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In the present day: Assessment of the Concorde Room at London Heathrow Airport
The Concorde Room is British Airways’ most unique lounge class, and a step above the usual Enterprise and First Class lounges it affords throughout the globe. The Concorde Room is barely out there at London’s Heathrow Airport and New York’s JFK Airport, and might solely be accessed in case you’re flying First Class on British Airways (one visitor is welcome as nicely), or if you’re a Gold Member of British Airways’ frequent flyer program Govt Membership with 5,000 Tier Factors.
At London Heathrow Airport, the Concorde Room is situated inside British Airways’ huge lounge advanced at Terminal 5. There are two entrances: the primary entrance is situated on the primary ground above the concourse (in entrance of the First Class lounge, known as ‘Galleries First’), however there’s additionally a discrete aspect entrance situated instantly after the safety examine level. Beneath you may watch my video with a full tour of the Concorde Room (0:00 to 7:30).
The lounge itself is considerably harking back to the foyer of a boutique resort. It options the identical up to date decor that will also be discovered within the different British Airways lounges, with fashionable high-backed chairs, lovely chandeliers, and oak wooden floors. The decor takes its inspiration from the easiest of British design, craftsmanship and heritage, with elegant lighting from Porta Romana and up to date tables from Boss Design.
Whereas the lounge itself will not be giant and feels fairly busy, there may be loads of seating for everybody. One aspect of the lounge options a few cozy sitting corners with fuel fires (making a “dwelling away from dwelling” atmosphere), whereas the alternative aspect of the lounge has a terrace which affords good views throughout the airport’s concourse and apron. The middle of the lounge is made up of a trendy bar and restaurant. The restaurant house is sort of exceptional, that includes a set of beautiful, non-public cubicles, along with a few communal eating tables.
Full waiter service and à la carte eating are supplied on a complimentary. The menu modifications on a month-to-month foundation and company can dine within the restaurant or order meals from the menu to wherever they’re sitting within the lounge. I visited the Concorde Room within the early afternoon, and I ordered the next dishes for lunch:
- Starter: John Ross smoked Salmon, served with capers, shallots, olives & bitter cream, and dressed with lemon oil
- Important course: pas roasted sea bass, served with new potatoes, nice inexperienced beans, pink chard & backyard peas, with an almond, tomato & herb lemon dressing
- Dessert: fruit salad (melon, orange, grapes, pineapple, kiwi and mango)
The Concorde Room additionally homes the ’Forty Winks’ nap lounge, a lounge inside a lounge that includes energy nap sleep pods. Launched in partnership with Restworks, the ‘Forty Winks’ lounge permits clients in want of some pre-flight relaxation the prospect to energy nap in a devoted EnergyPod. The EnergyPod char has been designed completely for energy napping with distinctive mixture of gravity impartial positioning and privateness visor. The Heathrow First Class ‘Forty Winks’ lounge is complimentary and operates on a self-service foundation so clients don’t have to pre-book. There are seven pods out there and clients can use the ‘Your Menu’ lounge app to examine if a pod is obtainable in actual time.
Sadly, British Airways not affords spa service to company of the Concorde Room. The varied British Airways lounges at Terminal 5 used to share an Elemis Journey Spa, which was fairly superior. Whereas the complimentary therapies had been fast (quarter-hour), they had been high shelf, plus it was one thing else to do to interrupt up the journey. I beloved it. However final spring, British Airways made the choice to completely shut its Elemis Spas inside airport lounges, after the spas had been briefly closed initially of the pandemic. Showers are nonetheless out there although.
PHOTOS OF THE CONCORDE ROOM AT LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT
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