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REVIEW – Plaza Premium Lounge, London Heathrow T2

Plaza Premium

  • Location: London (LHR T2)
  • Class: Third Party (Priority Pass)
  • Date: April 2015


Usually when embarking on long haul trips in premium cabins, on a new carrier, I have weeks of anticipatory buildup.

In this instance though I had barely enough time to gather my thoughts after the previous week’s RTW.

Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to try SQ for the first time. SQ is a carrier whose name has long been synonymous with excellence and I was very eager to see if the airline could deliver.

Moreover, there still haven’t been a huge number of TRs on the new J product – featured on the latest delivery of Boeing 777-300ERs (better known as the 77WN). When you see a TR with a limited number of photos it is almost like a teaser, a trailer, it builds curiosity within you.

I went to the airport straight from the office, nothing unusual there, I always do my best to maximise holidays with night flights. However, given that this trip was only going to last 5 days, I packed a single carry on for a long-haul to Asia.

I love the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow. The sculpture that greets you at the entrance is absolutely phenomenal. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you’re going to commission artwork for a new airport terminal this is a fundamentally superior way to spend the money than the Qatari bear.

I’m not going to lie; as I strode up to the J class check in with my bizarre itinerary, issued on El Salvadoran ticket stock by an airmiles program based in Colombia, with the intent of flying to China on a Singaporean airline – with nothing but hand luggage, I felt supremely badass.

At this point in time there was no SQ lounge and I had already tried the LH, AC, UA and Plaza options in the past. I already knew which lounge was best and headed straight there – Plaza Premium. It was a bit of a relief knowing that I could actually lounge in the lounge as opposed to rushing through for some action paced gorging and photographing  ?

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The Lounge entrance

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The bar area – where I generally choose to sit

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The main seating area

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DIY Thai Noodle soup

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Noodle soup condiments

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The carb counter

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The ubiquitous orange Indian goo, a feature of all LHR T2 lounges

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G&T, poppadoms and a DIY Thai Chili noodle soup – it doesn’t take much more than this to make me happy!

The Plaza Premium lounge has a very comfortable atmosphere. If you want noise and action you can have it. If you want quiet you can have that too. There is a very large variety of food and drink, including plenty of snack items and bottles/ cans that can be taken on board with you. Power sockets are plentiful, the showers are powerful and everything is clean and very tastefully designed.

If I was designing a third party lounge, I don’t think I’d be able to come up with a huge number of improvements.

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