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The BA Lounge at Brussels Airport
The BA Lounge at Brussels Airport
The BA Lounge at Brussels Airport
The BA Lounge at Brussels Airport

Tier Point Run to Hawaii/San Juan in Feb 2014: Day 1 – Brussels BRU to London Heathrow LHR

By Nige on Wed 26 Feb 2014 at 16:56
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Story: Tier Point Run to Hawaii/San Juan in Feb 2014
Tags: British Airways | BRU | Brussels | Hilton | LHR | London | Trips

I spent about an hour in the lounge at Brussels Airport – it’s an ok lounge but there’s nothing much going on – the views aren’t that great and the food/drink isn’t that good either.

Basic selection of wines in the BA Lounge at Brussels Airport
Basic selection of wines in the BA Lounge at Brussels Airport
Basic selection of wines in the BA Lounge at Brussels Airport
Basic selection of wines in the BA Lounge at Brussels Airport

So it’s a bit basic and not very inspiring to be honest. It also wasn’t that busy either (unsurprisingly).

There was a basic selection of wines in the lounge.

I had an apple and a bottle of water, and uploaded some photos to my blog. And before I knew it, it was time for heading back to Gate B4 and a flight to Heathrow.

The one thing that I did notice was that there was a queue already formed for the priority boarding at Gate B4, but why are people like sheep?

Taxiing at Brussels on the way back to Heathrow
Taxiing at Brussels on the way back to Heathrow
Taxiing at Brussels on the way back to Heathrow
Taxiing at Brussels on the way back to Heathrow

Why can’t they work out that forming a queue that just sticks out and cuts off the entire walkway isn’t a good idea? So I didn’t join the queue – I just “merged in” when they called us to board. Ha!

The flight to Heathrow was fine – I had the afternoon tea service which was nice enough. You can’t go wrong with a scone, cream and jam. Finger sandwiches were not that good if I’m honest.

We weren’t held up that much coming into Heathrow, and then I was first off, and out through Immigration and down on to the Tube.

Dramatic views after taking off from Brussels airport
Dramatic views after taking off from Brussels airport
Dramatic views after taking off from Brussels airport
Dramatic views after taking off from Brussels airport

I decided to go on the Tube rather than catch the Heathrow Express because it was cheaper and seemed to be less hassle. Anyway, I had to wait 20 mins before the train turned up, and it took 45 mins (?) to get to Green Park where I changed to the Jubilee Line.

The Piccadilly line was fine and since I got on at the end of the line I got a seat which was important.

When I connected to the Jubilee Line just after 6pm, we were all packed on like sardines. I was only on the Jubilee line for about 15 mins when we arrived at Canary Wharf. Up from Canary Wharf I followed the initial signs to the DLR Heron Quays, and the signs stopped.

The view on final approach into Heathrow
The view on final approach into Heathrow
The view on final approach into Heathrow
The view on final approach into Heathrow

Anyway, finally got there after asking a security guy, and I then only waited a few mins for the DLR to South Quay.

The Hilton wasn’t that obvious a hotel to find, but I got there in the end. So, I checked in just after 7pm.

Nice room – as a Diamond member I was upgraded onto the Exec level, and I grabbed some beers and some food in the Exec Lounge which was very pleasant.


Follow the whole story here: Tier Point Run to Hawaii/San Juan in Feb 2014


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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