Headed for a flight this morning from LHR terminal 5, I was surprised to see that a lot of the lower departures level is still a building site, with areas cordoned off and boarded up. The V bar has been closed for what seems ages, the escalator down from Harrods to World Duty Free has been boarded up for a long time too. Now, it seems that Tiffany’s and Prada are having a facelift and where WHSmith and the Caviar House were to the south of the terminal, the boards still stand. Despite having status, I liked the V bar as it was a cool place to relax with friends who didn’t have lounge access as it offered a wide range of food and drinks.
Does anyone know when all the works will be completed? I know there are bigger problems in the world to worry about, but to me, all the boarded up areas hardly show off terminal 5 in its best light as holidaymakers are passing through.
I was in T5 recently and noticed a lot of boarded up retail outlets. My initial thought was that the first round of leases since opening are coming to an end and some retailers have decided not to renew.
I imagine the annual rent for a central location in T5a must be huge!