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Surprisingly, this was my first British Airways flight. We’re in Luxembourg and Budapest this week for some after-Thanksgiving Christmas markets. Our KLM flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to Luxembourg Airport (LUX) was cancelled a day in advance due to weather. I rebooked us through London Heathrow Airport (LHR) with a connection on British Airways because KLM (and the Lufthansa flight it offered as an alternative was way too late). I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious this lounge was especially after we popped into the overcrowded Centurion Lounge (more here).
The lounge is found in Zone F of Terminal 3. There are two sections to the Galleries Lounge. One is for First Class passengers and the second is for passengers traveling in Club World or Club Europe (Business Class).
First Class is to the left and the Club Lounge is to the right.
Access is granted to passengers traveling in First, Club World, or Club Europe. Those with Executive Club Gold or Silver status (plus one guest) and oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (plus one guest) are invited to use the lounge.
Anthony’s Take: As mentioned above, we first went to the Centurion Lounge by American Express. It was overcrowded and extremely warm. The British Airways Galleries Club Lounge was a nice reprieve and it had some delicious Indian and British food on offer for lunch. I was quite pleased with the visit.
The lounge was decked out for Christmas during our visit with multiple Christmas trees and other decor.
After being admitted, there is a second desk to assist with reservations.
All beverages in the lounge were self serve and there was not a true bar here. There are several options for beverages throughout the lounge. Near the front, you’ll find a case with soft drinks.
Some juices are also nearby.
Coffee machines were a bit further back.
Another station had water.
There is a dedicated wine and sparkling wine bar.
Sparkling wines were Bottega brand.
A nice selection of wines was available for self pours.
Even further into the lounge, you’ll find a massive wall of liquor and soft drinks.
Lunch was being served during our visit. There is a nice buffet with multiple hot dishes, salads, soup, and more.
Multiple salads were offered. All looked fresh and tasty.
Chips, hummus, salsa, and more
Pasta, peas, Butter Chicken, and rice. The Butter Chicken was delicious.
Fish cakes and savory pies
This lounge offers the food and drinks shown above, some magazines, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, a children’s play area, and lots of seating.
I liked the addition of live plants throughout several areas. Complimentary magazines could also be found here.
The children’s play area was vacant, but it’s great that the lounge has one to keep children busy and quiet.
While the lounge was busy, it did not feel overcrowded.
There was lots of open seating the further you went into the lounge.
We sat near the front and it was also empty.
Restrooms and showers were also located near the front of the lounge. The showers were occupied, so I was unable to get any photos.
The British Airways Galleries Club Lounge is a lovely space to pass some time working or relaxing before a flight. I loved the food options and found it so much more comfortable than the packed Centurion Lounge by American Express. I look forward to flying British Airways and visiting this lounge again.
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