Review: Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3

Visited August 2015

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3

Where is it?

The Cathay Pacific lounges are located airside in terminal 3. The lounge is designated ‘Lounge C’ and the entrance is to the left after leaving the main taxfree area heading for the gates. The reception desk is on the first floor and can be reached using the lift or stairs.

How do I get in?

A first class ticket with Cathay Pacific will get you in but also if you travel on any other OneWorld airline in first class, and currently there are a fair few using terminal 3 at Heathrow such as British Airways, American Airlines, Qantas and JAL Japan Airlines.

OneWorld Emerald cardholders will get in irrespective of cabin class, as long as they fly on a OneWorld carrier from Heathrow the same day. And strangely enough Finnair Gold passengers can also use the first class lounge when flying Finnair.

What’s it like?

The lounge is divided into a first class lounge to the left of the reception desk and a business lounge to the right. The first class lounge has large panorama windows overlooking the apron and the southern runway. The natural light makes it feel larger than it really is.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
View of the apron and the runway

The design is the old Cathay Pacific lounge design, still available at some outstation airports but being replaced by a newer design, which is a bit more neutral and less sleek in its colours. The design is still very elegant though in brown and dark wood with armchairs and sofas in different shades of grey.

Food and drinks

The self-service buffet is located in the separate restaurant section to the left of the entrance offering hot food, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, desserts and pastries.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
Cold cuts and vegetables

Overall the self-service buffet is very well maintained and the presentation rather attractive.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
Fruits and desserts with a nice presentation

The selection of hot food includes mostly Asian dishes such as rice and curry and noodles. It is also possible to order some dishes from the staff which are made to order.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
The menu at the self-service buffet with some items available for order
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
The selection of noodles
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
Selection of hot food for self service

The drinks selection is surprisingly extensive for such a small lounge including Veuve Cliquot champagne (sometimes there are two brands of champagne to choose between), some decent wines, spirits and soft drinks. Coffee and tea are also available.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
The self-service bar

There are four reds and four whites to choose between.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
Four reds to choose between

And some spirits, although nothing out of the ordinary here.

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3
Selection of spirits

Facilities

There is a small business centre with internet computers and free wireless internet is also provided in the lounge. Just by the buffet area there is a rack with British and international newspapers.

Toilets and showers are also available, shared with the business lounge and located next to the reception area. There is a discreet door leading from the buffet area to the corridor with the restrooms.

Final impression

The lounge is quite impressive for an outstation with a decent selection of food and drinks and a very nice view of the apron and the runway.

About MorePremium.com 1018 Articles
My interest in premium travels and frequent travels started in the 90’s, so to date I have over 20 years of premium travel experience. MorePremium.com will mostly be about my own experiences, based on my own knowledge and my travel history, but you will also find news items, analyses, tips and tricks and reports from events.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


eighteen − six =