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British Airways Concorde Room
There are two ways you can enter a British Airways Concorde Room – have a first class British Airways ticket, or be a British Airways Gold Guest List member ( this requires earning an eye watering 5000 Tier Points).
There are two of them in the world, London Heathrow and New York JFK, and I finally got the chance to visit the Concorde Room London Heathrow.
Zach, I thought you’ve flown BA First Class a few times – how have you never visited a Concorde Room? Even though I’ve flown British Airways First Class on many occasions, I’ve never departed from LHR or JFK flying First Class…only flown into London.
- When: Feb 2022
- Where: London Heathrow Terminal 5
- Entrance: BA First Class London to Atlanta
This will lead you directly into the First Class lounge after you go through expedited security. Don’t stop there.
Walk through the lounge and exit into the airport through two horses, keep going to the far end past the Elemis spa, and you’ll see Concorde Room. If you’re connecting via London, you’ll want to follow the British Airways Lounge signs, head up the escalator to the level above where duty free shopping is, and keep your eye out for the Concorde Room opposite the first class lounge.
British Airways Concorde Room First Impression
The lounge feels more like a club than a lounge, and one that needs a bit of updating. There are plush couches, emerald green bar stools, fireplaces, and a feeling of privacy and exclusivity.
The bar feels modern, but for the Concorde Room to rank amongst the best lounges in the world, it’d need some renovations. The vibe reminds me a little bit of the Private Room in Singapore; however quite a bit bigger with many more people. That lounge also limits access to those departing in First Class.
One of the treats of the Concorde Room is full service dining which you can enjoy in a few different settings. The most private is the dining room featuring wood paneled booths.
There are also high top tables adjacent to the bar
and a Concorde Terrace that overlooks Terminal 5 and several gates.
You can have a peek at the menu, but we’re talking restaurant quality food that is made to order and a very good drinks list.
I thought the salmon appetizer was downright delicious; however the chips were just so-so and the veggie burger really wasn’t anything to write home about. Was it better than you’d get onboard? Yes, absolutely.
Drinking super fancy champagne is just a must-do and the Laurent Perrier Grande Siecle definitely hits the spot – it’s also been a staple of British Airways First Class for years.
Concorde Room Cabanas:
There are 3 Concorde Room Cabanas which I’ve long heard about, but never experienced and still haven’t. Due to Covid they were closed when I visited the lounge.
At the end of 2021, sleeping pods were introduced, but they were full when we visited, and while I got a quick glimpse, I didn’t take any photos. It’s a small, serene space featuring a few pods that you could take a quick snooze on.
I would highly suggest checking out the curios filled with old Concorde memorabilia. I’m a big fan of collectibles and these cabinets are filled with some very cool pieces
Next to the bar on your way to the bathrooms there is a door that plops you right out into Terminal 5 next to security. It’s very slick if you ask me. Alternatively, you can take the escalators.
After years of wanting to visit this lounge it was a distinct pleasure, but would I rank it amongst the best lounges in the world? No. The staff was very good, but as I mentioned earlier, to be on par with Cathay, Lufthansa First Class Lounges, Qatar Airways Doha lounges, Emirates First Class, Etihad First Class, Air France, etc – it would need a healthy investment in aesthetic enhancements.
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