LGW First Lounge - great experience!

Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:03 am
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LGW First Lounge - great experience!

First time flying from LGW in years. What a lovely surprise the first lounge is! 1000 times better than the LHR First lounge.

Order to seat meals (including a delicious cheese burger and chips, afternoon tea set with warm fresh baked scones, cheese board), incredibly friendly staff (and lots of them), great drinks selection and coffee and a nice quiet ambience. Staff are so pro active and helpful, not experienced this before! Coming around and asking if any drinks top-ups are required or if they can get anything else for us, making conversation; just generally very helpful. And cleaners are constantly going around tidying and sweeping.

Very positively surprised after my recent awful experiences at LHR with overcrowding and dirty seats/tables. Just thought Id share something positive for a change!
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:09 am
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Shhhh don't tell everyone

Fully agree, I've used LGW a lot this year, and always enjoyed the lounge. Don't miss First Wing as have never queued more than five mins for fast track security. Worse part of the experience IMO is how hectic the main upstairs can be, but you're soon through that and into the tranquil lounge
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:21 am
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Yes, aside from the FW check-in, LGW beats LHR hands down.

I sometimes nip across to the Club lounge to see what's on the buffet and salad bar, I think the LGW Club lounge is generally better than LHR First.
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:26 am
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Not been in the LGW F Lounge, but the regular one is fab too, much better than any LHR offerings. Ambience, staff, food, all superior. Such a shame I only fly from/to there once a year...
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:27 am
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Totally agree re the lounge- it is just a shame there is no where useful to fly to from LGW
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:37 am
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Don't forget the lavatories and showers that don't look like they've been ripped out of a hospital.
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by BJ787
Don't forget the lavatories and showers that don't look like they've been ripped out of a hospital.
so true! Those 90s NHS vibes are not missed
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Looking forward to a couple of hours in the lounge tomorrow. I hope they have a decent champagne.

I'm flying to DLM, which is very useful to collect 80 Qantas SC's.
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Old Nov 3, 2023, 9:37 am
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They also called group 1 boarding on its own! My last few LHR flights have seen 1-3 called together, resulting in a massive scrum. Much more civilised.
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Old Nov 4, 2023, 5:01 pm
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Agree - Gatwick lounge is miles ahead, probably because it's relatively underused 🙂 Staff, decor, bathrooms, food, general ambience all excellent.
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Old Nov 5, 2023, 1:12 pm
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Completely agree. No disrespect to LHR but both the club and first lounges at LGW seem calm, clean and civilized in comparison. The showers are always the biggest surprise to me. Connecting early morning from TATL to a domestic flight, hubby and I have always been able to have a shower. No wait, no fuss. I can’t comment on the LHR showers as we have a 100% failure rate there. The shortest wait I was quoted was 4 hours and on several occasions have been told they are too full to take further reservations.

LGW lounges are something BA should be proud of.
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Old Nov 5, 2023, 1:57 pm
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I don't have access to the First lounges but agree the LGW Club lounge is far better than either in T5A at LHR and probably better than T5B too (though I haven't been since that was refurbished)

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Old Nov 5, 2023, 2:12 pm
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LGW FLounge js great! We use it a couple of times a year to those nice warm Caribbean destinations!

Never crowded, great staff … only personal down side is always having to connect from LHR!
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Old Nov 5, 2023, 2:51 pm
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It is nice but given there must surely be more F seats on BA metal out of LGW than LHR T3, a mini-CCR would be better. Why is there not one?
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Old Nov 5, 2023, 3:06 pm
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BA does not operate any flights with first class out of Gatwick.
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