Review: Oneworld British Airways Airport Lounge, Los Angeles


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This article reviews the Oneworld® British Airways lounge at Los Angeles airport (LAX). There are 7 terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), plus the Tom Bradley International Terminal. All have at least one lounge, and there are five at the Tom Bradley Terminal, one of which is the Oneworld® Alliance Lounge. Access to this Lounge is available if your frequent flyer tier status is Emerald or Sapphire or you are traveling First or Business Class on any oneworld® member airline, which includes Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Latam and Qantas.

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The Oneworld® Lounge can be found on level 5 and is accessible from the escalator next to Armani. The Lounge is open daily from 6:30 – 11:30 pm. This is a very large and spacious Lounge with seemingly endless different seating areas! Some are deliberately well-lit, whereas others offer a more gentle light. It wasn’t particularly busy when I was there, though I assume it can sometimes get that way by its sheer size.

The Lounge is contemporary and stylish but does feel functional and rather business-like. Other Lounges I have been in have more of an edgy, sophisticated appeal. A communal fireplace (which wasn’t lit) and a glass atrium are central features. I imagine the circular seats around the fireplace would feel very cozy in cooler weather. The views are limited (there’s very little natural light) and mainly consist of views into the terminal.

Food & Drink

There are three main areas at the hot and cold buffet: a salad bar, a selection of main courses, and a dessert section. There was a wide selection of food on offer. I had the Sri Lankan Chicken with Rice, which was very good for a mass-produced buffet but not the standard you would expect at a 5 Star restaurant. The stylish large black-tiled bar offers a range of signature cocktails, premium wines, and beers on tap. Bottles of wine are also available on the bar for you to help yourself to in huge chilled buckets. A range of teas and coffees are available from self-service coffee machines that sit alongside soft drink machines, or you can have the barista make you a coffee if you’d prefer. The service is fine, and they try to keep the place cleared, but it’s not particularly notable simply because most items are self-service.


A Business Center is off to the side, which is slightly partitioned off but easily accessible. There are six internet terminals available here. As you can see in the photo, none were in use when I visited. The Wi-Fi is complimentary, easy to access, and reasonably fast. Televisions throughout the Lounge show different channels and a range of newspapers (although it was 2:00 pm, the British paper I found was for the previous date!). The lounge is also wheelchair accessible.

Toilets & Showers

Several toilet areas are available throughout the Lounge, as well as sixteen shower suites with Aurora Spa amenities. The toilets were clean but relatively standard rather than especially stylish. They offered hand cream, which is a must in my book!

I would recommend this lounge as it’s a very comfortable space, with a great range of seating and a good selection of food and drink, but don’t expect anything particularly exciting from a style perspective.

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