The long overdue refresh of British Airways' flagship first class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport is now complete, and it looks – well, fresher.
BA steered clear of giving the lounge a makeover along similar lines to its recently-opened Singapore lounge, although that far-flung Asian cousin does contain some BA lounge hallmarks.
Over 220 new pieces of furniture, ranging from stylish high-backed chairs, occasional tables, dining furniture and sofas now dress the zooshed-up T5 lounge.
There's new carpet, too, while the 'oak-wooded floors' have been re-sanded, waxed and polished.
BA also says you'll have less of a hard time finding AC outlets to recharge your travel tech before the flight, with more powerpoints scattered around the lounge.
All that being said: we should note that this is arguably a 'BA first class lounge' in name only, as travellers in BA first class actually use the adjacent and much more exclusive Concorde Room.
The first lounge is the domain of top-tier British Airways and Oneworld frequent flyers booked into business class, premium economy or economy. So it's really more of a 'BA Gold / Oneworld Emerald lounge'.
British Airways will also open a new Concorde Bar at Dubai Airport this month, based on the Concorde Bar concept of its Singapore lounge, with access restricted to BA first class passengers and top-tier Executive Club frequent flyers holding a Concorde Room Card or the invitation-only black Premier card.
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