First Class Lounge Options LHR

Old Jul 11, 19, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by dsteveman View Post
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.
If you are starting your trip via landside T5 then it's near impossible to go to Cathay, at least in a smooth way. You can't enter T3 directly with a T5 boarding pass, and it's a lot of hassle from inside T5. If you are connecting airside from another service then it's more plausible using the flight connection bus system, though you are not guaranteed access to Cathay due to overcrowding issues. Basically it's just not worth it, and CCR is better than Cathay anyway.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:25 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 and welcome to the BA forum StaceyGold. It's good to see you here, welcome on board. There are slightly easier ways to do it, but the general storyline here is avoidable hassle when there are better options on hand.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by dsteveman View Post
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.
As I understand it, it is possible (tho much harder/impossible? once you go airside in T5, per above) to visit the T3 lounges while connecting at T5. It is not possible to do the reverse, namely visit T5 lounges such as the CCR while departing from T3.

But even if you transfer to T3 before going airside at T5, it does seem a lot of hassle - e.g. you'll have the transit bus, another security check - just to check out a lounge they may refuse entry to (Nice though both Cathay J and F are) Spending unnecessary time on buses and security queues does seem a bit at odds with being as productive as possible, and the whole BA F transit experience on those buses is pretty far from 'premium'. And of course, even if you go through the effort, you could well arrive at the CX F lounge in T3 to find this

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showpost.php?p=30926397&postcount=697

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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:43 am
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Maybe I missed it but is the OP is definitely flying F and not assuming CCR access with OW emerald status?
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:53 am
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Originally Posted by mccartje View Post
Maybe I missed it but is the OP is definitely flying F and not assuming CCR access with OW emerald status?
Ah, I see what you mean - they may not realise the CCR is not a OneWorld lounge and so access is only to BA F passengers/CCR cardholders?

They do list their status as AA Plat Pro, I don't know the AA system but Google tells me that is OneWorld Sapphire, so I'd assume they must indeed be flying F since OWS would only grant access to Club lounges
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
Ah, I see what you mean - they may not realise the CCR is not a OneWorld lounge and so access is only to BA F passengers/CCR cardholders?

They do list their status as AA Plat Pro, I don't know the AA system but Google tells me that is OneWorld Sapphire, so I'd assume they must indeed be flying F since OWS would only grant access to Club lounges
OP did mention they had OW emerald status in a previous post on guesting into CCR which was subsequently edited out for obvious reasons.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 6:00 am
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Originally Posted by mccartje View Post
OP did mention they had OW emerald status in a previous post on guesting into CCR which was subsequently edited out for obvious reasons.
Ah, apologies I didn't see that, their profile listed status is probably out of date then.

Your question certainly makes sense in that case, hopefully the OP will revert back to clear up.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
Ah, apologies I didn't see that, their profile listed status is probably out of date then.

Your question certainly makes sense in that case, hopefully the OP will revert back to clear up.
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I am flying in F on BA. I have One World Sapphire with American Airlines. Never was Emerald.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by dsteveman View Post
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I am flying in F on BA. I have One World Sapphire. Never was Emerald.
My mistake so thought you had mentioned emerald previously. It would be an easy assumption to make holding emerald status and assuming access to first class lounges like CCR when flying any cabin is the only reason I asked.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by mccartje View Post
My mistake so thought you had mentioned emerald previously. It would be an easy assumption to make holding emerald status and assuming access to first class lounges like CCR when flying any cabin is the only reason I asked.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 12:01 am
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I don't understand. How would the OP get Airside access to T3 if flying out of T5?
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Old Jul 12, 19, 12:23 am
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If the goal is to get work done at T5, I would answer this question a bit differently. In general I find the T5 lounges a bit challenging to work from in the summer as theyíre often quite warm and crowded, so Iíd probably look at other options if I had a longer layover and was looking to be productive.

My first choice at T5 would be to recommend the airside Regus area. Itís not free unless you are a Regus member, but it offers a guarantee of actually having a space to work compared to lounges which are more prone to crowding. https://www.regus.co.uk/offices/unit...-regus-express (they also have T2 and T3 locations).

Another option would be to get a day room at the Sofitel T5 and work from the room, or perhaps just work from the hotel lobby as I think the Wi-Fi in the lobby might be free but I donít recall.

The best airside lounge option is the boardroom in the CCR when itís empty. Or a cabana if one is available, though itís not the most ergonomic desk area. And thereís the business area of the F lounge which can be pleasant when not too busy.
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Old Jul 14, 19, 7:52 pm
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I have a similar situation as what started this thread, but in reverse. My wife and I will be flying BA first class from Denver to Heathrow in October. I was very excited, initially, to visit the Concorde Room and even emailed the BA first concierge to see about booking a day bed/lounge room. I was very disappointed that they responded this would not be possible, since the Denver flight arrives/departs from T3. I had not considered that possibility, and have been trying to figure out a clever way to still make our way over to the CCR. Reading through this thread, it seems like it is "physically possible", but so much hassle it is not worth the trouble?

At any rate, it seems like we will be just as happy (if not happier) with the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge in T3. Is that our best bet for T3? Anything else worth checking out? Any new secret underground tunnels to T5 that will open before October haha?
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Old Jul 14, 19, 9:31 pm
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You will not get airside at T5 without a boarding pass for a flight departing from T5.

Note that it is easier (not saying its easy) to get into T3 with a T5 boarding pass.

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Old Jul 14, 19, 9:56 pm
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Originally Posted by dsteveman View Post
I'll be flying out of T5 at LHR late next week and will be at the airport for nearly 7 hours. Of course, I could just go to the Concord Room, but I've heard mixed reviews. Are there any other One World First Class lounges I should check out at the airport? Am I able to go from T3 to T5 airside?
My suggestion is go to either Galleries Lounges first. Hopefully this will be when they are at near max capacity. Join the race to get to the food first when new or fresh food offerings are brought out. Try to find a quiet spot to sit, but hopefully a combination of excitable children starting their school holidays and loud mobile phone users will make that difficult. Observe lounge guests taking complimentary drinks and snacks and placing them in carry-on.
After an hour or so, go to Concord Room.
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