First stop: Lufthansa Senator Lounge.
Ahhh, Lufthansa lounges feel like home to me now, since I've spent so much time in them, especially the Senator Lounges at FRA.
I had a lovely English breakfast with particularly fine sausage and vegetable patty, along with some fresh cut fruit (no dull edges on the melon or pineapple) and Greek yogurt.
Next stop: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.
The interior was a bit drab here, and felt like a long hall carved out of the space of another hallway.
The food offerings here weren't very impressive, but I did try the coconut porridge and fresh strawberries. I guess I was eating the national colors of Canada.
Final departure lounge stop: United Club.
What a surprise!
Especially if one has only been to the overcrowded lounges at an airport like IAD with torn furniture and carrot sticks and cheese packs.
Here's a cold buffet.
And a hot one!
And then a dessert buffet too!
There was even a drinks menu, including cocktails and my favorite section, shaken-to-order iced tea!
And by the way, each toilet is housed in a little room with its own sink. I love this! It means you can roll your baggage in and go about your business like brushing your teeth in private. This isn't a shower room, just a toilet.
On the return, I got to try the Arrivals Lounge.
It is the ultimate luxury to take a shower after a long flight. There are pretty decent shower suites with a valet door where you can leave your suit to be pressed. Toiletries are Korres products.
In the main room, there are a lot of tables. I think the main point of the Arrivals Lounge is to fresh up in the shower, have breakfast, and then go into town. Not lounge around for hours.
For breakfast, they have a little buffet with items like these flapjacks (again!), and fruit salad. But then they also have a little made-to-order menu, with items like this smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on bagel. One of my favorite breakfasts!
Next time, I would like to try the Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge to add to the comparison. But the lesson from this trip is that United has one of the best lounges at LHR, so don't hesitate to head straight there!