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Connected by a central sweeping, brass-gilded staircase, the new two-storey Qantas London Lounge sprawls over 1223 square metres inviting guests into a warm, welcoming mix of work- and relaxation-friendly areas.
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Designed to evoke the historic architecture of London, interior architecture firm Woods Bagot used rich moss green and moody blue tones – inspired by the Thames at twilight – liberally throughout the lounge, adding an air of sophistication to the inviting seating areas.
Sleek and chic
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Offset by curved walnut-wood walls and herringbone floors, as well as serving surfaces of white marble, this lounge looks like the love-child of a chic London hotel.
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Chic, private bathroom suites (with spacious showers, thankfully) finished with ASPAR by Aurora skincare products also creates less of a “waiting room” feel and more of a sense of being a guest in a London-based friend’s Georgian townhouse.
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This lounge incorporates all the mod-cons you need: workstations with fuss-free wireless printing, reliable wi-fi and ample private spaces to tackle your to-do list or simply unwind, depending on the nature of your visit.
Rise and shine
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There's an all-day barista service because somewhere in the world, it’s 8am.
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The lounge menu created by Qantas’s creative director of Food, Beverage & Service, Neil Perry, gives more than a flavoursome nod to its location. Hearty British classics such as mushy peas, tasty pot pies and cream-and-jam-smeared scones are among the options.
Munch on brunch
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There’s also considerable focus on fresh, light and nourishing meals with Qantas working with the University of Sydney to produce food for travellers that focuses on hydration and nutrition. Buckwheat, avocado, kale and pistachio brunch bowls and zucchini and haloumi fritters dolloped with yoghurt and paprika butter hit the spot for weary travellers tired of over-salted food. Got a sweet tooth? There’s bacon-stuffed French toast drowned in maple syrup that could do the trick.
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In addition to off-the-menu dining, guests can help themselves to a range of comfort food and healthy dishes at the self-service counter. Good news for frequent travellers too: menus will alter twice a year, keeping things fresh.
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Qantas’ signature hydration station Quench will also be serving a range of tempting non-alcoholic refreshments such as the London tisane with dried apples, hibiscus and rosehip as well as a chilled lemon verbena, fresh herb and elderflower infusion.
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For anyone hoping to eschew a health-focused approach to travel, don’t despair. Australian and European wines are on offer at the full-service bar, as is a selection of Rockpool cocktails created by the restaurant’s mixologists from seasonal and local ingredients.
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How does a Lady Marmalade, Rockpool Pimms Cup No. 2 or signature Elderflower Fizz strike you for refreshment?
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Another notable British-Australian pairing on show at the Heathrow hangout comes in the form of model Miranda Kerr’s whimsical Royal Albert range, specially selected as the china of choice for anyone hoping to indulge in a comforting cup of tea. It’s a must – you are in England, after all.
Come on in
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The lounge is now welcoming Qantas First and Business customers; Qantas Chairmans Lounge members and their guests; Qantas Frequent Flyer members – Platinum One, Platinum, Gold and their guests; eligible oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers and their guests; eligible Emirates Platinum and Gold Skyward customers and Qantas Club members and their guests from 7.55am to 8.35pm daily.