After spending a few days in Athens and venturing around the beautiful islands of Greece it was time to continue my travels. My following flight schedule was as follow: Athens to London Heathrow flying British Airways and London Heathrow to Los Angeles with American Airlines. My final destination for the day was Los Angeles and the next day I was flying to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
I arrived to the airport at 5:30am and was dropped off by my car service – I went through the priority check in Athens and I was cleared in matters of minutes – though I was slightly harassed by the British airways agent who thought my briefcase and carry on wouldn’t fit on the overhead compartment of the Airbus A320 taking me London. After explaining her that everything fit properly on the way in – she finally let me through. She claimed that I flew a 767 from London to Athens on the way in and I politely corrected her that I flew an A320 on the way to Athens. Some agents, I am telling ya 😉
After clearing security, I made my way to British Airways galleries lounge. Which access is granted for OneWorld Emeralds & Sapphires – be sure to have your frequent flyer cards in hand. I was the first one at the lounge and waited about 10 minutes for an agent to arrive to her desk – she apologized for the wait and my admission was granted in minutes.
British Airways – Galleries Club Athens (overview).
The lounge was nothing impressive in my opinion – it is a very standard lounge but a lounge beats waiting at terminal. It offers several seatings for the guest to enjoy. For example some of the amenities are the following: computer station, a small refreshment and food pantry station along with a bar type area which it was full of waters that morning. I am guessing as the day progresses the bar refreshment changes with some alcoholic beverages and sodas, because at the time no sodas were served only water and juice.
Club lounge seating
British Airways Galleries Club – Computer station and more seating
Food at the British Airways Galleries Lounge
The food at the lounge was nothing that made me say “WOW DELICIOUS” but it is your standard lounge food such as pastries, wrap sandwiches, crackers and chips. The food doesn’t compare to what you get at the American Express Centurion Lounge but every lounge has their style and this is what the British Airways Galleries Lounge offers. I am guessing the options get better for the afternoon departure as a variety of food could be added. The pastries were’t bad at all and the chocolate croissant were my favorites, however the sandwiches being offered weren’t too good as they were fairly dry and not edible. Besides the pastries you will also find fruits such as apples and bananas along with different types of cereal.
Drinks at the British Airways Galleries Lounge
The drinks at the lounge are your standard ones you would see at a lounge – A variety of water and sparkling water, wine (red and white), and orange juice. I felt like the lounge was lacking on the aspect of adding more variety on drinks. I noticed that their fridge was fairly empty with no other refreshments so my guess is that they were getting things re-stocked. I do admit I arrived at the lounge fairly early and I was the only one in it for 30 minutes, I will give the lounge the benefit of the doubt that they were restocking things for the day. The lounge also provides a coffee machine for you to make your own coffee the way you like it.
Walking around the lounge you will notice several staff members collecting trash and keeping the lounge nice and clean. They do a great job on keeping things organized which is always a plus. Furthermore, several TV monitors are also mounted on the wall for your viewing pleasure. If you are a fan of reading magazines you will also find a rack of a variety of magazines around the dining area of the lounge for you to grab and enjoy, they are all complimentary.
Keep in mind this lounge does not offer toilets inside which is completely odd in my opinion – so if you are wanting to use the toilet, you have to go outside on the terminal – strange concept so don’t forget your boarding pass when exiting the lounge to use the washroom. Unless you notified the agent that you will be going and coming back.
British Airways Galleries Club Bottom line
The lounge is simple – As a OneWorld Emerald I always appreciate the moment when I am granted access into a lounge because waiting at the terminal is never fun. The lounge didn’t wow me and they are several things that they could improve on but for the time I spent in it – it was just fine.
Have you visited this lounge before? If so, what are your thoughts?