My review of the BA Galleries lounge in the Terminal 5 satellite terminals

This is my review of the British Airways Galleries Lounge in Terminal 5B of London Heathrow airport.

It is part of our collection of UK airport lounge reviews which is well on the way to completion now!  You can see our full list of UK airport lounge reviews here.

If you are flying long-haul on British Airways from Heathrow Terminal 5, your knee jerk reaction is to use one of the two Galleries Club lounges, Galleries First (if you have a Gold card) or The Concorde Room (if you are flying in First) in the main building.

This is not necessarily a good idea, in my view:

The lounges in the main building are frequently overcrowded

The majority of long-haul flights depart from Terminal 5B or Terminal 5C

You need to leave the lounge early to ensure you get to 5B or 5C in time

British Airways has a perfectly pleasant, and usually empty, lounge with an Elemis Spa in 5B for anyone flying from 5B or 5C

Heading out to Hong Kong, it was clear – as it was an A380 departure – that we would be on a satellite gate.  It made sense to head over the to lounge in 5B using the transit train, even though our flight was from 5C.

This is what you find there.  I apologise for the poor quality of some of these photos – it was 5pm, the sun was low in the sky and, flooding into the glass walled terminal, it played havoc with the exposure settings on my iPhone.

The good news is ….. no people.  Remember this was 5pm with the evening peak about to get into full swing.

There were no people in the area to the left as you go in (click on any of the pictures to enlarge):

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

…. which connects to the (empty) kids room:

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

There were no people over to the right hand side of reception, where the spa reception is:

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

The dining area was a little quiet too:

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

This area also contains the business centre.  I was excited to see two people but it turned out they were my kids!

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

There is also a large seating area which links the left and right-hand sides of the lounge together (it is shaped like an arch):

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

There is a real person, not related to me, in the shot above if you look closely enough!  And:

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

Perhaps everyone except me had heard that you won’t be getting food at 5pm in the Galleries Terminal 5B lounge:

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

and:

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

Although there was no shortage of wine (I didn’t check if champagne is available on request, as it is in the Terminal 5A Galleries Club lounges):

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

…. and the usual coffee and biscuits selection was there.

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

If you are familiar with the Galleries lounges in the main Heathrow Terminal 5 building then you will recognise everything you’ve seen above.  British Airways has used the same fixtures and fittings.

To be fair, I have been in 5B lounge in the morning and found it far busier.  I’ve no idea why it was so quiet at this point.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, and you are flying in Club World, it makes sense to head over to the 5B lounges ASAP if you know your flight will be from 5B, and potentially if – like us – you are off 5C.  If you have access to Galleries First in Terminal 5A you need to trade off the loss of the better food offering and better drinks to found there.

And something you might not know …..

After a lengthly wait for a transit train to get us from 5A to 5B, we decided to walk across to 5C.

If you press the bottom button in the lift in 5A, 5B or 5C then you go below the level of the transit train and into this tunnel.  It has travelators so the walk from 5B to 5C is surprisingly quick.

British Airways Galleries lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B satellite

Again, not surprisingly, we were alone.

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Comments

  1. Richard says:

    If you are a gold card holder then wouldn’t the better food offering in the T5A first lounge make you always choose that one, and then perhaps the T5B lounge once you’ve had something to eat and have time to wait?

    One problem is that if you have many hours to wait you might not know which terminal the flight goes from but at least on foot you can get back to T5A from B/C without going through security again – if you went to the T5B lounge and the flight eventually went from T5A

  2. ENTRY TO GALLERIES NORTH tomorrow.Tuesday one space… I will be there from approx 11.15 tomorrow morning….will check HFP for any anyone who needs entry. Blue and white striped polo shirt, in case ID needed!

  3. This has just made me check, and it looks as though my flight to GCM in August departs from T5B, so this is a great heads up. Not flown there direct from Heathrow for 9 years so hadn’t thought about it. Can anyone confirm if they do bacon rolls at breakfast time?!

  4. And now I’m having a senior moment! Do we drop our bags, go through security then transfer to T5B or do we have to take everything with us? Four years since my last long haul from Heathrow!

  5. BA could do with visiting the EVA Air lounge at BKK to learn some lessons in how to keep your J customers happy. Still, that isn’t going to happen while they remain in their little bubble.

  6. What's the Point says:

    We found the walkway on our last trip to Heathrow, quite enjoyed it vs the train (it is slower), but the moving walkways help

    • I use it every time, really. Nice to stretch your legs before 10+ hrs in a tin can.

  7. Our stay unfortunately was not as enjoyable BA at the last min told us we couldnt get your luggage in since all the other luggage is gone. Its their responsibility to take each and every luggage from their passenger and to let the others and not lot some is very unfair especially if we have paid the price for it the same. Not only that but they were even willing to put us on another flight. British Airways was a very bad experience for me!

  8. Rob – did you have much luck getting two kids into the lounge on your card? I’ll be flying with kids later on this year, and between my two kids and wife I’m not at all sure how many of them I’ll be able to sneak in.

    • We were flying in Club World so it didn’t matter. BA is taking a harder line now on kids in lounges so, unless one is very small, it doesn’t seem worth pushing them.

  9. GN very pleasant ATM, sun shining out there, on my 2nd glass of champers, very pleasant, lunch coming out…shame no other HFPers in here…

  10. I visited this lounge at the same time of the day flying on a SUNDAY (2 April) and there was plenty of cold and hot food – you were just unlucky I guess or there were some supplier issues on that day

  11. Chris says:

    Does anybody know where I can get an idea of which area/gate of terminal 5 a flight is likely to leave from? Got a flight to Moscow from terminal 5 on Saturday and would prefer to use this satellite lounge if possible.