March 12, 2016

Review: United Arrivals Lounge London

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Terminal 2 at London's Heathrow Airport is really something.  It is after all, The Queen's Terminal. 

Our bags were out in less than 10 minutes and were soon in the arrivals hall.  It took us a minute to find the arrivals you exit, make a left and look for the signage on the wall.  We didn't see any signage on the overhead signs.

Entrance to the LHR Arrivals Lounge in Terminal 2
We were quickly admitted and the lounge attendant asked if we'd like a shower.  Yes was the answer.  They offered to store our larger bags while we showered/ate which was greatly appreciated.  
They have 17 showers in this lounge (shared with other Star Alliance partners) and according to the lounge staff, that's not enough on Monday morning.  On Saturday morning, we were the only ones showering at this hour.

Showers behind every door
The shower rooms are actually really nice and stocked with Cowshed amenities.

More Cowshed

Another rain shower

Plenty of amenities
I finished up first and grabbed a seat in the lounge for doppio and a croissant.  I thought the buffet food spread was outstanding for a United lounge.

Emily joined me and we ordered breakfast.  There's maybe 8-10 items on the breakfast menu.  Food was decent albeit a bit on the slow side.  Something to consider if you are in a rush - I would imagine things are even slower when the lounge is really busy.

Leaving The Queen's Terminal

After breakfast we headed outside the terminal and down several escalators to grab the Heathrow Express to Paddington.

Serious public art

Final Thoughts:

Shower, food, and coffee are the three top priorities off a long haul flight.  The lounge delivers on all three fronts.  It is clean, bright, and comfortable.  There were plenty of power outlets to recharge phones and laptops.  I'd highly recommend stopping in if you arrive in London off a redeye.  Being able to shower and eat before a day of meetings or sightseeing is game changing.

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