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I am looking for some info from those in the know. I have never been through LHR. My first trip will be at the end of this summer, assuming travel has opened up fully by then. I am set to fly BA from SFO to MAD. I will be in first class for the first portion of the trip and in club europe for the second portion. I have a 2 hour and 10 minute lay over in Terminal 5 at LHR. The trip is on one ticket and I assume my bags will be checked through. I have a US passport.
I would naturally like to maximize any lounge time that my tickets entitle me too. What is the quickest way to get from my arriving plane to a BA lounge? Will I need to clear security? Is there a fast track I will be able to use? Will I have access to the concorde room based on the first class SFO to LHR portion of the voyage? Any suggestions on getting the most out of this short layover? Someone mentioned a cabana in the Concorde room, but would it be worth it for such a short layover?
I will make the same trip back in reverse order MAD-LHR-SFO two weeks later with another 2 hour layover (business then first class ticket). Anything I should/will need to do differently on the way back?
As always, thanks for sharing your knowledge.
If you arrive at T5 you *may* need to take a train, but it’s a pretty easy inter-terminal connection. You will need to clear security whenever connecting at Heathrow, but as a first class passenger you’ll be eligible for Fast Track. They are VERY strict about liquids, but otherwise efficient.
After your documents are checked you’ll go up the escalator, then join the security queue. Once you’ve been screened, you’ll notice everyone else is turning left, but you want to turn right. There will be a BA agent at a podium outside of some silvery double-doors. Show them your boarding pass from SFO-LHR (with the first class indicator), and they will let you in to the Concorde room. Ben has a review on that here: https://onemileatatime.com/british-airways-concorde-room-review/
I would personally skip the cabanas unless you think you’ll be desperate for a shower. They are overdue for renovation.
Thanks Tiffany. Your knowledge and helpfulness never ceases to impress me.