There’s a first time for everything and I was doing something I’ve never done before at Heathrow – shower in the British Airways Arrivals lounge in Terminal 5. Usually when I arrive at LHR, I leave as quickly as possible to get to the hotel to shower and sleep in my attempt to deal with (avoid) jet lag. That’s when I land at 6:30 a.m. For my last trip to London Heathrow, I had a later arrival, near 10 a.m. so I opted to visit the British Airways Arrivals Lounge in Terminal 5 (T5). as I was in need of its services, specifically for a BA Shower at Heathrow, which is separate from the Elemis Spa. If I was on a long layover/connection, I might consider enjoying the Spa (and Shower facilities) at the Sofitel T5, a luxury hotel at the airport connected to Terminal 5 (you need to exit the secure area) but London was my destination and I needed to refresh from the overnight flight before going about my day of travel shows and vendor visits.
British Airways Arrivals Lounge T5
Like the rest of the BA lounges, the setup includes an Elemis Spa (first come, first served treatments), a self-serve café and various areas to dine, relax and work. The arrivals lounge also has a private Concorde Room for First passengers to enjoy a hot breakfast with private booths and waiter service. The arrivals lounge also had a plethora of showers (I’ve read 94!) plus cabanas for those First passengers wanting a tub only option.
British Airways Shower Suites
Arriving at the shower desk, I checked in and was assigned a numbered shower suite (don’t get too excited it’s small). I was not shown to the suite, I guess she assumed I had been here before. I quickly surveyed the open common areas which had lounge chairs, a table set with bottled water and staff wandering with towels.
Inside the BA Shower Suite
When I opened the door to the shower suite and brought my massive suitcase with me (rookie error – I should have stored my luggage in the lounge and bring only my carry on with change of clothes) I still had some space left to move about but it was tight.
The design is similar to the lounge bathrooms which is to say a blah but functional. It’s not luxury design but then again this isn’t about spending all day, just refresh and move along, although they could try to make it a bit nicer. There is a hairdryer attached to the wall (those odd vacuum looking ones), a wall of mirrors above the small sink and toilet. On the wall behind were towels, hooks and a bench. Further in the cabana was a large shower with Elemis shower gel and shampoo/conditioner (can’t be picky that it’s all in one). Missing were flip-flops for those of us who are a bit OCD about public showers.
If you opened the door up you could hang a suit jacket, pants or blouse for ironing/pressing. You put the items inside and then pressed a button to notify staff. So while you are showering and getting ready, your clothes can look neatly pressed and allow you to be ready to go to the office or meeting.
The Shower at Heathrow Experience
The water pressure was good the entire time which was surprising given the number of showers in the area. I luckily missed the rush and it was a Saturday so that also helped. With a good amount of hot water, I steamed up the entire cabana. If there was a vent, I couldn’t find it so short of opening the door half-naked, I just dealt with the heat. You are supplied with two towels which was enough for me.
The vacuum hair dryers attached to the wall are always a bit tricky to use when you have long hair like I do – it takes longer because they are generally lower speed and heat. But I looked presentable which was fine.
Once I was done, I put the towel on the floor and exited into the cool expanse of the hallway leaving my shower suite (and now sauna) behind. I found a chair to relax and sort my luggage prior to exiting into the lounge for a quick snack before I went to drop my suitcase with AirPortr, a london luggage delivery service that was also a convenience this trip.
Overall – My Shower at Heathrow
It was interesting to use the British Airways Arrival lounge shower at Heathrow. The amenity is definitely great for those who usually fly in early and go right to the office bypassing their hotel and those flying in from the really long haul destinations like Sydney and Singapore. Since I was on my way into the city for the two convention shows while AirPortr transported my luggage, the luxury of a shower was quite welcome since I would not get to the hotel until after 8 p.m. The BA Arrivals lounge shower at Heathrow T5 is only open to British Airways passengers flying First and Club World and those BA Gold elite card holders that have lounge access. Now that I know I can shower at Heathrow upon arrival, I may just use the shower suite again.
So would you shower at Heathrow if you had the chance?