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Exclusive: First review of the new Emirates lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3

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This is our review of the Emirates lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 3.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

Head for Points was specially chosen as the first media outlet to review the refurbished Emirates lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 on Saturday *.

* This is a complete lie.  We were passing through on holiday 🙂

The last time I reviewed the Emirates Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge, I described it as “looking like a 1980’s Holiday Inn”.  Has it improved?

As the lounge is still in the same place, my original criticism – that it is quite a walk from the shopping area and therefore not an easy place to leave and return to – is still valid.

Of course, my original key selling point – that you can board directly from the lounge and onto the top deck of an Emirates A380, with meeting any of those pesky economy passengers – is also still valid.

Everything is still in the same place, except for the model A380 which has moved from Gate 7 into the reception area downstairs!

Here is the new dining area:

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The style is more Arabian than before:

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The food is unchanged:

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and even the circular food holders are unchanged:

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Champagne is Veuve:

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but more interesting is the wine selection.  When did you last see a bottle of white wine which sells at £60 per bottle in the shops freely available in a lounge?

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(The app above is called Vivino.  It scans the label on a wine bottle and tells you who sells that wine and what it would cost.)

Some key things have not changed:

There is still no dedicated First Class area

There is still no dedicated children or family area

There is still more than enough seating for everyone

The food offering is still substantially bigger and better than any British Airways Galleries Club or Galleries First lounge.  You won’t go hungry here.  It isn’t run to the same ‘restaurant quality’ level as the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4, but it remains well above average.

In conclusion …. this is very much ‘evolution and not revolution’ – but it was a very necessary ‘evolution’ given the previous condition!

Comments (19)

  • InsideFlyer Tom says:

    Interesting – not been yet but I am a huge fan of the Etihad lounge at LHR Terminal 4 (indeed it is in my book the sole reason for ever flying Air Malta Biz Class)… good to see the competition is strong.

    • Rob says:

      I was not overcome by the EY lounge either, although there is certainly nothing wrong with it. It just lacks excitement and a feeling of luxury. The Qatar lounge at LHR is the best of the ‘big ME 3’.

      • InsideFlyer Tom says:

        Oooh we are definitely going to fall out over the Etihad lounge :). “Small but perfectly formed…”

  • Tom says:

    Has the BA lounge at T3 also been given a refurb? I’ve heard rumours it has.

  • pauldb says:

    OT: another few Champions League games have gone up for redemption with EK miles. Only Arsenal home game vs Dinamo Zagreb probably not a great deal (45k hospitality) but their likely crunch game away at Olympiacos is only 7k (hospitality, + travel of course).

  • Frequentraveller says:

    Thank goodness the lounge is now open again. I had to endure the discomfort and embarrassment of the BA lounge in T3 at the end of September. Thanks Emirates- you’re not perfect but you’re a lot better than most!

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