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A guide to Heathrow’s lounges and how to access them

Relax like a VIP on your next trip in one of these exclusive lounges.

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As the busiest airport in Europe, London Heathrow boasts 33 lounges across four terminals so there are plenty of locations to rest up and refresh before your next trip. But access and availability can vary wildly.

How do I access Heathrow’s lounges?

While some lounges are available to everyone on a pay-per-visit basis, others are only accessible to members of lounge programs, high-tier frequent fliers, premium credit cardholders or first class or business class passengers.

Most lounges offer drinks, food and newspapers and magazines at a minimum, while others go the extra mile with spa facilities, showers and even private rooms if you want to catch a few hours’ sleep between flights.

Heathrow Terminal 2 lounges

LocationFacilitiesEntrance criteria
Lufthansa Business LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, newspapers and magazinesAccess varies depending on boarding pass and airline membership level
Plaza Premium Arrivals LoungeOutside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), private rooms (paid), newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
Plaza Premium LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), private rooms (paid), newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass

Heathrow Terminal 3 lounges

LocationFacilitiesEntrance criteria
Plaza Premium Arrivals LoungeOutside securitySnacks, showers, newspaper and magazinesPay-per-use
Regus Express Business LoungeOutside securityTelephones, showers (paid), conference rooms (paid), private rooms (paid)Pay-per-use
Virgin Atlantic Revivals LoungeOutside securityPremium food, showers, spa, clothes pressUpper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members
American Airlines Arrivals LoungeOutside securityPremium food, bar, showers, clothes press, conference rooms (paid), newspapers and magazinesAmerican first- or business-class passengers who flew American to LHR that day, British Airways first-class or Club World passengers or British Airways Executive Club Gold members
The Qantas London LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, private rooms, newspapers and magazinesoneworld first-class, business-class, Emerald and Sapphire passengers
Cathay Pacific First Class LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesCathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon first-class passengers or Marco Polo Club members (access price depends on tier)
Cathay Pacific Business Class LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesAccess to Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon business-class or oneworld business-class passengers
Club Aspire LoungeInside securityPremium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
The Emirates LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesEmirates business-class or first-class passengers or Emirates Skywards Gold or Platinum members. Paid entry available to Emirates Blue and Silver members.
No1 LoungesInside securityPremium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), spa (paid), private rooms (paid) newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use in advance or with a Priority Pass.
British Airways Galleries First LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), children’s area, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld Airline frequent flier programs.
British Airways Galleries Business LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class, business-class, Club World or Club Europe passengers, BA Executive Club Silver or Gold members or oneworld Sapphire or Emerald members
American Airlines International First Class LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesFirst- or business-class passengers on a qualifying American Airlines or oneworld international flight, AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum Expand members, ConciergeKey members, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members
American Airlines Admirals ClubInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesAdmirals Club members or ConciergeKey members
Virgin Atlantic ClubhouseInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, shoe shine, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesVirgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members

Airport lounge

Heathrow Terminal 4 lounges

LocationFacilitiesEntrance criteria
Plaza Premium Arrivals LoungeOutside securityPremium food, bar, showers, conference rooms (paid), newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use depending on what services you require or with a Priority Pass
Plaza Premium LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, private rooms (paid), newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use depending on what services you require or with a Priority Pass
SkyTeam LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, newspapers and magazinesFirst- and business-class passengers on a SkyTeam member airline, SkyTeam Elite Plus members or with a Priority Pass
King David LoungeInside securityPremium food (kosher), snacks, newspapers and magazinesBusiness- and first-class El Al passengers
Gulf Air Falcon Gold LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, private rooms, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesGulf Air premium passengers
Etihad Airways First and Business Class LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), children’s area, newspapers and magazinesFirst- or business-class passengers and Etihad Gold members
Malaysia Airlines Golden LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, private rooms, clothes press, Muslim prayer room, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesMalaysia Airlines first class-passengers, oneworld first-class passengers and oneworld Emerald elite members
Qatar Airways Premium LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesQatar Airways and oneworld first- and business-class passengers

Heathrow Terminal 5 lounges

LocationFacilitiesEntrance criteria
Regus Express Business LoungeOutside securityConference rooms (paid), private rooms (paid), printers and copiers (paid)Pay-per-use or Businessworld Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus membership
The Windsor SuiteOutside securityBar, private rooms, snacks, newspapers, magazines and other VIP servicesExclusive and expensive — must be booked in advance through Heathrow VIP
Plaza Premium LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use
British Airways The Galleries Arrivals Lounge (5A)Outside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, clothes press, newspapers and magazinesBA first- or business-class passengers, Club World passengers or Executive Club Gold members arriving on a long-haul flight
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5A North)Inside securityPremium food, bar, showers, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
British Airways The Concorde RoomInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, private rooms, conference rooms, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5A South)Inside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
British Airways Galleries First LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
Aspire The LoungeInside securityPremium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use at front desk or with a Priority Pass
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5B)Inside securityPremium food, bar, showers, spa, children’s area, newspapers and magazinesBA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs

Read our guide to Gatwick lounges

Priority Pass

One way to gain access to a wide selection of lounges is with Priority Pass. Members simply pay an annual fee to join and can access 1,500 lounges across 140 countries, either for free or for a small fee. You can also get access to Priority Pass through your credit card.

When it comes to London Heathrow, Priority Pass includes access to eight lounges with at least one in every terminal. This includes lounges run by independent operators such as Aspire, Plaza Premium and No1 Lounges, as well as the SkyTeam airlines network lounge.

There are also two Heathrow lounges available in arrivals if you need to freshen up after a long-haul flight before a meeting or important appointment.

Using a credit card to access a lounge at Heathrow

Many premium credit cardholders can enjoy complimentary access to airport lounges without paying an entry fee. Some cards and lounges will also let you bring a guest or family members with you.

Additionally, some credit cards offer free membership to a lounge membership program, such as Priority Pass or LoungeKey, while some providers have their own branded lounges.

Our pick for lounge access

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
  • One Year Complimentary Lyft Pink ($199 minimum value). Complimentary DashPass subscription from DoorDash after activating by 12/31/21.
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Name Product Welcome offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
80,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months, a value of up to $1,000 through Chase Ultimate Rewards
5x points on Lyft, 2x points on travel and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
$95
Earn a huge signup bonus worth $$1,000 with this popular travel card. Combine with other Chase Ultimate Rewards cards for even greater value.
American Express® Gold Card
35,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
3x points on directly-booked flights; 4x at restaurants; 4x at US supermarkets on up to $25,000 annually (then 1x points)
$250
Earn up to 4x points on select purchases, a bevy of travel perks, and a welcome offer worth up to $350 with this upper-mid tier travel card. Rates & fees
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
10x points on Lyft rides, 3x points on dining and travel after earning your $300 travel credit and 1x points on all other purchases
$550
Get a generous $300 in annual travel credits, 3x points on travel and dining, and a 50% bonus on point redemptions with Chase's premier card.
Hilton Honors American Express Card
75,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
7x points on Hilton Honors purchases, 5x at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations, 3x on all other purchases
$0
With a massive welcome offer for a no-annual-fee card and up to 7x points at Hilton, this is a solid pick for Hilton fans and occasional travelers. Rates & fees
Luxury Card Mastercard® Titanium Card™
N/A
1x points on all purchases with 2% point value when you redeem for airfare and 1% for cash back
$195
Enjoy unique excursions, privileged access to exclusive events and insider opportunities.
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Bottom line

London’s Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest in the world, but it has plenty of lounges for you to get away from the hustle and bustle. You can buy your way in, get in with your airline ticket, join an airline club or use a Priority Pass or credit card for entry. And for extra perks once you land, compare travel credit cards to find one with the travel benefits you want.

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