BA serves Taittinger at its Heathrow T5 business class lounge: here's how to get it

By Chris Chamberlin, August 15 2016
BA serves Taittinger at its Heathrow T5 business class lounge: here's how to get it

TRAVEL TIP | British Airways has a ‘secret Champagne’ on offer at London’s Heathrow Airport, but only if you know where to look and who to ask.

To find it, you’ll need to flying with BA or another Oneworld airline from Terminal 5 in business class, or in premium economy or economy with a Oneworld Sapphire (Qantas Gold) frequent flyer card up your sleeve.

Then, make your way to BA’s Galleries South lounge after clearing security. Conveniently, that’s the business class lounge closest to the ‘fast track’ facility at Terminal 5.

If you see a British Airways A380 and a horse sculpture, you're in the right place...
If you see a British Airways A380 and a horse sculpture, you're in the right place...

Once inside, make a sharp left, wander over to this part of the bar…

… and keep your eyes peeled for hospitality staff in stripy uniforms (not those dressed in BA attire).

They’re often busy re-stocking the bar or cleaning up glasses left by previous guests, but if you ask nicely and with a smile, they’ll fetch you a glass of Taittinger NV from their cellar out the back when they have a spare moment:

You’ll not find the Champagne among the regular self-serve line-up – it’s purely by ‘request only’ in the Galleries South lounge for those who know it’s there.

Don't go looking for the Taittinger: you won't find it at the bar...
Don't go looking for the Taittinger: you won't find it at the bar...

But of course, if you’re flying in first class or are a Platinum-grade frequent flyer, you’ll find bubbles more readily available in the Galleries First and Concorde Room lounges nearby.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

British Airways - Executive Club

02 Dec 2014

Total posts 14

Unfortunately the last few times I've flown out of T5 over the past few months, this has been changed to a sickly sweey cava  which is just painful to drink. 

British Airways Executive Club Gold

25 Jun 2015

Total posts 22

It's available at all Galleries lounges at LHR - South, North, T5B and T3.

30 Aug 2013

Total posts 448

What a ridiculous policy. Do you have to give them a secret handshake and whisper the word of the day password?!

04 Dec 2013

Total posts 133

can't remember what I had the Galleries First yesterday, but it was very nice.


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