10 points for style, and 10 points for gin in the Qantas lounge…
Qantas has made quite a name for itself around the world, with their signature lounge network. Celebrity chef partnerships, high end design and the famous white jacket service has captured travelers creature comforts, appetites and interests for years, and when Qantas opened their latest lounge venture at London Heathrow Terminal 3, we had to put it to the test.
Upon walking in, guests are greeted with an inviting glass of sparkling and a wide selection of newspapers. The lounge is in the same row as all of the main Terminal 3 lounges, right next door to Qantas venerable OneWorld airline partner, Cathay Pacific. Unlike many Qantas lounges, there’s no separate section for first class, but the bi level space offers more than enough room for everyone.
For anyone looking for a bit of refreshment before their flight, showers are available and since they’re popular, it’s good to get your request in early.
It’s worth knowing that although the downstairs dining area is “billed” as the spot to eat your food, there’s a sizable buffet upstairs, and a a polite Qantas server will *generally without eye roll* bring you anything from the downstairs menu.
We found no shortage of staff patrolling the entire lounge area, and in case you’re worried about accidentally asking another guest for a cocktail, the Qantas staff are sharply dressed in white dinner jackets. Assuming James Bond isn’t on your flight, you’ll have no trouble.
If you like Gin, this is your Heathrow bar. If you like Aussie wine, this is also your best bet. Qantas London Heathrow Lounge beverage program is exceptionally good, with fine and rare gins on full display, for everything from a signature drink to a spirited G&T.
If you’re into the sweeter side of cocktails, go for the Qantas signature cocktail list. If you prefer dryer, more gin forward drinks, choose from the G&T based menu. For any wine lovers, the wine list is well above average for a business class lounge, with a predominantly Australian menu offering everything from a smooth riesling to a ripe, juicy Shiraz. And beer, yes, they have that too.
One such Qantas dining classic, available in Heathrow is the Salt & Pepper Squid. It’s one of the few things travel bloggers can agree on as being simply out of this world “good”.
A lounge is a space to hang out in relative peace before a flight, and this lounge does an excellent job of offering varied spaces and looks for all travelers. For gin fans and wine lovers, it’s a triumph for a business (and not first class) lounge, but I couldn’t help but feel as if there’s still a bit of room for improvement in the food department. I’d love for Neil Perry to go incognito and give this one an undercover sampling.
Have you been to the Qantas London Heathrow Terminal 3 Lounge?