Pleasure and Business – The Cathay Pacific and American Airlines Lounges at Heathrow
In this adventure…
- Pleasure and Business Mixing things together (again)
- Off to Heathrow
- Cathay Pacific Lounge and the American Airlines Lounges
- AA47 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare, Main Cabin Extra aboard a 787
- US Immigration Adventures
- Intercontinental Chicago North Michigan Avenue
- Deep Dish Pizza fun
- Travel Technology: Canon 40mm F2.8 STM with a Canon 100D
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Back to O’Hare, British Airways Terraces Club Lounge
- BA294 Chicago to Heathrow Airport in World Traveller Plus
- From pleasure to business, BA Galleries South
- BA962 London Heathrow to Hamburg in Club Europe
- IBIS Budget Hamburg
- Currywust Nacht
- Back to Hamburg Airport, Hamburg Airport Lounge
- BA967 Hamburg to London Heathrow in Club Europe
- Pulling it home
- My calf muscles hurt…
The Cathay Pacific Lounge (Heathrow T3 Lounge C)
Hello Heathrow Lounge C…
And hello Cathay Pacific Brushstroke.
With a push of the button, a lift appeared – taking me upstairs and into the lounge area. My boarding pass was blipped, and I was allowed into the lounge.
Regular readers will know I like this lounge a lot. And by a lot, I mean a lot, given the other choices in the airport.
The noodle bar
Seating near the noodle bar
Catering and seating
More relaxing seating
Window seats too.
There’s also nice views over the Heathrow T3 area, as well as out to one of the runways.
British Airways A320
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 taxing past.
Of course, the first thing I did was put in an order for Dan Dan Noodles, a Char Sui bao and a comfortable place.
Because 1) Traditions and 2) Dan Dan Noodles
And of course, a glass of bubbles. I might be in Economy Class, but heck – I’m doing this in some sort of style.
The kitchen crew were quick off the mark and very quickly, my Dan Dan Noodles and Char Sui bun were ready.
Dan Dan noodles
Pork Char Sui Bao.
Bubbles, food and a Cathay Delight.
The bun was steamed nicely, and the Dan Dan Noodles were enjoyable. End of matter. But after finishing the noodles, I wondered – what else is there on the menu that could be nice to nibble.
So, there were Won Ton Noodles. Something to new to try.
Please wait. Noodles Cooking
Aha. Wonton Noodles
The Wonton noodles were lighter than the Dan Dan Noodles, with a pretty light broth. Still very filling.
And there are little details too. Take the chopsticks:
Five sided chopsticks. Cute!
Whilst I could had stayed in the Cathy Pacific Lounge for longer, it made more sense to head to the American Airlines Lounge – mainly as that would be where the boarding call would be made from (and if there was a last-minute change in departure time).
American Airlines Admirals Club (Heathrow T3 Lounge H)
Whilst I’ve been to the Flagship end of the lounge before, this would be the first time I would be going into the main lounge.
No longer for me sadly.
In the lounge, there’s a well-lit space with lots of seats around. This being the morning – it was busy with all the outbound AA flights.
Main catering bar area
Lots of seating. Note power at seat in a lot of cases.
Interestedly, it seems the catering has changed here. I was aware that Rhubarb were catering the AA Arrivals lounge in Terminal 3 – but I didn’t realise they were now catering the main lounges as well
This is a step up, with the food looking to be of good quality for an airport lounge.
Hot items area
Scrambled eggs and Bacon
Tomatoes and hash browns
Sweet treats – always nice to see!
In terms of seating, there’s all sort of seating around – and power everywhere for those who need to charge up items.
It’s the little things that matter when it comes to lounges like this.
Food was an improvement over the previous lounge efforts – with some tasty things to have before boarding a flight. It doesn’t beat the Cathay Pacific Noodle bar, but it’s an improvement for the Heathrow lounge.
And improvements are a good thing.
Boarding was called from the lounge, and with a hike over to Gate 29, it was a bit of a hike to get from the lounge area to the gate – which is on one of the far piers of Terminal 3.
And it didn’t help the moving walkways were out of action. More of annoyance if anything.
rebuilding for your pleasure.
If you have time that is.
Nearing the gate, I spied this… a chance to rip off tourists? It seems so at a silly exchange rate such as this…
Sorry visitors – not my fault.
At the gate entrance, my boarding pass was checked, and after a few more security questions, I was let into the gate lounge.
Boarding was in full swing, so I grabbed a picture of the plane, and headed down the jetway.
The waiting Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
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