· Beverages: No matter what lounge you choose, you'll be greeted with fine wines, beers, and fully-stocked liquor cabinets. There are champagne bars, coffee houses, and many other options to whet your whistle before or after the flight. The BA First Lounges even offer afternoon tea, something you'd probably expect from British Airways but is always a welcome gesture. Even in the "lesser" Terrace Lounges you'll be sipping fresh juices and cappuccinos away from the commoners outside.
· Snacks: Pre-flight dining is available in most of the lounges, but the First Lounge, known as The Concorde Room, is where they take luxury and convenience to the next level. Get to the airport early enough to experience fine-dining in a private booth with full waiter service. If you however had your heart set on Sbarro for your pre-flight meal, you can still snack your way through the lounges. Each has an assortment of sweet and savory items, along with hot buffets that serve up options with a little more sustenance.
· Other Amenities: There's plenty of workstations, copiers, faxes, and other office equipment to get the job done before you take off. Before heading out to meet that important client or boarding the double-decker bus tour, swing by the Arrivals Lounge in London-Heathrow Terminal 5 for a shower while a valet presses your suit. Complimentary treatments at the Elemis Travel Spa are available to the fancier customers, where they can enjoy the Flying Feet service: your feet will be gently cleansed with warm mitts that create a little lime aromatherapy action, while hot stones will be used to massage your feet to the point of total relaxation. Just make sure you actually leave the airport, although by this point we'd have to be coaxed to do so.
· What To Watch Out For: They have many locations around the world from the US and Canada to Africa. If you're flying to Asia or Australia, you may have to settle for their shared status with Qantas and access their lounge instead. The best of the best are present at London-Heathrow Terminal 5, so we recommend flying there no matter how scared you are about losing your luggage. Overall, if you have access to any level of the British Airways' family of lounges, you should be quite the happy traveler.
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·British Airways Lounges [Official Site]
·British Airways Has Bidets In Their First Class Lounge [Jaunted]
·Airport Lounges coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of The Concorde Room lounge in LHR: garybembridge]