British Airways Galleries Club (Heathrow Terminal 3)
A Modelling Day out to Barcelona with British Airways
In this madcap day out
- Like I need an excuse to fly for a day out. (I blame my birthday)
- Off to Heathrow
- British Airways Galleries Club, Terminal 3
- BA478 London Heathrow to Barcelona El Prat (Club Europe)
- Into Barcelona on the Aerobús
- Working with a Model on location in Barcelona
- Back to El Prat and the Salon VIP Miro
- BA481 Barcelona to London Heathrow (Club Europe)
- Experiencing Mobility Arrival Services at Heathrow and back up the M40
- Sometimes, The Best Adventures are Shared
Editors note – I’ve had a bit of a break writing and editing over the Christmas and New Year period… mainly to recharge the batteries, but also to sort the photos that were going into this trip report. We’ll be increasing the posts on this next week – so stay tuned for fun… and chaos. Because I know you all love a bit of chaos 😉
British Airways Terminal 3 Lounge
We were welcomed to the BA lounge and directed through the Galleries Business Lounge. Whilst I might be jaded to what I saw in terms of an “its another BA lounge”, my friend’s instant reaction was “WOW”.
And this was from the furnishings to the food to the seating.
We both needed a drink to get started – and her response was “Wait.. you don’t have to pay for drinks?”.
Ah. Looking through the eyes of visiting a lounge through a first-timer. It’s something I take for granted that I can waltz up, grab a drink and food and wander back to my seat to abuse to Wi-Fi. For my friend – this is her first time of taking advantage of such things.
I must admit, that on my Chicago trips, I tend to avoid the British Airways lounge – as there are better options in the terminal normally (such as the Cathay Pacific Lounge) – although this was seemingly better than the American Airlines lounge (which is looking more than a little tired).
And If I wanted to shock my friend, I could have taken her to the Cathay Pacific Lounge. But alas, she wasn’t in the mood for some DanDan noodles.
My mind is still trying to comprehend how someone can’t enjoy noodles and dim sum first thing in the morning.
My friend picked up some porridge to help her settle for the flight. I explored the food selection for myself.
As well as requesting some bubbles. (Pro Tip: If you would like Champagne in BA Galleries Business, you need to request it from one of the house staff).
I grabbed some mini-bacon rolls, hash browns and vegetarian “we’re not actually sure what it is”. Not a bad collection.
She may have had some Baileys…. I might have had a vodka and orange too.
Your mileage may vary.
For both of us, hanging around the BA lounge made sense – it meant we could both relax before the flight, and I could catch up on a little photography of the morning traffic arriving and being towed around the airport.
With boarding time coming up – we exited the lounge.
Thankfully for both of us – there was no long hike over to the gate – as we would be departing from Gate 11.
If you’re not familiar with the lounge complex at Terminal 3, this was as simple as exiting the lounge, and turning right – the gate lounge is directly in front.
It makes a change from the usual hikes into the 20 to 30 gates.
Arriving at the Gate pen, the place was a bit busy. Thankfully, we skipped most of the queues by using priority boarding.
With that, we were allowed into the boarding pen.
There was a short wait, with special assistance passengers and families first. With them cleared, Group 1 was allowed to board
For us – it was time to go board.
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