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

Want to travel like a VIP on your next trip? Here's our round-up of all the lounges at London Heathrow.

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When it comes to lounges at London Heathrow, travellers are spoiled for choice. However, access and availability can vary wildly.

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

As the busiest airport in Europe, London Heathrow boasts 33 lounges across four terminals so there are plenty of locations for some R&R before your next trip.

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.

We’ve detailed all the Heathrow airport lounges and how you can gain access to them, including those that take Priority Pass – more on this below the list.

Heathrow Terminal 2 lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Lufthansa Business Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, newspaper & 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 & magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass Buy pass
Plaza Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), private rooms (paid), newspapers & magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass Buy pass

Heathrow Terminal 3 lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge Outside security Snacks, showers, newspaper & 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 & magazines American First or Business passengers who flew American to LHR that day, British Airways First or Club World passengers or British Airways Executive Club Gold members
The Qantas London Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms, newspapers & magazines Oneworld first class, business class, Emerald, and Sapphire passengers
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers & 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 & magazines Access to Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon Business Class or oneworld carrier Business Class passengers
Club Aspire Lounge Inside security Premium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), newspapers & magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass Buy pass
The Emirates Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers & magazines Emirates Business Class, First Class 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 & magazines Pay-per-use in advance or with a Priority Pass. Buy pass
British Airways Galleries First Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), newspapers & magazines, children’s area BA First Class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programmes.
British Airways Galleries Business Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers & magazines, children’s area BA First, Business (Club World) or Business (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 & magazines First or Business 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 & magazines Admirals Club members or ConciergeKey members
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspapers & magazines, shoe shine, children’s area Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members

Heathrow Terminal 4 lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge Outside security Premium food, bar, showers, conference rooms (paid), newspaper & magazines Pay-per-use depending on what services you require or with a Priority Pass Buy pass
Plaza Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms (paid), newspaper & magazines Pay-per-use depending on what services you require or with a Priority Pass Buy pass
SkyTeam Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspaper & magazines First and Business Class passengers on a SkyTeam member airline, SkyTeam Elite Plus members or with a Priority Pass Buy pass
King David Lounge Inside security Premium food (kosher), snacks, newspaper & magazines Business and First class El Al passengers
Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, private rooms, newspaper & magazines, children’s area Gulf Air premium passengers
Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa (paid), newspaper & magazines, children’s area 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, newspaper & magazines, children’s area Malaysia Airlines first class-passengers, oneworld first class passengers and oneworld Emerald elite members
Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspaper & 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), printed & copiers (paid) Pay-per-use or Businessworld Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus membership
The Windsor Suite Outside security Bar, private rooms, snacks, newspaper & 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, newspaper & magazines Pay-per-use
British Airways The Galleries Arrivals Lounge (5A) Outside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, clothes press newspaper & magazines BA First or Business (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,, newspaper & magazines, children’s area BA First Class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programmes
British Airways The Concorde Room Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, private rooms, conference rooms, newspaper & magazines BA First Class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programmes
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5A South) Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspaper & magazines, children’s area BA First Class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programmes
British Airways Galleries First Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspaper & magazines BA First Class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programmes
Aspire The Lounge Inside security Premium food (paid), bar, showers (paid), newspaper & magazines Pay-per-use at front desk or with a Priority Pass Buy pass
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (5B) Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, spa, newspaper & magazines, children’s area BA First Class passengers, Executive Club Gold members or Emerald member of oneworld airline frequent flier programmes

Read our guide to Gatwick lounges

Priority Pass

One way to gain access to a wide selection of lounges is with Priority Pass. It offers a scheme open to everyone, regardless of your airline boarding class or membership programme. Members simply pay an annual fee to join and can access 1,500 lounges across 140 countries. When it comes to London Heathrow, Priority Pass includes access to eight lounges with at least one in every terminal.

As a Priority Pass member, you can access Heathrow 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.

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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 programme, such as Priority Pass or LoungeKey, while some providers have their own branded lounges.

Credit cards and airport lounge access

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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rewards earn rate Rep. APR Link Lounge access Representative example
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
2 points per £1 spent with selected partners
1 point per £1 spent elsewhere
56.6% (variable)
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2 complimentary visits every year, plus membership of Lounge Club, allowing further access at £20 per visit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£595 p.a.
1 point per £1 spent
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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More Info
Unlocks access to more than 1200 airport lounges across 130+ countries, including The Centurion Lounges and membership of PriorityPass.
Coutts & Co Silk Credit Card Visa
14.71%
£0
N/A
14.7% (variable)
More Info
Membership to LoungeKey, access to over 700 airport lounges worldwide. Charged at £20 per person per visit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.71% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 14.7% APR (variable).
HSBC Premier Credit Card
0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
1 point per £1 spent
18.9% (variable)
More Info
Membership to LoungeKey, access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide. Charged at £20 per person per visit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Business Premium Plus Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 14.9%
£150 per annum
N/A
49.4% (variable)
More Info
Two free visits a year (with additional visits charged at £20 each).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £150 per annum, your representative rate is 49.4% APR (variable).
Santander World Elite Mastercard
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
£15 per month
0.5% cashback
49.8% (variable)
More Info
Membership to LoungeKey, complimentary access to over 1000 airport lounges worldwide.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard
18.9%
£195 per annum
2 points per £1 spent
59.3% (variable)
More Info
Membership to LoungeKey, complimentary access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 59.3% APR (variable).
Coutts and Co Silk Charge Mastercard
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£0
N/A
N/A (this product is a charge card).
More Info
Access to over 700 executive airport lounges in over 300 major airports worldworld. £20 per person per visit.
Allied Irish Bank (GB) Visa Gold Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£75 per annum
N/A
N/A (this product is a charge card).
More Info
Priority Pass - access to over 600 executive airport lounges.
The Platinum Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£575 per annum
1 point per £1 spent
N/A (this product is a charge card).
More Info
Complimentary access to over 1,200 airport lounges across more than 130 countries worldwide through Priority Pass, with supplementary cardholder as guest. Access to the new Centurion Lounge, coming soon to Heathrow Terminal 3.
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