Could this be the best airport lounge in the world? Qantas opens a luxurious room with a gin bar, Rockpool-inspired menu, bathroom, showers etc the lot, best of all, ANYONE can go in, it boasts many luxurious facilities and services but unlike other first class lounges, this is open to anyone who pays, even if they are not flying with Qantas.
The Facilities include:
A gin bar, a cocktail bar, two buffets, a Rockpool-inspired menu, bedrooms, bathrooms, showers, plush sofas spread across two levels, sheer luxury! There are six shower suites in all and for those looking to refresh, several bedrooms for the weary travellers who need to have a nap between flights.
Airport lounges are often exclusively reserved for first and business class flyers, but the Qantas International Lounge at London Heathrow Airport, which opened in November 2017, is open to all travellers willing to pay £55 – even if they are not flying with the Australian airline.
Available from 9.30am, brunch options include eggs Benedict, quinoa bowls, smoked salmon, roasted field mushrooms, and herbed bruschetta.
Lunch begins at 1pm and is comprised of hot and cold buffets. The hot buffet is comprised of soup, curries and dahl dishes, which were popular among travellers. A cold buffet of sandwiches, salads, cakes, fruit, and British classics like scones with jam and cream is available downstairs.
At 6pm, the Rockpool-inspired à la carte dinner service begins with favourites such as salt and pepper squid, buffalo mozzarella, steak and chips, a club sandwich and Pavlova.
In addition, there is an all-day barista service, Lattes, Cappuccinos Americanos, they are all there, and various refreshments and snacks are always available. Since the lounge is open from 8.30am to 8.30pm, brunch, lunch and dinner are all available depending on the time of day one is using the lounge.
Available from 9.30am, brunch options include eggs benedict, quinoa bowls, smoked salmon, roasted field mushrooms, and herbed bruschetta. Pictured: A quinoa bowl with a poached egg, avocado, kale and feta cheese. For those travelling on business, there is 24 hour wifi and various business facilities including flexible work spaces and workstations.
The Qantas London Lounge was formerly reserved to those flying first or business class but this was changed in mid-2019 when the payment scheme was introduced.
Although the price tag is not cheap, some travellers on long-haul flights may find the lounge worth it given the numerous high-quality facilities and services.