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Lounge Review: No 1 Lounge London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 3

This lounge is accessible via Priority Pass, and it’s one of the nicest Priority Pass lounges that I’ve been to. You can also buy access if you don’t Priority Pass.

The lounge has pretty swanky furnishings and a number of different rooms and seating areas. It feels more like a hip hotel than an airport lounge, which I guess is what they’re going for.

Seating

Seating

Funk seating

Funk seating

Private rooms

Private rooms

More seating

More seating

More seating

More seating

Children's area

Children’s area

Foosball

Foosball

Work station

Work station

Dining area

Dining area

There’s a buffet with pretty good food options, but there’s also a made-to-order menu. The made-to-order menu isn’t completely complimentary though:¬†you get one item for free off the made-to-order menu, and you otherwise pay as you go. The items off the made-to-order menu are pretty small, so it’s not like one of those items by itself would make a meal.

Food and drink menu

Food and drink menu

Food

Buffet with real food!

Food

Muffins and juices

Carbs

Carbs galore

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Eggs florentine with a twist

Eggs florentine with a twist

One thing that I appreciated about the buffet was that some of the options were like actual food that I might order at a restaurant. Kudos to this lounge for doing something slightly more upscale and refined. The made-to-order items that I’ve had, however, have been merely okay and not as good as one would expect from something that you ostensibly have to pay for in addition to lounge access.

The lounge also has shower rooms and a spa with treatments. I’ve used a shower room before, and it was perfectly acceptable.

Overall, this is a great option for people with Priority Pass or who otherwise don’t have lounge access via status. While the lounge can get a bit crowded, I’d probably choose this lounge above the American Airlines Flagship Lounge or the British Airways Galleries First Lounge, but not above the Cathay Pacific First Class lounge.

Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries First Lounge LHR Terminal 3

I’ve visited the British Airways Concorde Room and Galleries First Lounge in Terminal 5 before. This is a review of the Galleries First Lounge in Terminal 3.

Again, there are three oneworld lounges in Terminal 3: British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and American Airlines. While there’s really no reason to visit the AA lounge, the BA lounge is best if you care about alcohol. I’m not a big drinker myself, but others have told me that this lounge has by far the best selection of liquors.

This lounge is also pretty sizable with a number of different seating areas. Make sure to explore before committing to where you sit. There’s also a small dining room at the far end of the lounge.

Seating

Seating

Work area

Work area

Seating

Seating

Seating

Seating

Seating

Seating

The lounge is an odd combination of self-service and wandering servers who will bring you things. They have menus floating around the lounge, but there’s also a self-service buffet as well as a dining room. I’d probably check out the buffet first to see if that suffices for you and then try asking someone for things off the menu.

Water bar

Water bar

Beverages

Beverages

Liquor

Liquor

Wines

Wines

Champagne bar

Champagne bar

Coffee

Coffee

I don’t think the food options in this lounge are any better than the Cathay lounge. The buffet is a bit larger, and there seems to be more frequent turnover of food, but the selection of items seems more limited to me. In the mornings, it’s a pretty typical English breakfast spread with some more egg dishes on order.

Menu

Menu

Food

Pastries

Food

Cold cuts, cheese, fruit, yogurt

Food

English breakfast hot foods

Food

Porridge and toppings

Food

Dry cereals

Overall, if you want to drink, come to this lounge. Or I guess if you really want kippers or porridge. The lounge is large and can accommodate a lot of people, and it has a designated play area (not pictured here because kids were using it when I visited and I didn’t want to look like a major creeper). On the other hand, the bathrooms are not the cleanest, the food is pretty meh, and the lounge agents seem more interested in watching cricket than serving.

Lounge Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge LHR Terminal 3

Up next in the reviews of Heathrow Terminal 3 lounges is the American Airlines Flagship Lounge. To save you some time, I don’t know why you would come to this lounge unless for some reason you need really fast wifi.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

Honestly, I found this lounge depressing after visiting the Cathay Pacific lounge. The lounge looks old and tired and the lighting doesn’t help. It’s a pretty sizable lounge, but there are also a lot more people, so it feels crowded. What I don’t understand is why so many people come to this lounge because having access to this lounge means you also have access to the British Airways and Cathay Pacific lounges.

Seating

Seating

More seating

More seating

TV room

TV room

Food area

Food area

One benefit of this lounge is that you can stare at American planes from the lounge. And I admit, I do enjoy the AA paint job. There’s also plenty of seating and plenty of outlets, and the outlets are American-style, so you don’t need an adapter for your electronics. The wifi is also blazingly fast for an airport lounge (8.5 Mbps down, 5 up), so this lounge could be good for getting work done.

You can see AA planes from the lounge

You can see AA planes from the lounge

Beverages

Beverages

Wines

Wines

Liquor

Liquor

I like food, and the food in this lounge just seems more meager and less appealing than the food in either the Cathay or BA lounges. They do have a made-to-order menu, but I happened to arrive when they were switching menus, so I can’t comment on the quality of that food. They also have mini muffins for breakfast, which I did not see in the Cathay lounge.

Cookies and snacks

Cookies and snacks

Yogurt and fruits

Yogurt and fruits

Pastries

Pastries

Breakfast sandwiches

Breakfast sandwiches

Brunch menu

Brunch menu

Overall, I found this lounge to be a bit depressing. There’s really not much of a reason to come to this lounge when you have better options so close by.

Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge LHR Terminal 3

There are 3 oneworld lounges in Terminal 3 of London Heathrow, and they’re all pretty close to each other. My personal favorite is the Cathay Pacific lounge, which is reviewed here. (Note that this lounge is currently closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in June 2016)

Entrance

Entrance

The lounge isn’t huge, but I’m impressed by it. In the times that I’ve visited, it’s never been very crowded, so that may have contributed to my positive impressions. But there’s plenty of seating, and it just feels calm and serene.

Window seating

Window seating

Main seating area

Main seating area

Seating

Seating

Seating

Solus chairs

View of the apron

View of the apron

The drink options are extensive for such a physically small lounge. The liquor selection might not be as good as the British Airways Galleries First lounge, but I don’t drink much, so that doesn’t matter to me. What does matter to me is that they have fun non-alcoholic drink options like coconut water, mango juice, and soy milk.

Liquor

Liquor

Beverages

Beverages

Refrigerated beverages (including soy milk!)

Refrigerated beverages (including soy milk!)

The food options are also extensive, and it reminds me of a mini Asian hotel buffet. For breakfast, they have English breakfast items (e.g. baked beans, eggs), a noodle bar, smoothies, congee, pastries, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. So lots of options, even though it’s a small space. The rice pudding I had was delicious, and the dan dan noodles were very peanut buttery, which I liked (even if it’s not authentic).

Written menu

Written menu

British breakfast foods

British breakfast foods

Continental breakfast items

Continental breakfast items

Cereals

Cereals

Pastries

Pastries

As for getting actual work done, there were a decent number of power outlets, and it wasn’t very crowded, so there’s lots of space to spread out. The wifi speed was decent with about 3-4 Mbps down and 1-2 up.

Again, this is my favorite oneworld lounge in LHR Terminal 3. Maybe it’s just because I’m Asian, but I think this lounge has the best food options, and it’s not as crowded as the other oneworld lounges, so it’s the most peaceful and pleasant to just sit in.