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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

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Lufthansa Business Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, newspapers and magazines Access varies depending on boarding pass and airline membership level
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge Outside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), private rooms (paid), newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
Plaza Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), private rooms (paid), newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass

Heathrow Terminal 3 lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge Outside security Snacks, showers, newspaper and magazines Pay-per-use
Regus Express Business Lounge Outside security Telephones, showers (paid), conference rooms (paid), private rooms (paid) Pay-per-use
Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge Outside security Premium food, showers, spa, clothes press Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members
American Airlines Arrivals Lounge Outside security Premium food, bar, showers, clothes press, conference rooms (paid), newspapers and magazines American 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 Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms, newspapers and magazines oneworld first-class, business-class, Emerald and Sapphire passengers
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon first-class passengers or Marco Polo Club members (access price depends on tier)
Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Access to Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon business-class or oneworld business-class passengers
Club Aspire Lounge Inside security Premium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
The Emirates Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Emirates business-class or first-class passengers or Emirates Skywards Gold or Platinum members. Paid entry available to Emirates Blue and Silver members.
No1 Lounges Inside security Premium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), spa (paid), private rooms (paid) newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use in advance or with a Priority Pass.
British Airways Galleries First Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), children’s area, newspapers and magazines BA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld Airline frequent flier programs.
British Airways Galleries Business Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, children’s area, newspapers and magazines BA 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 Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines First- 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 Club Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Admirals Club members or ConciergeKey members
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, shoe shine, children’s area, newspapers and magazines Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members

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Heathrow Terminal 4 lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge Outside security Premium food, bar, showers, conference rooms (paid), newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use depending on what services you require or with a Priority Pass
Plaza Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms (paid), newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use depending on what services you require or with a Priority Pass
SkyTeam Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspapers and magazines First- and business-class passengers on a SkyTeam member airline, SkyTeam Elite Plus members or with a Priority Pass
King David Lounge Inside security Premium food (kosher), snacks, newspapers and magazines Business- and first-class El Al passengers
Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms, children’s area, newspapers and magazines Gulf Air premium passengers
Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), children’s area, newspapers and magazines First- or business-class passengers and Etihad Gold members
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms, clothes press, Muslim prayer room, children’s area, newspapers and magazines Malaysia Airlines first class-passengers, oneworld first-class passengers and oneworld Emerald elite members
Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Qatar Airways and oneworld first- and business-class passengers

Heathrow Terminal 5 lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Regus Express Business Lounge Outside security Conference rooms (paid), private rooms (paid), printers and copiers (paid) Pay-per-use or Businessworld Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus membership
The Windsor Suite Outside security Bar, private rooms, snacks, newspapers, magazines and other VIP services Exclusive and expensive — must be booked in advance through Heathrow VIP
Plaza Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use
British Airways The Galleries Arrivals Lounge (5A) Outside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, clothes press, newspapers and magazines BA 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 security Premium food, bar, showers, children’s area, newspapers and magazines BA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
British Airways The Concorde Room Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, private rooms, conference rooms, newspapers and magazines BA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5A South) Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, children’s area, newspapers and magazines BA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
British Airways Galleries First Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspapers and magazines BA first-class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programs
Aspire The Lounge Inside security Premium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use at front desk or with a Priority Pass
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5B) Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, children’s area, newspapers and magazines BA 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 including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 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
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Name Product Welcome offer Rewards Annual fee Filter values
American Express® Gold Card
60,000 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 $600 with this upper-mid tier travel card. Rates & fees
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months, a value of up to $750 through Chase Ultimate Rewards
5x points on Lyft, 2x points on travel and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
$95
Earn a signup bonus worth $750 with this popular travel card. Combine with other Chase Ultimate Rewards cards for even greater value.
The Platinum Card® from American Express
100,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 6 months, plus 10x points at US gas stations and US supermarkets on up to $15,000 in combined purchases in the same timeframe
10x points at US gas stations and US supermarkets on up to $15,000 combined in the first 6 months, 15x points on directly-booked flights or on flights and hotels on Amex Travel. 1x points on all other purchases. Starting January 1, 2021, your 15x points on flights will be capped on up to $500,000 annually (then 1x points).
$550
One of the most valuable premium travel cards, featuring two welcome offers worth up to $4,500, multiple travel credits and unrivaled lounge access. 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.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months, plus earn 25,000 after the first anniversary of card membership (offer expires 1/13/2021)
6x points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, 3x at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines and 2x for all other purchases
$450
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 or more within your first 3 months, plus earn 25,000 after the first anniversary of card membership (offer expires 1/13/2021). Rates & fees
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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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