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Flying business class on Etihad Airways is a great experience, and the lounge is just as good. I enjoyed my stay at the Etihad Business Class Lounge Heathrow T4. It’s a lovely place! The food and drinks selection was pretty fantastic. There’s also a play area for kids
In terms of lounge experiences, this isn’t a destination lounge however. I wouldn’t wake up at 3am to arrive early! You won’t be getting complimentary spa treatments or bottomless champagne.
This review of the Etihad Business Class Lounge has the full lowdown! All of the photos can be clicked and pop out into a slideshow.
I was flying business class on Etihad Airways and had access to the Lounge in Terminal 4. The trip was from London to Mumbai, with a layover in Abu Dhabi. I flew in the iconic A380 from London to Abu Dhabi, and I took an A321 from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai.
The Etihad Business Class Lounge Heathrow has the following features:
Given that the lounge is at an outpost, this is a strong package. I like that they offer Arabic coffee, local teas and London Gin. A nod to Etihad’s Arabic roots and the lounge’s London location. I enjoy little luxuries like this – 1st world problems, I know!
The tarmac views were ok, not great. View the photos in the slideshow above. There’s a walkway between the lounge window and the runway. Some curtains were also drawn. This isn’t ideal as it reduced the light in the lounge. The Gulf Air Business Class Lounge is also in Heathrow Terminal 4. When it comes to tarmac views and brightness, that lounge can’t be beaten. I got a beautiful shot of a Gulf Air Jet, when I reviewed that lounge.
The children’s play area was small but had a lot of toys. I appreciated this. Too many lounges don’t have a kids play area. I wasn’t travelling with my kids this time, but when I do, I make use of facilities like this.
In terms of the décor, the lounge was functional but not much more. The furniture was in good condition, but certainly not uber stylish!
I’ve visited multiple lounges in Heathrow Terminal 4. Gulf Air Lounge, Plaza Premium departures, Plaza Premium Arrivals and Skyteam. The quality of lounges is very good and the Etihad Lounge is right up there. In terms of food and drink selection, the Etihad Lounge stand heads and shoulders above the rest.
Colour me impressed with the food. You won’t leave hungry from the Etihad Business Class Lounge Heathrow!
There’s a separate buffet and on demand menu. I wasn’t that hungry - I’d already had a stack of pancakes in the morning! However, I made sure to try some food for this review.
The buffet contained the following items:
The dine on demand menu is shown in the above slideshow and had the following options:
For a business class lounge, this is a terrific range of dishes. Restaurant quality in my view.
I sampled the couscous and the spiced cauliflower. Both were perfectly edible. The chicken tagine looked really good, although I didn’t eat it as I’m vegetarian. I also tried the Arabic coffee and dates. It was too strong for me, but that’s ok! The strong coffee and sweet dates make an interesting combination of flavours – I can see why people like it.
The drinks choice was really impressive, much like the food selection. You can view the drinks menu in the slideshow above. It contains the following options
The cocktail menu was really cool, as was the selection of London gins. Most lounges simply offer self-pour. I didn’t try a cocktail as I didn’t want to get hammered before my flight. At this point, I’m old enough to know that it will ruin my experience! I had a glass of beer (London Meantime Pale Ale).