Best BA lounge in Europe?

Old Mar 30, 2023, 4:36 pm
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I think Istanbul is one of the biggest Lounges I have been in with a wonderful outdoor smoking area..
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot
Hi,

The Iberia lounge T4s @ Madrid is also nice
I think the Finnair Platinum lounge at HEL is open again

I liked the third party lounges at Venice ( Marco polo) and Vienna

Edinburgh and Glasgow lounges are nice ( but you could access them as a Silver in any case)

Cathay at LHR T3 is very good ( but some reports of it being very busy at certain times of the day)

There are relatively few lounges in Europe that BA gold get exclusive access to compared to BA silver

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Don't think I've come across one in this category yet - where are they located ?
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Butts
Don't think I've come across one in this category yet - where are they located ?
Finnair Platinum Wing at HEL, the various lounges at Heathrow T3 and T5 and... that's it AFAIK.
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by sigma421
Finnair Platinum Wing at HEL, the various lounges at Heathrow T3 and T5 and... that's it AFAIK.
Don't think I'll be visiting Helsinki anytime soon as the fares always seem prohibitive compared to other European destinations.
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 5:00 pm
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Originally Posted by DirektornSE
Just to understand, you are looking for One World lounges in Europe?
So Finnair and BA would be the only option here and your selection is extremely limited as Star Alliance have more loungers in Europe
There are also the IB lounges at MAD and the JL lounge at FRA. QR have a lounge in CDG, albeit the wrong terminal for BA departures.

Originally Posted by sigma421
Finnair Platinum Wing at HEL, the various lounges at Heathrow T3 and T5 and... that's it AFAIK.
The JL lounge at FRA has a First Class section, albeit with limited opening hours, and theres the BA First lounge at LGW.
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Butts
I think Istanbul is one of the biggest Lounges I have been in with a wonderful outdoor smoking area..
The Istanbul lounge was a nice space but the food on offer when we went was dire.
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 6:53 pm
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Also see the recommendations in this thread:
Best (and worst) lounge your Silver card gets you in.

For more detail on the EUR lounges, also see:
BA Lounge Database | Europe
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Old Mar 30, 2023, 10:18 pm
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As several FT-ers have implied above, the only real highlights in UK / Europe (that you wont have had access to previously status-wise) are the F section of CX lounge @ LHR T3 and Finnairs Platinum @ HEL. Another vote too for IBs spacious lounge @ MAD T4S .very pleasant indeed (though no Gold card required) with some quality food offerings, excellent tarmac views, and courteous staff (IME at least) ; surprisingly relaxing if you catch it at a quiet spell. If youre keen to try BAs own F (ie Gold) lounge @T5 then ok, youll see an improvement versus Galleries for Silver, but only marginally - dont get your hopes up !

In truth, the quality OW lounge experiences for GCH holders are all much further afield .. in the likes of Japan, HK (back to full lounge strength by around the middle of the year I believe) & Australia.
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 1:06 am
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Originally Posted by subject2load
As several FT-ers have implied above, the only real highlights in UK / Europe (that you wont have had access to previously status-wise) are the F section of CX lounge @ LHR T3 and Finnairs Platinum @ HEL. Another vote too for IBs spacious lounge @ MAD T4S .very pleasant indeed (though no Gold card required) with some quality food offerings, excellent tarmac views, and courteous staff (IME at least) ; surprisingly relaxing if you catch it at a quiet spell. If youre keen to try BAs own F (ie Gold) lounge @T5 then ok, youll see an improvement versus Galleries for Silver, but only marginally - dont get your hopes up !

In truth, the quality OW lounge experiences for GCH holders are all much further afield .. in the likes of Japan, HK (back to full lounge strength by around the middle of the year I believe) & Australia.
The Qantas first lounges in LAX and SIN are excellent too
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 1:33 am
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If you can go further afield, head to QR's Al Safwa lounge at DOH. Note that it's for passengers on QR first only (not BA Gold, One World Emerald). If budget is tight, a QR or BA economy flight to DOH with a regional connection in QR first (e.g. to Kuwait, Bahrain) would get you in. (Call QR to book mixed class ticket)

Within Europe, the friendliest lounge may well be the third party, Aspire, at BHD (now partly closed for renovation). Good food at the third party lounge in Brussels.
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 1:41 am
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Originally Posted by FlightDetective
I think the Finnair Platinum Wing has to be up there.

I'm booked to go to Helsinki in August... looking forward to trying the sauna.

Also, if you book right, you can get the A350 with the new non-reclining business class seats.
the problem right now is that the a350 service departs early in the morning before the Platinum Wing opens for the day. IIRC, the PW doesnt open until 1030.
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 2:20 am
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Originally Posted by TTmex
The Istanbul lounge was a nice space but the food on offer when we went was dire.
I definitely concur, but to me provision of a wonderful smoking area within the lounge area is mamma from heaven.
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 2:34 am
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Originally Posted by HFHFFlyer
the problem right now is that the a350 service departs early in the morning before the Platinum Wing opens for the day. IIRC, the PW doesnt open until 1030.
The standard lounge is still pretty good. Just not waiter service like the Platinum Wing
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 3:16 am
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Originally Posted by babyg_wc
LGW is BAs best F(gold) lounge (CCR is not a F lounge)..
That said the majority of non-BA F lounges are better.. especially LHR T3-CX, AA, etc IMHO depending on what you are into
Go further afield for QF, CX first lounges everywhere (well except AKL)...
What the heck? I didn't even know BA has a lounge at LGW. Is it better than any of its lounges at LHR?
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by FlightDetective
I think the Finnair Platinum Wing has to be up there.

I'm booked to go to Helsinki in August... looking forward to trying the sauna.

Also, if you book right, you can get the A350 with the new non-reclining business class seats.
I've tried it and ​​​​​​I can confirm that it's amazing! Too bad LHR-HEL was such a short flight.
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