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Singapore - Changi
- Decent selection of hot food and spirits
- Bright, airy ambience
- Champagne is hidden at the back and not advertised
- A quieter place to relax before the 9pm rush
British Airways' Singapore Lounge still sparkles after its 2015 renovation. Nestled inside Changi Airport Terminal 1 and nearby the Qantas Singapore Lounge, it's another option for first class and business class passengers – and Oneworld elite frequent flyers – jetting from or through The Lion City.
Executive Traveller made an early evening visit to the lounge to see how it stacked up for passengers heading back to Australia or taking an overnight flight through to London.
Location & Impressions
After clearing immigration at Singapore Changi T1, head left and look for the 'Lounges' signage pointing to an escalator for Level 3. You'll see the British Airways Lounge alongside Qantas, SATS and Thai Airways.
Once upstairs, you'll spot the BA lounge to your right (with the entrance to the Qantas lounge further along to your left).
Inside is an eye-catching reception area complete with art pieces, mood lighting and two chairs if you're waiting for someone. Bathrooms and showers are immediately to the left, while The Bar (formerly dubbed The Concorde Bar) behind an password-protected electronic door to the right.
Reserved for BA's own first class passengers, The Bar is a small lounge-within-a-lounge with better alcohol and a more muted aesthetic, but no windows.
The much brighter main lounge shows how British Airways has embraced the 'residential vibe' that many other airlines – most notably Cathay Pacific – are adopting.
The first communal bar space also looks very familiar to anyone who has visited an older-style Qantas domestic or international business lounge.
Adjacent to this area is the food and hot drinks station...
... while further along is the lounge's signature centrepiece; a look which is found in many of BA's other flagship lounges worldwide.
Finally, there's more seating split among different zones towards the end of the lounge, divided by coloured glass.
Like the nearby Qantas lounge, there isn't much to look at in terms of airport views here, as the side windows overlook the internal Terminal 1 concourse.
The British Airways Singapore lounge is open from 3pm to 11pm daily, although the hot food service commences from 5pm. It's open for all of Qantas' evening departures, plus BA's own flights to Sydney and London.
Other Oneworld airline passengers departing Changi T1, T2 and T3 can also make use of this lounge if their flight departs after 3pm, but if youy're coming over from those other terminals, leave plenty of time to reach your departure gate.
- Business class – and where available, first class – passengers of British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SriLankan Airlines.
- British Airways Executive Club Silver and Gold members (and above) prior to British Airways and Oneworld flights.
- Other Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald frequent flyers travelling with British Airways or another Oneworld airline as noted above.
Savvy travellers flying with Qantas might choose to visit BA's lounge instead of The Qantas Singapore Lounge during peak periods, given it welcomes many of the same guests without the crowding.
While Malaysia Airlines flights depart from T2 and SriLankan Airlines flights go from T3 – with passengers of both airlines able to visit the BA lounge when allowing enough time for that terminal change – those flying from Singapore with Cathay Pacific don't have that option, as Terminal 4 isn't linked to the same security area.
Keep in mind, only British Airways' own first class passengers can access 'The Bar' area here at the BA lounge.
Visiting the lounge at 6pm finds the dinner service is in full swing, with the buffet offering a decent selection of mostly Western hot food. One side has meat and vegetables...
... while the other side houses spring rolls, vegetarian penne pasta and my favourite, Singaporean chicken satay with condiments.
On the lighter side, the lounge has mini ciabattas, a couscous salad and a board with Blue, Port Wine and Singleton Cheddar cheeses.
Guests with a sweet tooth can finish their meals with a gluten-free chocolate brownie, fruit tarts, berry custard trifles or some sliced fruit, all of which were sinfully delicious.
Opposite the food counters are DIY coffee machines and Twinings tea.
At the bar area, self-pour red and white options are on display...
... although there is no hint of any sparkling wine on offer. Only after leaving the lounge did I learn that Champagne is available – however, you have to know to ask for it, and it's only poured behind closed doors.
Otherwise, the bar features a reasonable selection of mid-range spirits along with garnishes such as olives and spices.
Beyond the photo, there's also Glenfiddich 12, Absolut Vodka, Tanqueray gin, Taylor's tawny port, Baileys, Kahlúa, Southern Comfort and Cointreau.
Coralba still and sparkling water is also found in this section – check the bottle caps to see which water you're pouring.
Finally, beer – including Singapore's own Tiger beer – fruit juices, soft drinks and mixers can be found in the bar area and the fridges below.
Nearby are a number of dining booths, all equipped with power ports.
The dedicated working space near the back of the lounge is your best bet to get away from the busier food and drinks area. It's equipped with two PCs, a printer, plenty of power ports and bright lighting.
Speaking of power ports, there are plenty of these dotted throughout the lounge, including in the dining area. All ports have two universal AC plugs, and two USB charging ports.
During my early evening visit, the BA Lounge WiFi delivered averaged download speeds of 14.1Mbps and average uploads of 75.5Mbps: perfectly fine, although you'd expect this could slow down after 9pm where the lounge gets considerably busier before BA's late-evening flights to London.
With those evening departures in mind, much of this lounge is pleasingly given over to relaxation.
These comfortable high-backed chairs in the far corner of the lounge have two side 'wings' which help support your head if a quick nap is in order.
Similar chairs are found near the entrance of the lounge just after you walk past The Bar. This area also tends to be the last to fill up, but does have plenty of foot traffic as guests walk past you when entering the lounge.
Plenty of reading material is provided, from glossy magazines to British and Singaporean newspapers.
Beyond the food and drinks area is a TV lounge with individual seats all facing forward...
... while wedged between two illuminated glass partitions is a 'family room' of sorts, best-suited to large groups.
Bathrooms and shower suites are well-stocked with Elemis products.
Overall, the British Airways Singapore Lounge is a pleasant place to relax or get work done. It's also a great alternative for Qantas passengers seeking some peace and quiet from the nearby Qantas Singapore Lounge.
The British Airways Lounge does get busier from 9pm as BA's own passengers start arriving for their London flights, but Qantas passengers on QF2 or QF82 to Sydney, QF36 to Melbourne, QF52 to Brisbane and QF72 to Perth should find this lounge to be a relative oasis prior to their early evening flights back to Australia.
Brandon Loo travelled to Singapore at his own expense.