting area, mostly with in­di­vid­ual chairs ei­ther fac­ing into the lounge or to­wards the win­dow. It isn’t a par­tic­u­larly in­no­va­tive or ex­cit­ing de­sign, quite tra­di­tional in fact. In terms of wow, it is well be­hind both the Cathay Pa­cific and Qatar Air­ways lounges at Heathrow. Nev­er­the­less, it has good ser­vice and ev­ery­thing you need, in­clud­ing a good choice of food and wine.

VER­DICT

I was in the lounge for about 90 min­utes be­fore the flight. It was lovely and quiet, with a view over to what was once Ter­mi­nal 1, I sup­pose. There’s cer­tainly a lot of con­struc­tion work go­ing on.

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