Heathrow Terminal 5. Pick a Lounge. Any Lounge…
A Celebratory Trip to Chicago
- So, Chicago eh. That’s really different.
- Take the National Express, Manchester Airport, British Airways Terraces Lounge
- BA1385 Manchester Airport to London Heathrow
- T5 – Pick a lounge. Any Lounge – British Airways Galleries South, Galleries T5B
- BA295 London Heathrow T5 to Chicago O’Hare International
- The joy of O’Hare and Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Experiments with a Canon 40mm lens
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Using Amazon out of your home country in a pinch
- Back to O’Hare, The New AA Flagship Lounge
- AA86 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow T3
- Terminal change shenanigans, British Airways Galleries North
- BA1386 London Heathrow to Manchester Airport
- Luggage delivery incompetence, last-minute changes, and CrossCountry Trains home
- Why celebrate?
Coming into Heathrow, I headed off the plane and into the domestic segment of Terminal 5.
Today, I would be swapping planes in Terminal 5 – so as usual – I followed the signs, this time to T5 Transfers. Normally, one would have to walk around the wrekin to get to the transfer area – but there’s a dedicated transfer area from UK Domestic to another T5 flight
My boarding pass was scanned, and I was allowed through this barrier – and too the escalator straight in to T5 North.
Now, that’s what I call a result!
No re-screening needed (as I had cleared an adequate screening process in Manchester).
Once into T5, I did what I normally would do – head to the Galleries Lounge on the South side of the terminal.
Why? Mostly because the Galleries Lounge North is a pile of rubbish and is far too full, but mainly as I had an appointment with Horselamp
Let’s not beat around the bush – the only reason to spend time at Heathrow Galleries is to say hello to the HorseLamp. Anything else is just a bonus.
British Airways Galleries South
I headed into the lounge, and said my greetings to HorseLamp, and headed in for a bit. With time for breakfast, I made a stop by the food station and grabbed a few bacon rolls. I do wish BA would try something different (say… sausages in rolls), but it’s better than nothing.
The next challenge was to find a seat that had power next to it. Whilst I was fine, my laptop (bless it’s electrons) needs a new battery soon, and thus more power.
Except, I wasn’t going to be that lucky today as the power socket was dead. Onto Twitter straight away to “comment” at BA.
— Kevin-Economy&Beyond (@EconomyBeyond) October 4, 2017
Now, we know some days Social Media can be a slow thing. I had a response in a few minutes, and shortly after – the lounge manager coming to pay me a visit.
Well – it seems the team is on point here – very nicely done BA. Now, be a dear and fix those power outlets when I return next please.
As for the lounge – I do prefer Galleries south to Galleries North – there’s a lot more space around, and it feels more welcoming – if a bit dark in places. That, and a bit more dedication to food too.
With time never on my side, I checked out two things – if there was World Traveller Plus space, and where I would be departing.
Whilst there was WTP space, it was 1) overpriced for the 8 hour 40 segment, and 2) the seat next to me was free – which can be filed under “good enough” for the segment.
I also found that I would be departing from T5B. I can count the times I’ve flown out of C, but never B.
That also means there’s another lounge to visit. Yes, there’s a lounge at Terminal 5 I haven’t been in – and that’s the one on the B Pier.
After gathering my stuff together, I headed past Horselamp (who looked waaaaaaaay to happy at me going), and headed to the shuttle transport.
And of course, advertisers were everywhere.
Arriving at the B Pier, I followed the long-standing advice for those who transit Terminal 5 – don’t bother with escalators – take the lift, and I was soon in T5B.
It’s light and airy (like T5A), but if you know where to go, there’s a very quiet oasis there – and it’s the British Airways Galleries T5B Lounge.
British Airways Galleries T5B Lounge
I was welcomed to the lounge, and headed in. And this lounge has one big positive over the other lounges at Terminal 5 – it’s quiet.
It’s a staging lounge for those who have to head over to T5B early for a flight (Like I did), as such, it’s one of the quietest lounges at Heathrow – and thus the most relaxing.
I found a set of sofas to slump in, and fired up Cisco Spark to remotely be insulted by co-workers I left behind. I returned the favour, and also made a quick list of phone calls I’d need to make. With boarding approaching, I refilled the water bottle (trust me – this is a continuing theme of this trip), and headed downstairs to the general waiting area.
Main boarding was close to beginning – always a good start.
I headed to the window to work out what plane we had – and yes – it was a Boeing 747. Sadly – it was missing one thing on it – a Gogo 2Ku WiFi dome. That meant I would be sans connectivity.
Normally, this would be a relief. Sadly, I knew there was stuff to be done on the work server still. Ho hum.
People of course didn’t know what queue to stand in, so there was a delay passing the boarding pass scan. Eventually, I made it to the head of the queue, and passed through.
It was time to board this Queen of the Skies for the long slog over the pond.
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