London Heathrow (LHR) is one of the world’s busiest international airports and has many airline lounges and also some independent third party lounges. This guide overviews every single Heathrow airport lounge available to passengers…
London Heathrow has 4 terminals in operation:
- Terminal 2 (known as the Queen’s Terminal, opened in 2014) houses Star Alliance airlines plus Aer Lingus.
- Terminal 3 is mainly used by Oneworld airlines plus Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.
- Terminal 4 is utilised by Skyteam carriers.
- Terminal 5 is used by “home” carrier British Airways.
- Note that Terminal 1 is closed as of 30 June 2015.
LHR Terminal 5 Lounges
British Airways Lounges: British Airways operates from T5 and has the world’s largest airline lounge complex at the terminal covering some 15,000m² in total and seating up to 2,500 passengers. The lounges are open from 0530 until the last BA departure.
BA Galleries Club Lounges – There are 3 business class Galleries Club Lounges at Terminal 5. South Galleries (seats 830) and North Galleries (seats 440) are both on the upper level of the main T5A building. There is also a Galleries lounge (seats 370) at the satellite T5B .
Access is given to Club or First passengers, Gold and Silver BA Executive Club members plus equivalent Oneworld elites. Facilities include designer furniture and sofas, a 20 seat cinema, free WiFi and a comprehensive food and drink selection. The Elemis Spa (at South Galleries) offers complimentary 15 minute treatments and also has 20 shower suites; there is a smaller Elemis Spa area at Satellite B.
BA Galleries First Lounge – Available for First Class travellers and BA Gold members/Oneworld Emeralds at the south concourse of T5. The lounge seats 542 and has a wine gallery and champagne bar, coffee house, refectory and deli. There is a dedicated working space and a terrace/viewing area.
BA Concorde Room – For First customers (plus BA Premier members) there is the elegant Concorde Room (seats 156), named after the old supersonic aircraft. It has intimate fine-dining, Concorde bar, concierge desk, business suite, terrace area plus 3 private cabanas – hotel-style rooms with en-suite facilities. BA Gold members who fly 5,000 tier points per year get a special Concorde Room card which also gives them access. Located at T5 South concourse.
BA Galleries Arrivals Lounge – For arriving passengers (Club, First and long-haul travelling Gold card members) there is the Galleries Arrivals Lounge (seats 156). Facilities include 94 showers, free 15 minute Elemis Spa treatments, valet suit pressing service and breakfast facilities. Open 0500-1400.
Aspire Lounge and Spa T5 – Opened in August 2015, this is the first independent third party lounge at Terminal 5. Run as a joint venture between Swissport and Collinson Group (Priority Pass) the 370m² lounge features a modern design with bar, comfortable seating, business area and spa facilities. Located near Gate 18. Access to Priority Pass holders and paying guests, £35 online or £40 at the door. Open 0500-2300.
Heathrow By Invitation – Heathrow has opened up its VIP Windsor Suite at Terminal 5 to paying passengers. Costing £1,800 (including VAT) it offers groups of up to 6 people a private lounge facility, a dedicated security and passport control area and a limousine transfer to/from the aircraft – regardless of terminal. Light snacks and drinks are available in the lounge and à la carte dining is offered at extra charge. Meetings are possible with non-flyers and despite the cost you effectively bypass the main terminal and other travellers. Open to business and first class passengers only.