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Old Jul 10, 19, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by thatflyer View Post
I wouldn't listen to the naysayers (I am one of them though!).

If it is your first time I would use the CCR. If going through T5 don't forget to use the First Class checkin to the far right - it ensures you walk straight into the First lounge. I wouldn't stay there - it is usually packed with business travellers and the food is limited even if you order and don't get the buffet.

Exit left and walk straight into CCR. Get a dining table in one of those stupid enclosed booths and order food and drinks. If it is your first time - it is nice and fun and relaxing. Make the most of it.

I wouldn't bother with wasting your time trying other things.
Yeah, those stupid enclosed booths! What is with those?

The CCR is very comfy and clubby, and NOT "modern with hard edged furniture" (e.g., the arm rests are actually upholstered still!).
But those modern booths are both uncomfortable and unappealing. What's wrong with some nice tables with comfortable *chairs* so one can position one's self as preferred. (Yes, yes, picky, picky, but for some of us, the fixed "average" or perhaps "average/large" positioning just does not work well.

But the rest of the CCR is wonderful, very peaceful.
(There is a so-called outdoor section, but that means "outside the CCR"; it's still inside, and that furniture is very uncomfortable. It's also not particularly pleasant "out" there.)

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Old Jul 10, 19, 10:12 am
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From T5 the Concorde Room is still your best bet. It's not the best lounge in the world but it's perfectly adequate for a few hours, although 7 might be pushing it. I would camp out on the terrace (its still indoors, despite the name) and watch the aircraft come and go.

If you want to eat and don't mind paying, I would consider some of the restaurant options in the terminal. The CCR restaurant can be very hit and miss.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by GeezerCouple View Post
There is a so-called outdoor section, but that means "outside the CCR"; it's still inside, and that furniture is very uncomfortable. It's also not particularly pleasant "out" there.
Have you been since they refurbished the terrace last year? I would agree before it wasn't great, but now it's quite nice the way it's furnished and arranged. I have used the "Moroccan booths" are particularly good for larger groups and I have even used them myself a few times - before I rarely went on the terrace.

Originally Posted by GeezerCouple View Post
Yeah, those stupid enclosed booths! What is with those?
Just to add for the benefit of the OP you do not have to use the dining booths for eating. You can sit anywhere and order food wherever you are in the lounge.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Have you been since they refurbished the terrace last year? I would agree before it wasn't great, but now it's quite nice the way it's furnished and arranged. I have used the "Moroccan booths" are particularly good for larger groups and I have even used them myself a few times - before I rarely went on the terrace.
When did they refurbish? (That would be nice, if it's better than when we were there...)

Let's see... we've flown LF this year (and we do not find the chairs there comfy; see comment above about hard-edges, modern, etc.; if just doesn't even look especially appealing).

We were in CCR in March, 2018. Was that before or after?

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Old Jul 10, 19, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by GeezerCouple View Post
When did they refurbish? (That would be nice, if it's better than when we were there...)

Let's see... we've flown LF this year (and we do not find the chairs there comfy; see comment above about hard-edges, modern, etc.; if just doesn't even look especially appealing).

We were in CCR in March, 2018. Was that before or after?

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It was over a year ago. Here is what it looks like now.

https://londonairtravel.com/2017/11/...concorde-room/
https://www.turningleftforless.com/b...row-t5-review/

What did you find unpleasant about the terrace out of interest?
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Old Jul 10, 19, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
It was over a year ago. Here is what it looks like now.

https://londonairtravel.com/2017/11/...concorde-room/
https://www.turningleftforless.com/b...row-t5-review/

What did you find unpleasant about the terrace out of interest?
Perhaps we didn't give it enough time/tries. We didn't notice the areas with the curtained walls. Do keep in mind we were very jet-lagged and sleepy, when we first arrived. We headed straight to the double wicker-type day loungers, as that's what we tend to love on our favorite cruise ship :-)
But they were horribly uncomfortable, from the back angle, to the hard "cushioning". At first I thought it was 'just me". After not being able to get to a comfortable position, I casually asked DH, "Are you comfortable here?", and the fast response was, "NO - this isn't good!".
So we just headed back inside, where we had been before, pleasantly drinking morning Mimosas...

We did find the food in the dining area quite good, even though we didn't care for the decor/seating.

But thus far, other than CX in Hong Kong, we prefer CCR as a "place to wait". We like the "clubby", upholstered look/feel.
(Oh, DH likes the "real bed/bedroom" in Lufthansa's FCL in FRA. He was out like a light!)

Bottom line, is ALL of these F lounges make a huge difference in "time spent in airports".
We've changed to allowing extra time when possible for connections (even arriving at airport), as we are seriously into "stress reduction", so we usually have plenty of time to spend, and a nice place makes a great difference!

We feel very fortunate at this stage in our lives!

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Old Jul 10, 19, 12:00 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Have you been since they refurbished the terrace last year? I would agree before it wasn't great, but now it's quite nice the way it's furnished and arranged. I have used the "Moroccan booths" are particularly good for larger groups and I have even used them myself a few times - before I rarely went on the terrace.



Just to add for the benefit of the OP you do not have to use the dining booths for eating. You can sit anywhere and order food wherever you are in the lounge.
Agree with KARFA on the 'Moroccan booths' - but don't take the one at the far end, there's a fan there on the wall nearest you that flaps around incessantly and makes it hard to have a conversation, let alone do any work
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Old Jul 10, 19, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by dsteveman View Post
Thanks for the quick replies. Assuming it's not very easy to go between T3 and T5. Probably wouldn't be worth my time.
I'm confused. You said you were flying out of T5 so what do you mean by going between T3 and T5?
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If it is work you are wanting to get done... then go to the CCR and use the "Boardroom" with the old Concorde seats as boardroom chairs round the table.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by dsteveman View Post
Thanks for the quick replies. Assuming it's not very easy to go between T3 and T5. Probably wouldn't be worth my time.
Itís near impossible to get from T5 to T3 once youíre airside. Due to how the terminal is set up youíd need to be escorted by someone from HAL (who only arrives on the hour, every hour.) then youíll have to go through immigration etc and THEN you can get on the bus/train to T3. Itís probably not worth it.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 4:20 am
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Originally Posted by StaceyGold View Post

Itís near impossible to get from T5 to T3 once youíre airside. Due to how the terminal is set up youíd need to be escorted by someone from HAL (who only arrives on the hour, every hour.) then youíll have to go through immigration etc and THEN you can get on the bus/train to T3. Itís probably not worth it.
Welcome to FlyerTalk StaceyGold, and no doubt one of the friendly ambassadors will be along shortly with the formal greeting.

As far as I know, the "stay on the transit" approach still works, where when you return to A it will deposit you into the arrivals stream at which point you can do immigration etc. Which avoids needing a HAL escort.

However, I would concur that this is a lot of hassle, I believe it will mess up your "Ready to Fly" marker in T5 which will need manual intervention to reset and let you back into T5 airside and so on. I would certainly agree it's not worth it.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:13 am
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
I'm confused. You said you were flying out of T5 so what do you mean by going between T3 and T5?
It's rare that I have a long connection at heathrow (let alone flying in First with BA), so I thought I'd check out some other OW Lounges at T3.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:13 am
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The CCR may not be the best lounge the in World but I think it is the best in Heathrow (although I have not tried them all!). It is certainly better than the "First" lounge in T5 which is in reality just a frequent flyer area and can get crowded and noisy. I have always found the CCR to be an oasis of calm with good service and like to booths for eating. Nice and private. If they tried to get all the current tables into an open area, I suspect it would be as crowded as a McDonalds. I have read many comments here that the Cathay First lounge in T3 is better than the CCR. I was there for the first time a couple of weeks ago. All smart and clean but not a patch on the CCR in my opinion - and the good lady agrees with me!
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by StaceyGold View Post

Itís near impossible to get from T5 to T3 once youíre airside. Due to how the terminal is set up youíd need to be escorted by someone from HAL (who only arrives on the hour, every hour.) then youíll have to go through immigration etc and THEN you can get on the bus/train to T3. Itís probably not worth it.
Yeah not worth it at all. Will just stick to CCR. Seems to be the best option and worth checking out at least once.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by quakered View Post
The CCR may not be the best lounge the in World but I think it is the best in Heathrow (although I have not tried them all!). It is certainly better than the "First" lounge in T5 which is in reality just a frequent flyer area and can get crowded and noisy. I have always found the CCR to be an oasis of calm with good service and like to booths for eating. Nice and private. If they tried to get all the current tables into an open area, I suspect it would be as crowded as a McDonalds. I have read many comments here that the Cathay First lounge in T3 is better than the CCR. I was there for the first time a couple of weeks ago. All smart and clean but not a patch on the CCR in my opinion - and the good lady agrees with me!
Thanks for this response! My goal while at LHR next week is to be as productive as possible and get some work done. As long as it's relatively quiet with plenty of spaces it should be fine.

I was planning on heading to the Cathay First Lounge at T3 but looks like it won't be possible as I depart from T5. I have heard great things, though.
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