Updated on March 16, 2016
With the 1.5 hour, mostly non-eventful flight from Frankfurt to LHR in the books, Jaime and I made the trek from Terminal 5C to Terminal 4.
Back in Frankfurt, the BA representative gave us ticket folders that had information about our transfer in Heathrow. It told us that from Terminal 5 it would take about 75 minutes, and from Terminal 5B or 5C if could take up to 90 minutes. This seemed completely absurd that it would take that long, and it made me a little more nervous for our just over 2.5 hour layover.Now obviously I wasn’t worried about missing the flight, but with this being our honeymoon I wanted everything to be perfect, which meant having time in the EY lounge before the best flight of my life!
Being a travel blogger (albeit very part time), I’ve read countless horror stories regarding transferring LHR. I was absolutely prepared for the worst and was luckily surprised in a good way!Our flight landed in Terminal 5C, meaning we literally had the longest possible transit in LHR, going from 5C to 4. Much to our delight, from disembarking the plane to getting through the security checkpoint at Terminal 4 (yes, you have to go through security again – it was literally just the two of us) it only took us about 40 minutes!
After going through the security at Terminal 4, we went to the Etihad desk, wanting to get our next two flights’ boarding passes printed on Etihad stock (as we had temporary passes on BA stock). While we were there the agent also re-confirmed that our bags were being tagged all the way to the Maldives, to which we concurred, of course. This comes in to play a few installments from now (scroll down to and take a guess).
New boarding passes in hand all the way to the Maldives, along with another set of baggage tags, we were are set!
All caught up on our transit at Heathrow, let’s take a look at the trip so far:
It was pretty easy to find the lounge as it’s actually right across the hall from the departure gate. You have to go down a floor via stairs or elevator to get to the lounge.
After getting our daily exercise (give me a break, it’s our honeymoon), we got to the front desk and they were waiting for us, checking our name off a list. They showed us into the lounge and explained some of the intricacies of it.
We took a quick loop around the lounge and then settled on a table (one of the only ones available) near the bar to get some grub. While we knew we would be eating on our flight to AUH in the wonderful First Apartments, we were pretty hungry and decided to just grab a little bit of food.
The lounge isn’t overly large. Here’s a quick summary:
Did you get the picture of the lounge? No? Great. No one every really does. It’s hard to picture the exact layout of a lounge you’ve never been to, and honestly it doesn’t matter if you really get it. Just look at the pictures.
While I walked around taking photos, Jaime sat down at the table while connecting to the wifi and checking out the menu.
Like I said earlier in the post, we each order off the menu, while I also got some pasta from the buffet. We obviously complimented these meals with champagne.
I had the Tagliatelle and it was superb. Jaime had the same and copied my opinions of it (Copy Cat).
During our meal, a lounge attendant came up to me and asked me about our checked bags. This worried me a little, considering we have now confirmed TWICE that they were being checked to the Maldives. She told me our bags were only checked to Abu Dhabi, and asked if I wanted to check them all the way to the Maldives. I obviously answered YES….guess what happened? (stay tuned a few more posts).
Annnnyyyyyyyy way, back to the meal. To accompany my meal I got penne pasta from the buffet and some of the bread. It was just easier to grab that than bother the waiter for bread.
The lounge was pretty solid for a non-hub lounge. It had pretty good food, good vibe, massage services and even a kid’s room. It was very hot though – very hot. I took off my jacket and was still sweating in just a polo. A big part of that could have had to deal with the fact that the lounge was completely packed, so who knows. If that’s my biggest complaint about a lounge – good job.