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Deltus Sep 24, 18 4:45 am

There was a reader comment on HfP this morning that the food offering in CX J has recently been reduced. Any truth in this? I had breakfast there back in July which seemed fine, and the noodle bar looked to be operational (though I didn't fancy it at 5:45am).

Has anything changed?

FlyerTalker39574 Sep 24, 18 4:50 am

I like poached eggs and good views, any tips for which lounge to go for at 8am, Iím not gold.

gliderpilot Sep 24, 18 11:57 am


Originally Posted by Deltus (Post 30238556)
There was a reader comment on HfP this morning that the food offering in CX J has recently been reduced. Any truth in this? I had breakfast there back in July which seemed fine, and the noodle bar looked to be operational (though I didn't fancy it at 5:45am).

Has anything changed?

I certainly hope not. Got a few trips through T3 in next few months.

The _Banking_Scot Sep 24, 18 12:53 pm


Originally Posted by Deltus (Post 30238556)
There was a reader comment on HfP this morning that the food offering in CX J has recently been reduced. Any truth in this? I had breakfast there back in July which seemed fine, and the noodle bar looked to be operational (though I didn't fancy it at 5:45am).

Has anything changed?

Hi,

I walked through CX J at the start of September ( prior to my LAS flight) and it looked like there had been very little change since my previous visit in
I did not try the J food as I had eaten in the F section.

Regards

TBS

xnetco Oct 8, 18 3:07 am

LHR T3 to LAS: Which Lounge
 
Hello.

I'm after some advice. Next month I'm going to LAS from LHR T3 on BA. It's an afternoon flight so I'm considering which lounge for lunch. Preferably dining service rather than buffet.

Which lounge would you guys recommend?

Tim

thebigben Oct 8, 18 3:10 am

I think Cathay is best if you enjoy Chinese / Hong Kong style food. My favorite are the pork buns. There's also a thread about T3 lounges in case you want more details.

rossmacd Oct 8, 18 3:11 am

The dashboard has a link to a very good thread which gives you all the answers:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...ld-lounge.html

SKT-DK Oct 8, 18 3:13 am

Is it just me, or do we see a new "Which lounge at T3" thread once a week (or more?) these days?

OP, you will find a wealth of information if you search the forum - but ultimately, the recommended lounge will depend of where you have access (i.e. F or J / OWE or OWS). I think however, that the general consensus would be CX.

Greenpen Oct 8, 18 4:10 am

Before this thread gets moved, I would have to say that I do not think the CX lounge the best. The F dining is fine but nothing special and if you want the noodle bar you have to be in the J part. They will bring it through if you can coordinate the staff, your location and the buzzer. The F bit is quite small and can feel crowded even when it isn’t.

I like the BA F lounge. It feels warm and comfortable.

craigthemif Oct 8, 18 4:17 am


Originally Posted by SKT-DK (Post 30290705)
Is it just me, or do we see a new "Which lounge at T3" thread once a week (or more?) these days?

OP, you will find a wealth of information if you search the forum - but ultimately, the recommended lounge will depend of where you have access (i.e. F or J / OWE or OWS). I think however, that the general consensus would be CX.

Yes, and it's becoming less and less of an insider secret that somebody flying BA doesn't actually have to use the BA lounge.

LondonElite Oct 8, 18 4:17 am

Please see one of the gazillion T3 lounge threads in the BA forum or dashboard.

mikeyfly Oct 8, 18 4:20 am

As the OP is a very infrequent poster, and most likely an infrequent visitor here, the couple of comments up thread are not very helpful or welcoming.

rossmacd points to the right thread - I would back up that either CX First or CX J lounges are decent - if you're on the 275 with a circa 5pm departure, why not work your way around the lounges and make your own mind.

mikebg Oct 8, 18 4:20 am

The bar in the CX business class lounge (NOT the F lounge) is great. They will mix pretty much any cocktail you ask for, assuming they have the ingredients handy. I am told the staff there are from Sofitel.

thebigben Oct 8, 18 4:23 am


Originally Posted by mikebg (Post 30290820)
I am told the staff there are from Sofitel.

I don't know about CX, but I noticed the Quantas staff were indeed employed by an hotel chain (probably the one that has the Sofitel, too) and the service in both of the aforementioned is pretty good. I guess it is a good idea to let (good) hotels take care of lounges.

Cw novice Oct 8, 18 4:26 am

I have only been in the CX J lounge just ti add to the points above they also have a decent hot buffet which on Friday had some nice looking Fish and Chips. At Xmas time last year there was also turkey with all the trimmings.

The fizz is Moet and the Dirty Martini's are lethal. Can only comment on OW J lounges in T3 but this is head and shoulders above the competition.

Below is my setup on Friday

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...50645f15e5.jpg

:D! Oct 8, 18 4:51 am


Originally Posted by Greenpen (Post 30290799)
Before this thread gets moved, I would have to say that I do not think the CX lounge the best. The F dining is fine but nothing special and if you want the noodle bar you have to be in the J part. They will bring it through if you can coordinate the staff, your location and the buzzer. The F bit is quite small and can feel crowded even when it isnít.

I like the BA F lounge. It feels warm and comfortable.

There's plenty of opportunity to experience the BA F lounge in T5 or LGW, and I happily go there when flying from those terminals. It is nothing special either. I prefer some variety when in T3.

You can order noodle bar items to be delivered to the F area without leaving your seat or getting a buzzer, although it's best to do this when actual CX passengers are not arriving in the lounge en masse.

I note that the OP didn't mention which class they were flying in, or whether they have any status, so it is possible they are only eligible for third-party paid lounges.

MrsW Nov 17, 18 8:35 am

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...09f24b8821.jpg
Cathay Flounge gets our vote. Young MasterW told the lounge angel it was his birthday and within 5 minutes of sitting down he was presented with a box of chocs. As a control, we are going to pop into the BA Flounge and he will say the same thing to check the response.

gustavmahler Nov 17, 18 9:03 am


Originally Posted by MrsW (Post 30439071)
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...09f24b8821.jpg
Cathay Flounge gets our vote. Young MasterW told the lounge angel it was his birthday and within 5 minutes of sitting down he was presented with a box of chocs. As a control, we are going to pop into the BA Flounge and he will say the same thing to check the response.

I love those chocolates (and that lounge). Happy Birthday, MasterW!

Jed Nov 17, 18 12:05 pm

In the LHR T3 CX lounge right now and despite it being very busy earlier this afternoon, service was top notch. Brilliant staff and the added bonus is that the champagne is Laurent Perrier and Laurent Perrrier rose. The rose is excellent (same as QR LHR T4 Lounge). Popped in to BA GF and unfortunately it is no comparison

MrsW Nov 17, 18 12:19 pm

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...5ce9eb6264.jpg
We just left and MasterW was presented with two more gifts. Nothing from BA......

MaxFlyer Nov 17, 18 2:44 pm

I sampled the 3 oneworld T3 lounges last week and asked the AA agents about the timeframe of when the AA Flagship lounge was due to be renovated (last I heard was by end of 2018). I was told that renovations have been indefinitely delayed and thereís no new date. Disappointing.

snaxmuppet Nov 18, 18 11:38 am

I was in the T3 CX business lounge yesterday after trying the QF lounge. QF was empty as the early flight had gone so it was very quiet but I felt that the QF lounge was a bit clinical and the seating not too comfy so we moved to CX. I had not tried the CX lounge before but I loved it. Service was good as was the noodle bar (Dan Dan Mein). Nice hot options of stroganoff and a curry with rice and fresh veg. All looked nice. I think the CX lounge could be my fav so far in T3. Just the BA lounge to try now :)

THEOBCMAN Nov 18, 18 2:11 pm

You really donít need to try the BA Galleries ! CX biz lounge is the best one in there - lovely place !

bzc Jan 2, 19 10:06 am

LHR T3: CX-J vs QF lounges
 
I know there has been many many threads about lounges in LHR T3 but they are mainly dating from before QF lounge openned or comparing QF lounge to CX First Lounge (with the latter usually recommended).

However I'm only OWS so it will have to be one of the business lounge, in this case would you recommend CX or QF?
Flight is around 1pm so I will be there for lunch, a few drinks and enjoy a comfortable seat (with a view if possible). I don't care too much about internet speed or showers.

madfish Jan 2, 19 10:09 am

CX. Although I am sure that there are many threads from when QF opened (after all it has been open over a year now.)

Also check out the lounge forum.

johnaalex Jan 2, 19 10:11 am

Why not do both?

mikeyfly Jan 2, 19 10:13 am

Of course do both - then make your own mind up

thebigben Jan 2, 19 10:17 am

I'd do both - I like them equally I think.

CX for the best seats overlooking the apron, with comfortable ottomans to stretch on. Good asian food any hour of the day.
QF for the coffee, gin, and healthy food options. Last time they also had a nice range of syrups on offer if you like non-alcoholic drinks.

windowontheAside Jan 2, 19 10:23 am

Both is an option and then you will know your preference for future trips. I prefer CX over QF but I know others differ.

WingsAroundtheWorld Jan 2, 19 10:38 am

For a G&T, Qantas is hands down the best
For decor / ambience / food / showers - I would say CX

Both make the BA lounge look like the third rate airline it now well and truly is!

Geordie405 Jan 2, 19 10:41 am

I hate to say this, but I really dislike the QF lounge at LHR. It just seems too sterile for me, plus the dining room is never open when I am there. The food choices don't really appeal either - the buffet always looks trashed and the combination of foods doesn't really work. However, that's just my view and others may have different viewpoints.

mikeyfly Jan 2, 19 10:43 am

Qantas upstairs bar make a nice (although rather potent!) cocktail

windowontheAside Jan 2, 19 10:46 am


Originally Posted by Geordie405 (Post 30599548)
I hate to say this, but I really dislike the QF lounge at LHR. It just seems too sterile for me, plus the dining room is never open when I am there. The food choices don't really appeal either - the buffet always looks trashed and the combination of foods doesn't really work. However, that's just my view and others may have different viewpoints.

Actually I'm with you on this. I haven't been impressed with the buffet food and since I don't drink gin, the much vaunted gin bar is wasted on me. I much prefer the ambience of the CX lounge. But I'm very happy if most people prefer QF :D

Richard Gibson Jan 2, 19 12:54 pm

Just out of curiousity (apologies for hijacking somewhat), if I travel in BA Club out of T3 am I only eligible to use the BA lounge or can I use a partner lounge also?

Scots_Al Jan 2, 19 12:57 pm


Originally Posted by Richard Gibson (Post 30600244)
Just out of curiousity (apologies for hijacking somewhat), if I travel in BA Club out of T3 am I only eligible to use the BA lounge or can I use a partner lounge also?

You can use any of the OW lounges (even AA if you must!!). CX J lounge was very nice (and empty) when we were in it just before lunchtime recently.

jerry a. laska Jan 2, 19 1:09 pm

There is quite a bit of relevant discussion in this thread and the wiki:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...lounge-29.html
Disregard the fact it was started in 2015, questions and discussion have been regularly posted to it through last year.
Also see:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...-feb-19-a.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...3-lounges.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...-question.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...e-do-work.html

endoman Jan 2, 19 1:21 pm


Originally Posted by Geordie405 (Post 30599548)
I hate to say this, but I really dislike the QF lounge at LHR. It just seems too sterile for me, plus the dining room is never open when I am there. The food choices don't really appeal either - the buffet always looks trashed and the combination of foods doesn't really work. However, that's just my view and others may have different viewpoints.

Have to agree, only the upstairs has been open when I've been, and I much preferred the CX lounge.

GCab Jan 2, 19 1:58 pm

Agree with the OP, when you open these OW T3 threads there is usually a preponderance of Gold Card people talking about the merits of CX First etc., but it's less useful to us humble J/OWS types.

In Business I would say pop into Qantas first for a quick snifter if there is time, but always head into CX for the place to settle and chill, unless it's very busy with a flight about to leave. The QF lounge comes across as a flourescent-lit canteen with a circular bar (good) and a gin bar (good) attached and could be anywhere (but if it was on your high street you wouldn't bother), whereas the CX one looks and feels like a reasonably luxurious airport lounge where you can remember that you're travelling by air.

Oaxaca Jan 2, 19 1:59 pm


Originally Posted by Geordie405 (Post 30599548)
I hate to say this, but I really dislike the QF lounge at LHR. It just seems too sterile for me, plus the dining room is never open when I am there. The food choices don't really appeal either - the buffet always looks trashed and the combination of foods doesn't really work. However, that's just my view and others may have different viewpoints.

Agree, I wasn’t too keen on the decor and set-up of the QF lounge, though it generated more indifference than dislike for me. Maybe my expectations were unreasonable, the QF Flounge in SYD is one of my favourite lounges anywhere, and the LHR lounge is an outstation as well as being both J and F. QF has done a better job for me in other major outstation lounges such as SIN, LAX and maybe even HKG.

The food I had at the buffet was decent enough (better than BA, though not CX). I haven’t tried the G&T bar, my couple of visits have been at a time of day when sparkling water is my tipple. I will say that I found the staff in the QF lounge to be very nice.

i would choose CX here, but if the OP has the time, indeed why not both...

dylanks Jan 2, 19 2:15 pm

There are times when the CX lounge is crowded and the QF lounge is empty. Depending on what you want from a lounge, a very quiet space with a buffet and a few items from the menu may be better than a crowded lounge.

The QF lounge does not get much love around here, but I found it pleasant enough for a short stay when there were maybe 2 other passengers upstairs.


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