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It was quite a task to visit one of the best airport lounges in the world, the British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow. I originally booked my ticket from HNL-LAX-LHR-Milan, but decided to skip the Milan flight and stay in London. Terminating our flights in Milan resulted in about $200 in taxes per person, but that loophole was closed shortly after (that’s how we only paid $329 for taxes on British Airways). Since we still had the Milan portion booked, our plan was to not check in any luggage and just exit the airport at London Heathrow. However, since we had a continuing ticket onward from London, we were able to visit the Concorde Room. The troublesome part was that we had go through security again to get to the Concorde Room and then find a way to exit the airport.
British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow Review
After our flight, we zoomed through security with our First Class fast passes. We walked down the other side of the airport to the Concorde Room. Upon entering, we showed our British Airways First Class tickets from LAX-LHR and LHR-LIN. My first impression was that the lounge was beautiful. I was only able to book one massage treatment for the wife because I booked it too late. I also couldn’t book a cabana, but that was okay because we wanted to explore London and not be stuck in an airport.
My wife had the shoulder and scalp massage for 15 minutes and said she really enjoyed it. However, she wasn’t in that great of a mood because she wanted to go into the city while I wanted to stop by the Concorde Room =\. I didn’t take any pictures of any of the massage booths, but its basically one big room separated with curtains. She tipped the lady $5 USD. Not sure if that was necessary or not being a First Class passenger and all.
While she was having her massage, I went to the Concorde Room bar. It was quite intimidating with all these expensive alcoholic bottles on the wall. However this was different, everything was free (well, included in the first class award ticket). I was like a kid at the candy store deciding what to have. I’ve never been to such a fancy bar, but I wanted to try JW Blue because I didn’t get to try it on the plane. It was quite strong, but smooth at the same time. I’m no expert on alcohol though. I suppose that you could spend lots of time at the bar and have unlimited premium alcohol, but that would have been a bad idea. I wanted to find my way to London on the tube.
After meeting my wife, we decided to check out the Concorde Dining Room. The dining room felt like we were eating at a fancy restaurant, but everything on the menu was free. I wish we were more hungry so we could try more things on the menu. I only ordered the Wild Mushroom soup and she ordered the haddock.
After enjoying a meal at the Concorde Dining Room, we just walked right on out of the lounge and attempted to exit the airport. This is where it gets interesting. Apparently, you cannot just walk right out of the airport once passing security. You need to go to customer service and sign up on a list to be escorted out. It was about 2:20 PM, and they only escort people out once an hour. This sucked because we had to wait until 3:00 PM to be escorted. We didn’t want to risk the chance of missing the escort time, so we sat around by the customer service area.
The British Airways Concorde Room lived up to its hype as one of the best airport lounges in the world. There’s something about the decor and exclusiveness of the lounge that makes it so cool. For some reason, the idea of ordering anything off the menu for free is simply awesome (even though I didn’t fully take advantage of that). If you like drinking, they have tons of alcoholic choices and you could definitely drink your $$$ worth. However, I don’t think I would go out of my way to visit an airport lounge again because it takes away from our vacation time. We probably would have rather went straight to the city instead of jumping through hoops to visit an airport lounge no matter how nice it is, but if you are transiting to another flight it would be another story. Hopefully more British Airways First Class availability opens up soon, I’ve seen a couple seats on LAX-LHR on the new A380 once in a while, but they’re not easy to find. Flying to Europe from the east cost is much easier than from the west coast.