Review: Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow – Terminal 3, United Kingdom
The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge in London Heathrow Terminal Three is one of the nicer and more pleasant lounges available at the London Heathrow airport system. The Cathay Pacific Lounge offers small format First Class Lounge that is the best available option at London Heathrow Terminal Three with amenities that include a small dining area, several varieties of champagne and loungers with airside views.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Iceland, the United Kingdom and Morocco. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Iceland, Spain and Morocco via Iceland Air Saga Class & British Airways First Class
- Plaza Premium Lounge: Transborder Vancouver
- Alaska Airlines: Vancouver – Seattle
- American Express Centurion Lounge, Seattle Tacoma, USA
- Icelandair Saga Class: Seattle – Keflavik
- Hotel 101, A Member of Design Hotels, Reykjavik, Iceland
- City Visit: Reykjavik, Iceland – Part I
- City Visit: Reykjavik, Iceland – Part II
- The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
- The Golden Circle, Iceland
- Ion Adventure Hotel, A Member of Design Hotels, Nesjavillir, Iceland
- Nesjavillir to Dyrhólaey, Iceland
- Nesjavillir, Iceland
- Icelandair Saga Business Lounge, Keflavik, Iceland
- Icelandair Saga Class: Keflavik – Madrid
- The Westin Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- Renfe AVE: Madrid Puerta Atocha – Sevilla Santa Justa
- The Hotel Alphonso XIII, A Luxury Collection Resort, Seville, Spain
- City Visit: Seville, Spain – Part I
- City Visit: Seville, Spain – Part II
- Renfe AVE: Sevilla Santa Justa – Madrid Puerta Atocha
- AC Carlton by Marriott, Madrid, Spain
- Iberia Velazquez Premium Business Lounge, Madrid Barajas Terminal 4S, Madrid, Spain
- Iberia Business Class: Madrid – Marrakech
- The Pearl Lounge, Arrivals Hall, Marrakech Airport, Morocco
- Anayela (Riad), a Member of Design Hotels, Marrakech, Morocco
- City Visit: Marrakech, Morocco – Part I
- City Visit: Marrakech, Morocco – Part II
- Activity: Lunch at Aman Yella, Marrakech, Morrocco
- Activity: Overland Travel from Marrakech to Mhamid, Morocco
- Erg Chigaga Luxury Tented Camp, Mhamid, Morocco – Part I
- Erg Chigaga Luxury Tented Camp, Mhamid, Morocco – Part II
- Activity: Overland Travel from Mhamid to Marrakech, Morocco
- Le Meridien N’Fis, Marrakech, Morocco
- The Pearl Lounge, Departures Hall, Marrakech Airport, Morocco
- British Airways Club Europe: Marrakech – London Gatwick
- Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
- City Visit: London, United Kingdom
- Qantas Business Lounge, London Heathrow T3, United Kingdom
- Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow T3, United Kingdom
- British Airways First Class: London – Vancouver
Review: Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow – Terminal Three, London, United Kingdom
“The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge London Heathrow is a pleasant space and it’s visitors’ know it. It has a compact foot print and is a little overshadowed by the more spacious Qantas Business Lounge next door that offers more room and a full bar”
We arrived into London Heathrow International Airport after arriving on British Airways Club Europe Business Class Marrakech – London. Our onward ticket was in British Airways First Class London – Vancouver. After passing through security, we passed through the duty free zone and headed off to the Cathay Pacific Lounge.
Locating the Cathay Lounge:
Getting after the full London Heathrow First Class experience, after MrsWT73 enjoyed a spa treatment at the British Airways Elemis Spa, and her own Gin and Tonic the neighbouring Qantas London Lounge, we headed over to the Cathay Pacific Lounge.
The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge is co-located with the Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge. It’s located at the Lounge “C” portion just immediately behind the duty free zone in London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 secure side.
Once arriving to the front entrance of the lounge. it was a short ride up the elevator to reception.
The Cathay Pacific Lounge had somewhat of a hidden entrance, this time up an elevator and to an immediate reception desk.
After getting off the Cathay Pacific elevator, we approached reception for access.
Accessing Cathay Pacific’s First Class Lounge:
There are several ways to access the Cathay Pacific First Class lounge.
- The Cathay Pacific First Class is available to First and Business Class passengers, selected members of The Marco Polo Club and oneworld partner programme members.
- If you’re travelling in Cathay Pacific or OneWorld First Class, you’re entitled to access in addition to one guest.
- Passengers offered complimentary upgrades to First Class are not entitled to First Class lounge access, unless access is otherwise available based on eligible frequent flyer programme tier (for example, Marco Polo Club Diamond members will be entitled entry to First Class lounge regardless of class of travel). Customers originally booked in Business Class and upgraded to First Class will be entitled entry to the Business Class lounge.
- Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Diamond Club members are also given access to the lounge. These members are permitted access along with two guests.
- OneWorld Emerald members are also given access to the lounge. These members are permitted along with one guest.
- Marco Polo Club members can earn Lounge Pass(es) as a mid-tier benefit for self-use or to share with others. Diamond Members can redeem a lounge pass for use by a travel companion or redemption group member.
This lounge is the place to be if you’re travelling in International First Class from London Heathrow Terminal Three. It’s second only to the British Airways Concorde Room London Heathrow located in nearby Terminal Five. Since you can’t access one terminal from another, if you’re departing from London Heathrow Terminal Three, this place is likely nicer than the smaller British Airways First Class Lounge located nearby.
Our access to the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge was granted courtesy of travelling in a One World Alliance airline on British Airways First Class London – Vancouver.
After confirming our tickets, we were pleasantly welcomed and invited over to the first class side. We headed down the First Class hallway into a sumptuous lounge.
Inside the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge:
The Cathay Pacific First Class lounge is a more intimate space than the neighbouring Cathay Business Class Lounge.
The Cathay First Class Lounge is similar in that it offers a primary lounge seating space with restricted airside views from floor to ceiling windows. During our visit, there much have been a lot of One World Emerald status level visitors since there was virtually no where to sit.
The optimum loungers in this location are the seats by the window. They tend to fill up quickly given their limited numbers.
The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge London Heathrow was about the same size as the old Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Vancouver but it was almost fully occupied thanks to a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong leaving at around the same time.
We eventually found a lounger and view by the window where we settled in with some magazines.
Food and Beverage:
I was still feeling a little off from earlier illness so I went for some comfort food in the attached Cathay First Class Lounge restaurant while MrsWT73 read a Hello Magazine. There were lots of things on offer, but I was just looking for a little comfort food. I was able to have Won Tun Noodles in Soup and it really hit the spot.
In addition to the smaller restaurant area, back in the lounge itself, they offered self pour options for drink. There were a number of wines available during our visit, including several varieties of champagne. I got MrsWT73 a Möet and Chandon and myself a Ruckus Champagne flagged with 2 royal warrants.
There was no manned bar but there were signs indicating a full bar was available in the business class lounge around the corner.
In terms of food, there were snacks available in the First Class portion of the lounge. There were also more substantial food offerings were available from the noodle bar on the business side of the lounge.
Our stay in the Cathay Pacific First Class lounge was short and ended up leaving about one hour before our British Airways First Class London – Vancouver flight.
The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Bottom Line:
The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge London Heathrow was a pleasant international First Class Lounge. Being a small concept lounge, it was nice, but unfortunately it was fully packed with travellers which made it not as calming, spacious or as peaceful as the nearby Qantas London Lounge. I’d probably aim for the quietness of the Qantas Business Lounge over this place as my favourite One World location in Terminal 3.