Skyteam Lounge Heathrow – Terminal 4. I was a bit disrupted.
Series: Trip: Christmas 2015 - my first northern hemisphere Christmas
- My first Northern Hemisphere Christmas
- Flying to the UK in business is never cheap at Christmas, unless . . .
- Skyteam Lounge, Sydney – the living wall is only just clinging to life
- Vietnam Airlines – Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Hey, that A330 is a 777!
- Airport Hotel Transfers – a luxury that is worth it
- Intercontinental Asiana – Staff attention make it a little gem in Saigon
- What should an airport lounge be all about? Vietnam Airlines Lounge – Saigon
- I was a 787 virgin. And now I’ve taken the whole 9. Is it a dream – liner?
- Fly me to the moon, or Flybe to Newquay, but not many stars to play with.
- Off to the Northern Lights – Heathrow Terminal 2 – Priority Pass / Premium Plaza Lounge
- My first ever extreme cold weather flights and de-icing. Scandinavian Airlines London to Tromsø via Oslo
- What do you do when someone is already in the room you have been assigned? Clarion The Edge Hotel, Tromsø, Norway.
- The chase to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from Tromsø, Norway
- Skyteam Lounge Heathrow – Terminal 4. I was a bit disrupted.
- Vietnam Airlines London to Ho Chi Minh City, for some R ‘n R, and an urban break
- Not all Hotels are the same – Intercontinental Asiana, Saigon – the second time around
- HCMC – Saigon to everyone else
- Vietnam Airlines HCMC to Sydney
From relaxed to edgy
My mind was not on the lounge, it was taking umbrage at the inconvenience of it all – and wondering if I had in fact put everything I needed for Vietnam into one case, and everything I didn’t need into the other.
If we had arrived at midday for a 2:45pm departure, then it would have been lunch time in the lounge. But arriving around 9:15am meant it was neither breakfast, elevenses, or lunch. Very disconcerting – which is actually code for making me grumpy.
How all that accounts for me taking almost no images of the lounge except for the toilets is something I will leave you to fathom.
Desperate plants clinging to wall and life
|There is nothing sadder than a badly maintained living wall. It doesn’t take much to take it from a thing of joy, to a charnel house of skeletal remains.|
The lounge is actually quite nice, and was almost unoccupied. I presume that the morning rush was over. There was very little food offering initially when we arrived. It seemed they were at change-over hour between breakfast and lunch. And most importantly, there was no champagne to start.
To compensate for my complete inability to take pictures of the main areas of the lounge, you might want to go the the Skyteam lounge site for their 360º view. You can also have a look at Head for Points review which has a few of the pictures I failed to shoot.
Otherwise all I have for you is these:
|Get me out of here! Rainy Heathrow. Take me to tropical heat – somewhere like Saigon – oh right, that’s where we are going. View from the Skyteam lounge Terminal 4 Heathrow.|
And these, that make me feel a little perverted.
|Door to a shower on the left, door to a stall centre right, towel dispenser right|
Or these that make me feel like I want to go . . .
|Basins and urinals. Nice fixtures, and plenty of space. Oh and a child height urinal in the middle.|
And this that looks slightly medical.
|Stall. That finish is brushed steel, even though it sort of looks like frosted glass, it isn’t.|
And these below, which are the correct pre-flight cocktail.
|The drink that is suitable for any time of the day. Hand crafted Bloody Mary’s by me.|
My reflections on the lounge are of course coloured by the way I was feeling. We had just spent 4 weeks in quite mild winter weather in London on a pre-Christmas whirl of social engagements, visiting friends and relatives, followed by Christmas, the northern lights in Tromsø, and the excesses of New Year’s Eve. We were exhausted. We wanted to stay and going to the airport and sitting in that lounge reminded us that we were on our way home to Sydney – admittedly with a few nights of R’nR in Saigon. Our mood was not elevated.
All in all, the lounge was perfectly good. Not great, but way better than the Vietnam Airlines lounge in HCMC.
Goodbye London. Lets hope that there is no one sick on this 787 to Saigon.
More stories from this trip
- Northern Hemisphere Christmas
- Trip Planning
- Skyteam Lounge – Sydney
- Sydney to Saigon
- Airport to Hotel Transfer
- Intercontinental Asiana, Saigon
- Vietnam Airlines Business Class Lounge – Tan Son Nhat International Airport
- Saigon to London in 787-9
- Flybe to Cornwall
- Priority Pass Lounge Gatwick
- SAS to Tromso
- Clarion Hotel Tromso – what to do when someone is already in your room
- Chasing The Northern Lights
- Skyteam Lounge, Heathrow Terminal 4
- London to Saigon
- Intercontinental Asiana, Saigon – 2nd time round
- Saigon Highlights
- Saigon to Sydney
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