British Airways Terminal 5.
Gateway to The World.

The light-filled, space-age interior of T5

The Galleries Club Lounge is open to Club World, Club Europe, Gold, and Silver Executive Club members.

The First lounge within Terminal 5 contains a wide range of art and innovation. The glass panels were designed by world-renowned artist Christopher Pearson.
Collectively the lounges at Heathrow, known as galleries, are capable of hosting up to 2,500 people.

Story by Ken Panton

With keen foresight dating back to 1988, British Airways realized that the passenger’s travel experience would be greatly enhanced with the addition of a range of dining and shopping options, lounges, and technological outposts throughout the terminal.  The idea and planning of Terminal 5 began in 1989, but did not commence until 2001 when the plans were accepted by the UK government.

The terminal was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 14th March 2008 and then opened to passengers on the 27th March 2008. Terminal 5 is Heathrow Airport’s largest terminal and used exclusively by British Airways.  Terminal 5 is sleek and modern and this state-of-the art building is the largest freestanding building in the UK. The glass and steel structure is lofty and open, and designed to increases the building’s energy efficiency. 

There is a whole world to explore within Terminal 5. For passengers traveling with First Class or Club World tickets, the BA lounges provide a sanctuary of calmness, efficiency, and luxury that will spoil even the most seasoned traveler.  With deep and luxurious furniture upholstered in rich velvets and classic tailored herringbone, the lounge is a welcoming and posh environment. I greatly enjoyed having an exceptional dinner in the lounge, complete with waiter service, before my flight.

Like no other airport lounge that I have visited, BA’s Concorde Room is the epitome of elegance and the perfect setting for both relaxation and business. The Concorde Room’s décor is inspired by the finest 5-star full service and boutique hotels. The luxurious furnishing and traditional chandeliers create a calm and exclusive environment for First Class customers. The Terrace Lounges are exclusively for First, Club World, Club Europe customers, Gold and Silver Executive Club members and their guests, all of whom can relax with a snack and a libation at the World Bar. Guests can choose to dine before they board and unwind with a stress-relieving complementary massage in the Elemis Spa.

The Work and Entertainment zone offers all the latest technological gadgetry for guests that must stay wired before they fly. Outside the lounges Harrods, Tiffany & Co, Mulberry, Prada, Kurt Geiger, and Reiss have all created unique Terminal 5 stores. Many of the shops, including Paul Smith's Globe, offer exclusive Terminal 5 pieces.

Acclaimed Chief Gordon Ramsay’s exciting restaurant, Plane Food, offers delicious, freshly prepared selections in a stunning setting awash with glorious natural light and views to the outer runway.

If you are like most of us and your travel time is limited, rest assured that check-in and security clearance is often completed with 35 minutes at Terminal 5 (with carry on luggage). Passengers are required to be at the gate a brief 20 minutes before the flight. I don’t recommend traveling with only seconds to spare, especially when there’s so much to enjoy at Terminal 5!