Review: Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, London Heathrow – Terminal Three, United Kingdom

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Cathay Pacific offers a very solid lounge experience at it’s airports through the world. If you’re lucky enough to be able to access a Cathay Lounge, you’ll likely find a contemporary lounge, with premium food and beverage, along with a dim sum bar that will offer fresh noodles. Would a high passenger volume location like London Heathrow offer the same amenities as other Cathay Lounges around the world? Read on to find out…


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Review: Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, London Heathrow – Terminal Three, United Kingdom

We had lots of good lounge choices in London Heathrow Terminal 3. After arriving off of British Airways Club Europe Business Class Dublin – London, having had a light morning continental breakfast from the Aloft Dublin, and a week of pub Irish / British pub food, we headed for the Cathay Lounge and seeking out some different Asian food fare.

Another lounge that is also located at London Heathrow Terminal Three is the excellent Qantas Business Lounge London Heathrow. The Qantas Lounge is also likely accessible through any passenger travelling in One World Business Class.

Locating the Lounge:

It was my first visit to the Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge side, having last visited the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge London Heathrow side on a past trip in British Airways First Class London – Vancouver coming back from Morocco about one year ago.

Locating the Cathay Pacific Lounge – London Heathrow Terminal Three
Map Courtesy of London Heathrow Airport Authority

The Cathay Pacific Business Lounge London Heathrow is located in the “C” Lounge area, a short distance away from the duty free zone after security at London Heathrow Terminal Three.

Navigating London Heathrow Terminal Three
Locating the C Lounge Entrance for Cathay Pacific

This lounge is subdivided with the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, which is located at the same location.

Accessing the Lounge:

Access to the lounge was granted through One Worlds Business Class policy of allowing access to any One World lounge per the class of service of the BA Business Class ticket.

Access today was provided courtesy of our departing British Airways Club World Business Class London – Vancouver flight.

Inside the Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge:

It was pretty empty in here thanks to the time of day, which was great as we had the place almost to ourselves. The lounge offered a lot of seating, with comfortable loungers and communal areas available for passengers.

Cathay Pacific Business Lounge – London Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Business Lounge – London Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Business Lounge – London Heathrow

The lounge offered occasional chair seating by the glass, which offered some views of the airside operations at a distance.

Cathay Pacific Business Lounge – London Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Business Lounge – London Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Business Lounge – London Heathrow
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Food and Beverage:

We immediately headed for the restaurant area. The restaurant is a counter operation where orders are placed, and the order is delivered by wait staff or collected at the counter.

Cathay Pacific Food Zone

Cathay Pacific features pretty tasty dim sum in its lounges. While it’s not the world’s best dim sum, it is pretty tasty to have this option in an airport which typically doesn’t offer any dim sum at all.

Cathay Pacific Menu Items

We were able to enjoy some har gao and other assorted dim sum. There was the usual spices available which added some wonderful kick to the plates; a welcomed change from our week of Irish pub food from being on the road in Ireland.

Spices at the Noodle Bar

I was able to enjoy a glass of champagne with this, and WT73Jr complimented his Asian tastes of cuisine with a coca cola.

A Sampling of Dim Sum with Champagne

As always, at London Heathrow, there was some occasional plane spotting from the lounge of interesting aircraft we don’t often see at home.

Spotting an Iran Air Airbus 330

We enjoyed our dim sum snack prior to heading over to the Qantas Business Lounge London Heathrow. While I reviewed it on an earlier visit, we enjoyed some time there, before finalizing our lounge visits over at the nearby No1 Lounge London Heathrow.

The Bottom Line: The Cathay Lounge

Overall, the Cathay Lounge is a solid place to visit while in London Heathrow Terminal 3. Im’ always a fan of the Cathay Lounges, since the food is always great (in terms of snacks) and the decor is always interesting. The ability to get some dim sum comfort food prior to a flight is something that I always appreciate. It is something that I look forward to whenever I have an opportunity to visit a Cathay Pacific Lounge


If you enjoy a Cathay Pacific Lounge, is slurping some dim sum one of the highlights of your visit to a Cathay Pacific Lounge ?

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