Heathrow Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (42 Lounges)

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British Airways Concorde Room LHR T5 - Photo credit: richardmoross/flickr

London Heathrow airport (IATA code: LHR) has 4 terminals and is one of the world’s busiest international airports. In this guide we will review every single airport lounge at London Heathrow. Now there happens to be 42 Heathrow airport lounges which we believe is the highest number of lounges for any single airport in the world!

So whether you are looking for a lounge from a major airline or a paid-for-entry VIP lounge at London Heathrow then please read on…

Access rules for each Heathrow lounge is explained and lounges are also marked by alliance and whether entry is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass program. Click here for a special 10% 10%-25% anniversary discount (valid until June 30th 2017) on annual Priority Pass membership which provides unlimited access to 9 Heathrow lounges and 1,000 lounges worldwide.

We will look at each Heathrow airport terminal in reverse order:

  • Terminal 5 – opened in 2008, used by British Airways.
  • Terminal 4 – opened in 1986, used by Skyteam alliance airlines.
  • Terminal 3 – mainly used by Oneworld alliance plus Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.
  • Terminal 2 – known as the Queen’s Terminal, opened in 2014 and housing Star Alliance airlines plus Aer Lingus.
  • Note that Terminal 1 has been closed since 30 June 2015.

See here for detailed official maps of each terminal.

Heathrow Terminal 5 Lounges

Aspire Lounge and Spa T5 [PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – Opened in August 2015, this is the first (and only) independent third party lounge at Terminal 5. Good for those who don’t have BA/Oneworld lounge access. Run as a joint venture between Swissport and Collinson Group (Priority Pass). The compact 370m² lounge features a modern design with bar, comfortable seating, floor-to-ceiling windows with runway views, business zone, quiet area with rest pods and (paid) Bliss spa facilities. Located near Gate A18. Access to Priority Pass holders and paying guests (£40 at the door). Open 0500-2300. You can book the Aspire T5 Lounge here

aspire lounge terminal 5 london heathrow

British Airways Lounges [ONEWORLD] – British Airways operates from Heathrow T5 and has the world’s largest airline lounge complex at the terminal covering an incredible 15,000m² in total and seating up to 2,500 passengers. There are 6 BA lounges at the terminal – 5 departure lounges (open from 0530 until the last BA departure) and a BA arrivals lounge.

BA Galleries Club Lounges (3) – There are 3 business class Galleries Club Lounges at Terminal 5. South Galleries Club (seats 830) and North Galleries Club (seats 440) are both on the upper level of the main T5A building. There is also a T5B Galleries Club lounge (seats 370) at the T5B satellite terminal.

Access to BA Galleries Club lounges is given to Club (business class) or First (first class) passengers, Gold and Silver BA Executive Club members plus equivalent Oneworld alliance 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 Club offers complimentary 15 minute treatments and also has 20 shower suites; there is a smaller Elemis Spa area at T5B Galleries Club.

BA Galleries First Lounge – Available for First (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 and 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 gives them access. Located at Heathrow T5 South concourse.

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British Airways Galleries First Lounge – Photo credit: richardmoross/flickr

BA Galleries Arrivals Lounge – The 156 seat British Airways Galleries Arrivals Lounge is available only for arriving long-haul passengers (either Club World, First and BA Gold card holders). It is not available for short-haul BA passengers. Lounge facilities include 94 showers, a free 15 minute Elemis Spa treatment, valet suit pressing service and breakfast buffet facilities. Note, due to capacity restrictions no guests are allowed. Located on the 1st floor of T5 public area, access via the orange lift. Open 0500-1400.

Regus Express Business Lounge [PAID] – Regus, the flexible office and workspace provider has a small Regus Express lounge at Heathrow T5. The lounge contains comfy seats, workspaces and complimentary tea/coffee/water. 8 meeting rooms are also available for hire by the hour. Note, there are no shower facilities. Basic lounge access is granted to Regus BusinessWorld members, paid entry is also possible. Located on the 1st floor of T5 public area, access via the red lift. Open 0600-1900 Mon-Fri.

Club Millesime at the Sofitel London Heathrow T5 [PRIORITY PASS] – This is a hotel club lounge accessible to Priority Pass members. It offers drinks/snacks, free WiFi and shower/spa facilities. An access card must first be obtained at the hotel reception’s guest relations desk. The maximum stay is 5 hours. An excellent option for use as an arrivals lounge or during a long stopover at Heathrow. At T5 arrivals take lift to level 1 and follow the signs. Open 0600-2200.

Heathrow By Invitation [PAID] – 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. Available to business and first class passengers only. Open 0530-2230.

Plaza Premium Lounge T5 – Plaza Premium is planning to open a 200 seat lounge facility at Heathrow Terminal 5 sometime in early 2017.

Heathrow Terminal 4 Lounges

Plaza Premium Lounge T4 [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] – Stylish independent lounge offering from Plaza Premium group at T4 which opened in 2015. Located above Gate 1 this 790m² lounge has comfortable seating, cooking station and bar (2 drinks included), newspapers/magazines, productivity pods, showers (£10) and free WiFi. Access available to Priority Pass/Airport Angel/Diners Club members or via paid entry (£35 for 2 hours). Jet Airways premium passengers also get access. Open 0500-2230 daily. You can book the Plaza Premium T4 Lounge here

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Skyteam Lounge [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] [SKYTEAM] [ONEWORLD] – The first Skyteam branded lounge, located at gate 10 of T4. Spread over 2 levels, the 1,600m² lounge seats 300. Includes food and beverage service, wine bar, work stations, free WiFi, wellness centre with showers, Clarins treatments and a yoga room. Access for first and business class Skyteam passengers, Skyteam elite members, Oneworld elite in Qatar Airways economy, Air Mauritius/Royal Air Maroc premium passengers and Priority Pass holders. Paid access is possible, cost is £30 for 3 hours. Open 0500-until last departure. You can book the Skyteam lounge here

skyteam lounge heathrow t4

EL AL King David Lounge – EL AL has a stylish 340m² lounge facility near Gate 2 at Terminal 4 which is operated by Plaza Premium group and was opened in 2016. There is seating for up to 150 guests including first and business class zones plus a bar and restaurant counter with kosher food. Open 1100-2300.

Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge – Etihad runs its own stylish 600m² lounge at T4, below the Skyteam lounge near gate 10. Includes bar and dining area, computer stations, kids zone, a prayer room and showers. The Six Senses Spa gives complimentary 15 minute treatments to Residence/First Class passengers and Etihad Platinum members. Lounge access granted to first and business class Etihad passengers, elite Etihad Guest members plus Air Astana premium class passengers. Open 0600-2200.

Gulf Air Falcon Lounge – Gulf Air’s 600m² lounge next to gate 6 has contemporary decor with Arabic influence and contains 110 seats with a bar, buffet and dining area plus a business centre. Access for premium and elite Gulf Air passengers plus premium passengers of Arik Air/Biman Bangladesh/Kuwait Airways/Sri Lankan. Open 0600-2230.

Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge [ONEWORLD] – Stylish and airy Golden Lounge near gate 6 (upper level, above the Gulf Air lounge) at T4 with excellent views of the runway/apron. Facilities include bar and dining area, Western and Malaysian food, 2 spacious shower rooms, prayer room, computer stations and free WiFi. Access to Malaysia Airlines first and business class passengers, Platinum/Gold Enrich, Oneworld elite members plus Philippine Airlines premium passengers. Open 0500-2130.

Qatar Airways Lounge [ONEWORLD] – Qatar’s dedicated 750m² lounge is for first and business class passengers only. This luxurious lounge has stylish furnishings, shower facilities, a bar, deli counter and brasserie serving Arabian and international fare. Next to Gate 1, open 0500-2030. Note, Oneworld elite flying Qatar Airways economy class need to use the Skyteam lounge.

Heathrow Terminal 4 Arrivals Lounges

Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge T4 [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] – New facility opened in April 2017, this compact arrivals lounge has capacity for 75 guests and includes 25 shower rooms and lounge-bar area. Located in the arrival hall (public side) on the mezzanine level, open 0500-2200.

Heathrow Terminal 3 Lounges

No.1 Traveller Lounge [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] – Flagship 970m² lounge of hospitality group No.1 Traveller which also operates independent lounges at other UK airports. Located upstairs, follow signs for Lounge F, gates 13-22. This is a stylish lounge open to paying guests – costs from £30 for a 3 hour stay. Free access for Priority Pass/Airport Angel/Diners Club. Oman Air premium/elite passengers can also enter. Includes a bistro menu service and bar, games room, business centre, free WiFi, quiet zone, family room and apron views. For extra payment there is an à la carte menu, travel spa (from £15) and No.1 Bedrooms (8 singles – £60 for 3 hours, 4 doubles – £90 for 3 hours) with en suite showers. Probably one of the best pay-as-you-go airport lounges. Open 0430-2230. You can book the No.1 Traveller lounge here

no.1 traveller lounge london heathrow

American Airlines Lounges (2) [ONEWORLD] – AA has its Admirals Lounge (business class, seats 230) and Flagship Lounge (first class, seats 134) at Lounge H area at T3 (gates 13-22), below the Virgin Clubhouse. Contains a café bistro area with food and drink from London’s Rhubarb restaurant, business centre, kids zone, 7 shower rooms, TV lounge, aircraft views and free WiFi. Access for AA/US Airways premium customers, Admirals Club members, Qantas Club and Oneworld Emerald members. An Admirals Club day pass costs $50. Open 0600-1845 (Flagship), 0600-2145 (Admirals).

British Airways Galleries Lounges (2) [ONEWORLD] – Lounge complex of 3,000m² with Galleries Club (seats 300) and Galleries First (seats 250) at Lounge F (follow gates 13-22). Contains the usual high quality BA facilities including an Elemis Spa. Access rules as above for BA T5 lounges. Also used by premium Iberia and Qantas passengers plus Oneworld elites. Open 0500-2330.

Cathay Pacific Lounge [ONEWORLD] – A new Cathay Pacific first and business class lounge (managed by Plaza Premium Group) opened in late 2016 following expansion and refurbishment. At around 1,200m², the lounge features the signature Noodle Bar, buffet area (Western and Asian foods), workstations, free WiFi and shower rooms. Located at Lounge C area, next to gate 11 (follow gates 1-11). Access for premium Cathay/Finnair/Oneworld passengers plus various elite Cathay/Cargo Clan/Oneworld members. Open 0530 to last departure (Mon-Sat) and 0730-last departure (Sun).

Emirates Lounge – The Gulf carrier has an expanded 1,025m² lounge for premium passengers which seats 260. Located near Gate 7 of T3. Access for premium passengers as well as Emirates IO, Emirates Skywards Platinum/Gold members and Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One/Platinum/Gold travelling on Emirates. Lounge includes a large restaurant area, computer workstations, shower facilities and a prayer room. Boarding the aircraft is done straight from the lounge.

Club Aspire Lounge Terminal 3 [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] – New lounge joint-venture from Swissport and Airport Lounge Development (Collinson Group) which replaces the old Servisair lounge. This stylish lounge seats 120 and features a self-service buffet area, business zone, free WiFi, rest area, showers and Bliss Spa facilities. Additional food menu options possible at extra charge. Located at Lounge D area, next to gate 9 (follow gates 1-22). Available to paying guests and Priority Pass holders. Free Prosecco for clients until Jan 17 2017. Maximum stay is 3 hours. Open 0400-2200 (Mar-Sep) and 0530-2230 (Oct-Feb). You can book the Club Aspire T3 Lounge from £24.99 here

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Lounge – Virgin’s flagship lounge at T3 (upper level, Lounge H, gates 13-22) and one of the world’s best business class airline lounges. This 2,500m² lounge has many different sections with funky seating, pool table/games room, library/work space, free WiFi, viewing deck, bar and dining area. The Clubhouse Spa provides complimentary spa treatments and haircuts. Access is for Virgin Upper Class passengers plus Guest List passengers, Flying Club Gold members and Delta elite. Open 0700-2230.

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR T3 – Photo credit: richardmoross/flickr

Heathrow Family Lounge [FREE] – Not an airline lounge but a dedicated facility for family travellers with play areas, kids quiet zones, game areas plus comfortable seating for adults. Free to enter, located on the upper level at Lounge A, access lift behind the Ted Baker store, open 0600-2100.

Qantas Lounge [ONEWORLD] – Qantas is developing a dedicated global lounge at Terminal 3 which will open in 2017. The split-level lounge has a capacity for 230 passengers and will feature a bar and Rockpool menu dining area, business section, shower facilities and a children’s zone. Access will be available for Qantas/Oneworld elite, Qantas premium passengers and Qantas Club members.

Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals Lounges

American Airlines Arrivals Lounge [ONEWORLD] – American’s arrival facility at T3 reopened in summer 2016 after a major refurbishment. The new lounge features showers, valet pressing service and a food/drink area with champagne bar. Access for AA/BA/Cathay/Qantas first and business class passengers; plus OneWorld Emerald elite/BA Premier. At the arrivals exit turn right and head up to level 2. Open 0500-1430.

Delta Arrivals Lounge [SKYTEAM] – Delta Airlines has a small arrivals lounge at Terminal 3. The lounge features 11 showers, breakfast menu and bar, clothes press/shoe shine service and a business centre with free WiFi. Access is granted to Delta Business Elite passengers and Sky Miles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members. Open 0600-1400.

Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge – Virgin’s arrivals lounge on the upper level features 18 shower rooms, valet cleaning service, breakfast bar, Clubhouse spa and free WiFi. Access for premium and elite passengers. Open 0500-1330.

Emirates Chauffeur Drive Lounge – Emirates has a small arrivals lounge on the ground floor for premium passengers using the onward chauffeur car service. The lounge includes 30 seats, newspapers/magazines, drinks/snacks, computer workstations and free WiFi.

Finally lets turn attention to the airport’s newest terminal…

Heathrow Terminal 2 Lounges

Star Alliance has a major presence at Heathrow Terminal 2 which comprises of main building T2A and satellite T2B, connected by a (long) tunnel walkway.

Plaza Premium Lounge T2 [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] – Stylish independent lounge offering from Plaza Premium group at T2A. Located at level 4 (A gates) at Lounge A3. This windowless lounge contains an excellent buffet, bar (2 drinks included), wellness spa and day rooms (extra charge). Access available to Priority Pass/Airport Angel/Diners Club members or via paid entry (£35 for 2 hours). Open 0500-2300. You can book the Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge here

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Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge [PAID] – Located at Lounge A2 of T2A, Aer Lingus has a 130 seat lounge which offers drinks and light snacks, comfortable armchairs, slate wall tiles, free WiFi, apron views and shower facilities. Lounge access available to US-bound Aer Lingus business class passengers, Flex-fare (Europe) passengers and Aer Lingus Gold Circle/BA Executive Club elite/Bank of Ireland Gold Visa Business Card holders all flying Aer Lingus. Premium Icelandair passengers also get access. It’s possible for Aer Lingus passengers to pay for entry online or at-the-door (£23/€25). Open 0600-2200.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge [STAR ALLIANCE] – This 700m² Air Canada facility (Lounge B3 at T2B) has a contemporary design with split levels. It contains a bar and bistro area, quiet zone and spa showers. Access granted to business class passengers, Air Canada Altitude elite, Star Alliance Gold members and Maple Leaf Club worldwide members. Open 0500-2200.

Lufthansa Business/Senator Lounge [STAR ALLIANCE] – Large 1,600m² dual lounge for Lufthansa premium passengers. The Business lounge seats 230; the Senator section (for first class and Lufthansa Senators) seats 120. The lounge has comfort zones, work areas, bistro with hot and cold food, a drinks bar and apron views. Access to Lufthansa/Star Alliance business and first class passengers plus Star Alliance Gold members. Located at Lounge A1 at T2A, next door to the Aer Lingus lounge. Open 0500-2200.

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge [STAR ALLIANCE] – The SilverKris lounge is located at Lounge B2 at the T2B satellite (opposite Air Canada lounge, near gate 36) and has separate business and first class areas. The business class section provides 158 seats and has an Asian/Western buffet-bar area. The 50 seat first class section has à la carte dining options plus private seating. Access for premium passengers of Singapore Airlines/Star Alliance plus SIA Krisflyer Elite Gold and Star Alliance Gold members. Open 0715-2200.

United Lounges (2) [STAR ALLIANCE] – Flagship joint United Club Lounge (Business class) and United Global First Lounge (for first class passengers) with a combined area of around 2,043m². These stylish lounges are light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable seating, 8 shower suites and free WiFi. The United Club lounge has 25 seat long bar serving unlimited drinks plus a well stocked self-service buffet area. The Global First lounge is a more intimate setting with a tea lounge, wine room and à la carte dining. Located at T2B satellite (Lounge B1, opposite gate B46). Open 0500-1800 (Global First), 0500-2200 (Club).

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United Global First Lounge LHR T2 – Photo credit: alan-light/flickr

Heathrow Terminal 2 Arrivals Lounges

Arrivals Lounge [STAR ALLIANCE] – Star Alliance arrivals lounge facility just after leaving the Terminal 2 baggage reclaim/customs area. Has shower facilities, comfy seating and bar serving drinks and breakfast. Access is for premium passengers/Star elite travelling on United Airlines, Air Canada and South African Airways. Open 0500-1400.

Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge T2 [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] – Next door to the Arrivals lounge is the 315m² Plaza Premium arrivals lounge. Featuring newspapers/magazines, shower facilities, massage services and rest suites. Basic lounge entry costs from £25, additional services are charged extra. Free access for Priority Pass/Airport Angel/Diners Club members. Open 0500-2200.

Note, there are no American Express lounges at London Heathrow – though some AmEx cards offer complimentary Priority Pass membership.

London Heathrow Airport Lounges Summary

Heathrow Airport Lounges By Numbers:
42 Heathrow airport lounges
31 Heathrow airline lounges
10 arrivals lounges
9 Priority Pass lounges
8 British Airways lounges 
8 independent lounges 
15 Oneworld lounges 
6 Star Alliance lounges 
2 Skyteam lounges 
1 hotel lounge 
Largest Heathrow Airport Lounges: 
British Airways Lounges 
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse 
United Club/Global First Lounges 
American Airlines Admirals & Flagship Lounges 
Lufthansa Lounge Skyteam Lounge
Heathrow Airport Lounges By Terminal
LHR Terminal 2
Plaza Premium Lounge T2
Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Lufthansa Business/Senator Lounge
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge
United Club Lounge
United Global First Lounge
Arrivals Lounge (United, Air Canada, South African Airways)
Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals Lounge
LHR Terminal 3
No.1 Traveller Lounge
American Airlines Admirals Lounge
American Airlines Flagship Lounge
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge
British Airways Galleries First Lounge
Cathay Pacific Lounge
Emirates Lounge
Club Aspire Lounge T3
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
Heathrow Family Lounge
Qantas Lounge (expected to open 2017)
American Airlines Arrivals Lounge
Delta Arrivals Lounge
Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge
Emirates Chauffeur Drive Lounge
LHR Terminal 4
Plaza Premium Lounge T4
Skyteam Lounge
EL AL King David Lounge
Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge
Gulf Air Falcon Lounge
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge
Qatar Airways Lounge
Plaza Premium T4 Arrivals Lounge
LHR Terminal 5
Aspire Lounge and Spa T5
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge South
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge North
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge T5B
British Airways Galleries First Lounge
British Airways Concorde Room
British Airways Galleries Arrivals Lounge
Regus Express Business Lounge
Club Millesime at Sofitel Heathrow T5
Heathrow By Invitation Windsor Suite T5
Heathrow Airport Lounges By Alliance
American Airlines Admirals & Flagship Lounges
American Airlines Arrivals Lounge
British Airways Galleries Club Lounges (4)
British Airways Galleries First Lounges (2)
British Airways Concorde Room
British Airways Galleries Arrivals Lounge
Cathay Pacific Lounge
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge
Qatar Airways Lounge
Qantas Lounge (open 2017)
Skyteam Lounge (Oneworld elite flying Qatar economy)
Skyteam Lounge
Delta Arrivals Lounge
Star Alliance
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Arrivals Lounge (Air Canada/South African/United)
Lufthansa Business/Senator Lounge
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge
United Club & Global First Lounges
Priority Pass Lounges at London Heathrow
Plaza Premium Lounge T2
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge T2
No.1 Traveller Lounge T3
Club Aspire Lounge T3
Plaza Premium Lounge T4
Plaza Premium T4 Arrivals Lounge
Skyteam Lounge T4
Aspire Lounge and Spa T5
Club Millesime at Sofitel Heathrow T5
Note: Airport Angel and Diners Club also have access to these lounges
Pay-for-access Lounges at London Heathrow
Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge (£23/€25)
Plaza Premium Lounge T2 (from £35)*
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge T2 (from £25)*
United Club Lounge T2 ($50 day pass)
American Airlines Admirals Lounge ($50 day pass)
No.1 Traveller Lounge T3 (from £30)*
Club Aspire Lounge T3 (from £25)*
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (buy Guest List package, from £240)
Plaza Premium Lounge T4 (from £35)*
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge T4
Skyteam Lounge T4 (from £30)*
Aspire Lounge and Spa T5 (from £30)*
Regus Express Business Lounge (from £8)*
Heathrow by Invitation (£1,800, premium passengers only)*
* can fly any airline to access

Also see our guide to London Gatwick airport lounges