I thought I should experience the British Airways Galleries Lounge as I as flying BA to Barcelona.
It is a big long space divided into several sections. Some have windows but overall the impression is of a dark area.
The first main space you enter is the dining area with a selection of hot and cold foods. There was quite a nice if rather basic selection. All self service.
The next areas you enter are seating areas divided by “wine racks”. There are quite dark but there are windows overlooking the taxi ways.
In the final section there is a large selection of spirits. On the centre of this area is an iconic wine cooler with a light installation above. Many other reviewers have commented upon it. Sadly this is now full of bottles of water.
The wine is relegated to another area nearby. However there is a selection of 4 reds and 4 whites. I could not see and fizzy stuff. The Grenache I tasted was very pleasant. This was all self service.
I found it an odd place. It is big but felt less comfortable and less spacious than the smaller No 1 Lounge upstairs. It as also generally noisier and less restful.
It is ok but not that relaxing. Overall I think I preferred the No 1 Lounge.
I am travelling to Barcelona so decided to use my Priority Pass to try the No 1 Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3.
There was no problem getting in although moderately busy.
I chose a seat by the window with a view over the tarmac.
It was quite spacious with various zones and different seating types. There was plenty of “sit up to” tables to work at or eat and lower tables and armchairs to relax.
Food and Drink
There is a serviced bar with free standard alcoholic drinks. If you wanted champagne a glass would set you back £8 and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot £48.
They served Langley gin. Not one I have had before – quite nice with tonic.
I was disappointed with the food selection. There was self service for some rather boring salads and cakes. If you wanted other food you could order it. The selection, as I write, included Lamb Hotpot, Mac and Cheese, Fish finger sandwich, Soup of the day or the cheese plate. I selected the latter and it was served to me.
Not very impressive
There is also a paid spa, not that I tried it, but it looked good as I walked by it on the way to the toilets and showers. Then toilets are individual cubicles (no urinals). They are quite dark with dark tiling although the toilet is well lit. The handbasin is supplied with L’Occitane Verveine hand wash.
A very pleasant ambience and comfortable place to spend some time. Moderate food . Overall worth a visit