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    Departure lounge and boarding  

    After completing check-in, bag drop and security, you’ll find yourself in the departure lounge. Here’s how to ensure you catch your flight – and what to do if you’ve time to spare.

    How long do you have?

    Gate numbers are usually confirmed about 45 minutes before departure. Keep an eye on the information screens in the departure lounge, or use this site (or our smartphone app).

    Live flight departures

    Things to do in the departure lounge

    There's plenty to do in departures at Heathrow, whether you're looking for entertainment, peace and quiet or just somewhere to work.

    • Work

      Free charging stations for laptops and mobile devices and free Wi‑Fi for the duration of your stay at Heathrow

      Wi-Fi at Heathrow

    • Shopping

      We’ve won awards for the range and quality of our shops. You’ll find everything from plug adapters to designer fashions.

      Reserve it at Heathrow Boutique

    • Pamper yourself

      Enjoy a makeover or a massage.

      Relax at Heathrow

    • Food and drink

      Whether you want a snack on the hop or three-course fine dining, you have a world-class selection of restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from.

      Restaurants in the terminal

    • Escape the crowds

      Enjoy VIP treatment, whoever you fly with. Book into an airport lounge and find some personal space plus free refreshments.

      Book a lounge

    Time to gate

    Approximate walking times from the centre of the departure lounge

    Departure gate:
    Estimated time: 00 minutes

    Boarding your flight

    Gates are usually confirmed when the flight is ready for boarding (about 45 minutes before departure). Even if it's a flight you take regularly, we recommend you remain in the departure lounge until your flight status shows 'Go to gate' – that way you won't be delayed if there's a last-minute change.

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