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Anonymous7 Dec 2012
In the morning at LHR, I am usually connecting and take my shower in the regular lounge (North or South depending on the time).
Next time, I’ve a three hours stop and was wondering whether the arrival lounge was worth it or not.
Thanks.7 Dec 2012
In my view – YES
You get a nice shower (which might gargle at you a bit), have your suit pressed – freshen up etc .
Then you have the full breakfast layout as you do in the regular First Lounge (South).
I use it every time i land early morning. So nice to freshen up and get a good feed before heading into London. (or on another flight as you are)7 Dec 2012
I assume from your reference to North and South that you are coming into T5. I am not convinced that the arrival lounge is worth the trek through immigration and security if you are in fact connecting through. Personally, I would stay airside and use the departure lounges, and take advantage of the longer layover try to get a spa appointment instead
Having said that, I haven’t used the showers in the departure lounges. If they are adequate (and you can clearly draw your own conclusions on that score!) then that would merely reinforce what I say above as the arrival lounge showers aren’t up to much IMHO – they are clearly pump-fed rather than relying on gravity/pressure-cylinders, with the result that they surge, but even then the pressure isn’t very high. The drains are also pumped and VERY NOISY. I have also on several occasions had to queue to get showers on arrival.7 Dec 2012
You also get to enjoy a treatment in the Elemis Spa.
If you have lots of time, try for one of the infinity baths. I think they are names this because they take an infinity to run, thanks to T5’s eco-plumbing!7 Dec 2012
I’ve used the arrival lounge twice for +2hrs connections for Stockholm-Arlanda. I enjoy the experience, including having a shirt pressed whilst showering. As I travel mostly with carry-on only, or the bags have been in transit it has been perfectly fine time wise. Considering the UK requirements of new security screening regardless, I don’t mind the extra walk and passport control.7 Dec 2012
I would say yes. I have done this before when I have arrived on an early flight into LHR and it is fairly decent. The feeling and sensation of freshening up before a long day in the office cheers you up,for sure!14 Dec 2012