I took the Heathrow Express from Terminal 4 and walked alone into a long corridor leading to Terminal 1. I felt weird, walking solemnly, in one of the world's busiest terminals. Was it for real? Empty elevators waiting to be loaded... And the door opened to Terminal 1.
A haunted city, completely empty, no travelers, I thought I was dreaming. Did I miss my flight? I honestly didn't know that Terminal 1 is closing down at the end of the month.
I checked my bags in a minute and walked through the terminal. Almost all the shops have been closed except for the pharmacy, the Duty Free shop and two restaurants hosting the remaining travelers passing through the building. Calm, dull, dark... Scary. I only took photos knowing those are going to be my last, souvenirs of a legendary building.
Up on the first floor is the lounge, a beautiful lounge I'm not sure if they'll be replacing. A large rectangular shaped hall with a view on the runway. I spent two hours of my time counting the beautiful planes and seeing them leave to the open skies.
In the lounge things have been designed to match the finesse business travelers expect to see. White leather benches, individual brown leather sofas, yellow lanterns, computers as well as a photocopy machine.
A food bar and a drinks bar offer the same exact selection I've been experiencing over the last week in British Airways lounges, the cookies, the soups, the dried fruits... Exactly the same.
What's great about this lounge are the different sections, each is unique in shape, lighting and design. You enter into a large space with warm, dimmed lights and sofas before moving on to individual spaces for more comfort and privacy. There is even a saloon with a chimney.
Complementary WiFi, electricity plugs, smooth air, a beautiful view, a dozen choices for relaxation, magazines, computers and much more make this lounge one I liked and enjoyed. Now the question is, will it be destroyed or not? Anyway, here are some souvenir pictures.