A guide to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) lounges

Have you found yourself with some spare time at Heathrow Airport (LHR)? We’ve compiled a go-to guide on the range of Heathrow lounges offered across the airport’s terminals, so you can choose the one that best suits you.

London Heathrow Airport. Image credit: Belinda Fewings/iStock
London Heathrow Airport. Image credit: Belinda Fewings/iStock

There is a staggering number of Heathrow Airport lounges on offer to satisfy the needs of more than 70 million passengers who pass through its four terminals each year. Whether you prefer a major airline’s lounge or paid-for-entry access, there is a wealth of choice available to you. Once you have checked-in, read on to discover some of the best Heathrow lounges on offer.

Heathrow Lounges, Terminal 5

British Airways Concorde Room – a classic Heathrow T5 lounge

Found in the South Concourse after security, this lounge offers a range of facilities including table service, specialty coffee, alcoholic beverages, and relaxation rooms. The British Airways lounge at Heathrow is open 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

The lounge is available to British Airways first-class and Concorde Card holders.

British Airways Galleries – relax and unwind in this Heathrow lounge

British Airways operates two Galleries from Terminal 5, the First Lounge and the Club Lounge. The First Lounge is accessible to Emerald members and those traveling First Class and is found on the South Concourse after security. The lounge offers runway views, table service, and spa treatments.

The Club Lounge is open to Business and First Class passengers as well as Sapphire or Emerald members, and is found at both the North and South Concourses and a satellite gallery at T5B.

These Heathrow lounges are open 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

British Airways Galleries Arrivals Lounge – freshen up in this Heathrow gem

Before you leave LHR, stop in at one of two British Airways Galleries Arrivals Lounges available at Heathrow, located in Terminals 3 and 5, where you can freshen up with a shower or treat yourself at Elemis Travel Spa. Both lounges are open daily from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Heathrow lounges are available to First or Business Class passengers, or British Airways Executive Club Gold members.

Heathrow Terminal 4

Falcon Gold Gulf Air Lounge – a modern, elegant Heathrow lounge option

Boasting 600 square metres of modern architecture and contemporary design, this lounge offers panoramic views of the runway and apron. Treat yourself to the self-service buffet and well-stocked bar or organize meetings from the lounge’s Business Centre. The lounge is located next to Gate 7 and is open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

The lounge is available to Gulf Air premium London passengers.

Malaysia Airlines Lounge – taste the flavors of Malaysia in this stylish lounge

Malaysia Airlines’ lounge sits near Gate 6 and is open four hours before departure flights. There is a hot buffet and à la carte menu available, showcasing both Malaysian and international fare. The space is split into a dining room and a smaller area with couches.

The lounge is available to first-class passengers.

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge – wash off a long flight in this Heathrow lounge

Located on level 2 of Terminal 4 at LHR, this lounge offers a water display, an open theatre-style kitchen and deli counter, and large showers complete with complimentary towels and linens.

The lounge is available to Qatar Airways and oneworld First and Business Class passengers up to three hours before flight departures.

Skyteam Lounge – take time to work and relax between flights

Open from 5 a.m. until the last flight departure, this lounge offers a range of facilities, including free Wi-Fi, a business center, full meals and snacks, and a number of beverages. The lounge can be found opposite Gate 10.

This lounge is available to passengers flying internationally on these airlines.

Heathrow Terminal 3

Find the perfect place to relax in one of London Heathrow lounges. Image credit: Jacob Lund/iStock
Find the perfect place to relax in one of London Heathrow’s airport lounges. Image credit: Jacob Lund/iStock

American Airlines Admirals Club – recharge in this Heathrow lounge

This airport lounge can be found in lounge area H on the departure level of Terminal 3. The space offers free Wi-Fi, computer access, children’s play areas and shower facilities. The lounge is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The lounge is available to Admirals Club members, First and Business Class guests, qualifying AAdvantage members flying with the airline, guests on flights marketed and operated by oneworld airlines, and Admirals Club pass customers.

Regus Express Business Lounge – a space where you can work away from the office

This flexible workspace can be found above the Virgin Atlantic check-in area. The lounge offers private office spaces and a dozen meeting rooms to hold a meeting in before you board. The lounge also offers five showers and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Visit Regus’ website for a breakdown of prices.

Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge – enjoy a British breakfast before starting your day

The Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge can be found just off the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 3 and is open from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. Here you can your suit pressed while enjoying a full English breakfast over the morning papers. There is also a Revivals Lounge located in Terminal 3.

The lounge is available to Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members arriving on overnight flights.

Aspire Lounge – where individual pods help you unwind between flights

Open from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, this lounge offers a wide selection of hot and cold food options as a range of drinks, including, at an additional cost, champagne and cocktails. The lounge also offers a business zone for guests, charging areas, and rest areas where you can unwind in an individual pod. There is also an Aspire Lounge Heathrow T5.

The lounge is available to anyone for a fee. Aspire Lounge asks guests to adhere to a smart-casual dress code.

Cathay Pacific Lounge – enjoy runway views in this Heathrow lounge

At the Cathay Pacific Lounge located in Lounge C near Gate 11, you can have a meal from the lounge’s Food Hall or Noodle Bar and take a seat near the floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy runway views. First Class guests are also offered an à la carte menu. Open from 5:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday until last departure.

The lounge is available to First and Business Class passengers, selected members of The Marco Polo Club, and oneworld partner program members.

Emirates Lounge – keep an eye on your flight while sipping cocktails

This lounge is open according to first and last departure times for Emirates flights and can be found in Zone E, alongside Gates 1-11. The space provides a place to unwind and enjoy a shower, an alcoholic beverage, or a range of snacks while you keep an eye on the flight monitors.

The lounge is available to Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold and Silver members traveling with the airline or on a flydubai flight.

Family Lounge – a child-friendly space when traveling with loved ones

This family lounge is split into two areas, one caters to children up to the age of two, and the other for children up to the age of nine. The lounge is close to the Ted Baker shop and is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

No. 1 Lounge Delta Gold – watch a film while waiting for your flight

Open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., this lounge offers a fully tended bar, cinema, guest showers, and sports lounge. From £34 online, any checked-in passenger can access this lounge.

Qantas London Lounge – a spacious area to enjoy a coffee and reflect on your travels

This 230-seat lounge is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and features bar service, wireless internet access, and a coffee bar.

The lounge is available to First and Business Class Qantas passengers, Qantas Platinum One, Platinum, and Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers, Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold customers, and Qantas club members.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – order a cocktail and tempt yourself with a spa treatment

Located in the Upper Class Wing in Terminal 3, the Clubhouse offers an à la carte menu, award-winning cocktails, a viewing deck, and a Clubhouse Spa.

The lounge is available to Upper Class and Flying Club Gold members. Open 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Heathrow Terminal 2

London Heathrow airport lounges offer style and comfort. Image credit: Dan Gold/iStock
London Heathrow airport lounges offer style and comfort. Image credit: Dan Gold/iStock

Lufthansa Senator Lounge – open all day for your every need

Located on level 5 are Lufthansa’s Senator and Business Lounges. These spaces are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offer a range of amenities, including quiet rooms, office units, and Wi-Fi. The Business Lounge buffet offers snacks and drinks, and there is a shower with fresh towels and hair dryer available.

Both lounges are available to Lufthansa and SWISS First Class ticket holders, Star Alliance First Class ticket holders, Star Alliance Gold card members, Miles & More Hon Circle members, or Senator card holders flying with Lufthansa.

Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge – a Heathrow lounge inspired by the Irish landscape

Positioned on level 5 in the main departures area, Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the southern runway. The open plan seating area is inspired by the Irish landscape and hosts a buffet style selection of dry foods and a range of drinks. The lounge is open from 5:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

The lounge is available to Business Class guests, AerClub members, Advantage fare guests, United Airlines codeshare guests, Bank of Ireland Gold business card holders and pre-paid lounge pass holders all flying Aer Lingus.

Plaza Premium Lounges – a luxurious award-winning lounge

Open from 5 a.m. daily, two Plaza Premium Lounges can be found in Terminal 2 at Heathrow International Airport (LHR), one on level 4 and another on level 5. Both lounges offer shower facilities, massage services, and a fully tended bar. The level 4 lounge won the prestigious SKYTRAX award for Best Independent Airport Lounge for 2018. The level 5 lounge offers private resting suites where you can catch up on sleep and quiet spaces for business meetings. Plaza Premium Lounge on level 5 closes at 10 p.m. daily, while the level 4 lounge closes at 11 p.m. daily.

Plaza Premium Lounges are also available in Terminals 4 and 5.Access to the lounges can be purchased from 37 USD per hour.

United Lounge – where staff can help with local dining and entertainment options

Opposite Gate B46 sits the United Club, open 5 a.m. through to 10 p.m.  daily. With a number of shower facilities available, the lounge offers the perfect way to relax after you’ve stepped off a long haul flight. Ask one of the staff on hand for local dining or entertainment options, or stay and enjoy the range of complimentary beverages and light snacks on offer. Wi-Fi, printer access, and private phone booths make this lounge a great spot to catch up on some work.

The lounge is available to United premium cabin customers, United Club members or those with Star Alliance Gold status.

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge – sample treats from the à la carte dining menu

This 208-seat lounge is separated into First and Business Class passengers and can be found near gate B36. Walk past a batik design screen and into the designer space, where First Class offers not only a self-service buffet area but also an à la carte dining menu, with items rotated regularly. The Business Class lounge offers seating for 158 passengers, a professional bar service, and shower facilities. The lounge is open daily between 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The lounge is available to Singapore Airlines club members flying with the airline, as well as Business Class and first Class ticket holders with the airline.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – enjoy a bistro meal before your next flight

Air Canada’s lounge can be found on level 1 and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The space features a tended bar, a large shower area, a bistro where chefs cook regularly, and a quiet area with relaxation pods.

The lounge is available to Air Canada passengers departing London on long-haul flights.

To take your airport experience to the next level, be sure to book a reliable Blacklane airport transfer service.

Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.


Amy Mitchell-Whittington

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