The British Airways (BA) lounge at London Heathrow’s (LHR) Terminal 5B will get a splash of pink this summer as the airline unveils a new bar from Whispering Angel rosé.
Whispering Angel is a ballet-slipper pink rosé from Provence winery Chateau d’Esclans, balancing a lush taste infused with grapefruit and citrus flavors with a refreshing dryness. At the lounge’s new bar, guests can sip glasses surrounded by pale pink furniture and decor chosen to match.
The bar is being opened as part of a refresh of BA’s Terminal 5 B lounge. It’s one of three lounges the carrier operates at its home terminal. Still, because it’s tucked away in the satellite terminal, accessed by monorail and with gates for BA’s long-haul international flights, it’s also the least visited.
Open to Business Class travelers, the lounge has been referred to as one of Heathrow’s best-kept secrets, with abundant seating, a well-stocked bar, and a quiet ambiance. It’s now gaining new upholstery and a new layout alongside the Whispering Angel-branded bar.
Whispering Angel rosé is already available across BA’s network of First and Club (business class) lounges and has proven popular.
“Our customers are already telling us how much they enjoy the Whispering Angel rosé we are serving in our lounges, so we are thrilled to be opening an exclusive Whispering Angel bar,” said Calum Laming, Chief Customer Officer at British Airways. “We truly believe this will be a massive hit with customers, and we are excited that its introduction will coincide with a newly refurbished lounge in the satellite at London Heathrow Terminal 5 B gates.”
Winemakers Chateau d’Esclans added, “Whispering Angel is incredibly proud to be working in partnership with British Airways. We are extremely excited to launch this beautiful bar and look forward to being able to offer British Airways’ customers a delicious glass of rosé before they fly.”
As part of the agreement, the rest of the carrier’s First and Club lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick (LGW) will begin pouring Chateau d’Esclans’ The Pale rosé, another delicate pink wine, with subtle hints of peach and pink grapefruit and swinging 1920s-inspired branding.
The airline’s partnership with Chateau d’Esclans is part of its project to elevate its drinks selection, both on the ground and at 35,000 feet. Beginning in March, the airline introduced a rotating menu of English sparkling wines to the bar carts in its Club World (long-haul Business Class) cabin. The airline is currently serving the Digby Fine English Brut NV, and in July, will introduce the Balfour Rosé de Noirs, an exclusive rosé made from red grapes grown on the Balfour Hush Heath Estate in Kent.
From October, the Simpsons Chalklands Cuvee Brut NV, also produced in Kent, will be available for three months, while the new year will bring suds from the South Downs with the Wiston Estate Brut NV.
The airline has also hired a full-time Master of Wine to curate its drink selection.
Meanwhile, fans of Whispering Angel rosé can also grab a glass in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper-Class cabins this spring and summer.