Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries Business Class Lounge North at London Heathrow

Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries Business Class Lounge North at London Heathrow

British Airways operates several lounges at its London Heathrow hub. Prior to my flight to Paris, I had a chance to visit the British Airways Galleries Lounge North located, as its name suggests, in the North Concourse of the airline’s home, Terminal 5.

Besides being accessible to British Airways’ (and other oneworld airlines’) business and first class passengers departing out of Terminal 5, it is also open to oneworld Sapphire and Emerald status holders.

British Airways Galleries Lounge North
Entrance to the British Airways Galleries Lounge North in Heathrow’s terminal 5.

Lounge Overview

Right after the reception, there were some TVs with news airing as well as with flight information. There was also a nicely looking magazine rack mainly stocked with newspapers.

Separately, there was a counter with coffee, drinks, and some snacks. And, there were several coffee tables with chairs around it.

Reading Materials
Reading materials.
Seating Near the Reception
Seating near the reception.
Coffee Area in British Airways Lounge at Heathrow
Coffee and seating area near the reception

Further down, there was the main seating area – also serving as the dining area – which consisted of some communal tables as well as more coffee tables. There were also some counter-height chairs along the window and wavy sofas.

In other words, there were seating options for all kinds of travelers ranging from people on their own all the way to families. Unfortunately, though, throughout most of my visit, this area as well as many other parts of the lounge were completely packed.

Main Seating Area
Main seating area.
Crowded British Airways Lounge at Heathrow
The lounge was quite crowded during my visit.
British Airways Galleries Lounge North Dining Area
More seating in the main dining area.
Counters
Counter along the window.
Child's Chair
Child’s chair.

Going to the left, there was more seating in what looked like a bar area.

Bar Area
Seating in the bar area.
Sofas
Sofas in the bar area.
British Airways Galleries Lounge North Coffee
Second, smaller, “coffee house.”
Bar Area
Another view of the bar area.

Besides that, there was also a business center with more than a dozen computers, a kids’ room, as well as the shower reception.

The unfortunate thing about the business center was that there were more or less no working spaces for people with their own laptops. While I see this be the case at quite a few lounges, I would prefer if they had simple work desks instead of ones equipped with computers, or even better cubicle like workspaces.

Business Center
Business center.
Showers
Showers.
Kids' Room
Kids’ room.

While I didn’t take a shower in the lounge, the toilet rooms featured Elemis amenities and were rather spacey. At the same time, they were very modestly equipped.

Toilet Room
Toilet room.
Elemis Amenities
Elemis amenities.

Food and Drinks Selection

Most of the food in the lounge could be found in spread across a couple of counters in the main dining area. Separately, there was also a couple of “coffee houses” and a bar-like area.

Starting with the coffee houses, besides coffee, tea and some biscuits could be found there as well. And, the one near the lounge’s entrance also offered wine, water, and some potato chips.

Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea.
Cookies
Cookies.
Water
Water.
Chips and Wine
Chips and wine.
Wine
More wine.

Wine could be found in the bar area as well. And, on top of that, there was a decent selection of more than a dozen kinds of liquor, as well as some craft beer.

Liquor
Liquor.
Craft Beer
Craft beer.

Soft drinks including sodas and juices could be found in the main dining area.

Soft Drinks
Soft drinks.

As for the food available in the dining area, there were some whole fruits and sandwiches. There were also two kinds of soup, as well as warm dishes such as pasta, curry, chili con carne, etc.

Fruits and Sandwiches
Fruits and sandwiches.
Soups
Soups.
Mains
Mains.

Finally, there were also some cakes. Those were removed later in the day, though, and replaced with a salad bar.

Sweets
Sweets.
Salad
Salad.

British Airways Galleries Lounge North London Heathrow Summary

While the lounge was certainly a nicer place to spend time at than the Aspire Lounge which is accessible with Priority Pass, it still wasn’t anything that I would arrive at an airport early for.

The food selection was decent, although nothing to write about, and the seating options – at least if all you wanted was to relax – were alright as well. However, the lounge was certainly not an ideal place for getting any work done.

Especially so because of the fact that it was too crowded during most of my visit.

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