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Inside the Heathrow T5 ‘Galleries First’ lounge

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As I have written a few times, Head for Points is NOT the blog for you if you are interested in 15-part trip reports or photographs of airline food or aircraft toilets!  However, I do make the odd exception for a few personal pictures.

I was in Galleries First at Heathrow T5 recently and took a few snaps.  I thought they might be of interest because Galleries First is the lounge you are least likely to use if you are not a heavy BA flyer.  If you are flying on a First Class redemption, you can use the Concorde Room (although you are also allowed in Galleries First).  If you are flying Club World or Club Europe, you are exiled to one of the three Galleries Club lounges in Terminal 5 / 5B.  Galleries First is used mainly by BAEC Gold card holders.

Double-click on the images to see a larger version.

Important things first.  Here is the champagne bar:

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

And the champagnes of the day.  The selection was Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle (RRP £100 !!, 1 glass drunk), standard Taittinger (RRP £37, 0 glasses drunk) and Bollinger Rose (RRP £45, 2 glasses drunk!).

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

Here is the main buffet (I was conveniently there for both breakfast – to 11am – and lunch – from 12pm):

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

And the breakfast and lunch ‘to order’ menu:

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

The terrace, overlooking Terminal 5B:

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

Part of the main seating area looking towards the dining area:

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

And, finally, the infamous horse lamp (one of a pair) that sits by the doors:

British Airways Galleries First lounge review

Should you want one for your own home, the manufacturer is Moooi ….

That’s it.  I promise you no more lounge photographs on Head for Points for the immediate future!

Comments (4)

  • Teece says:

    How have you shrunk these photos? Because they look really fuzzy, until you click to enlarge. Also, I never see the point of offering a ‘larger’ version that’s maybe only 10% bigger.

    • Raffles says:

      Yes, they’ve been descaled. Original was on a 12mp camera but I try to keep heavy images off the blog due to bandwidth issues so I shrunk them down. That said, they look good enough to me on both an ipad and laptop, although perhaps because I know what the picure is meant to look like I see it differently. I know the larger version isn’t much larger, but I can’t control the size of that image!

  • Andrew says:

    Most importantly – how did you think it compared to Concorde?

    • Raffles says:

      I don’t get in the Concorde Room much because (out of politeness!) I don’t redeem for First Class when flying with my little kids. In general I find it a bit formal and a bit dark. I also prefer to help myself to food and drink (as in Galleries First) rather than being reliant on bar staff or waiters for everything. Better newspaper and magazine selections in GF as well.