There are a few things that are reserved for the rich and famous; private jets, huge yachts and glittering film premieres amongst them; but these days VIP airport lounges don’t need to be one of them!
If you’re getting ready to jet set off on an exciting adventure, don’t kill your holiday buzz before you’ve even got going! We come over all claustrophobic at the thought of the crowded departure lounge, heady with the scent of burnt paninis and cheap duty free perfume; so follow those in the know and book yourself into a VIP airport lounge and save yourself from the crowded chaos.
Heathrow has a few of these ‘common use’ lounges, open to everyone and available to pre-book; they come with a wide range of features, like Wi-Fi, free newspapers and more importantly, a large helping of peace and quiet; some even have spas, cinemas and free food on offer.
We thought we’d give you the low down on Heathrow Airport lounges so that you can enjoy your pre-flight down time and make the most of lounging!
Heathrow top pick!
No 1 Traveller, Terminal 3
Our favourite at Heathrow; if you’re flying from Terminal 3 you’d be mad not to book yourself a spot in this haven of tranquillity! As soon as you step inside the cool and calming space, you are greeted by panoramic views of the runway. The lounge is bright and airy and there is ample seating so you can relax and take the weight off your feet as you enjoy some VIP service.
One of the best things about the lounge is that food and drink is complimentary; early birds can enjoy waffles or eggs for breakfast, and if you arrive after 11am then a freshly made pitta or pasta is on offer. There is also a well-stocked pantry table where you can graze all day on soups, salads, fresh fruit, cakes and biscuits.
If you’re feeling particularly peckish, you can choose to pay a little extra and enjoy something a little more substantial from the A La Carte menu. Soft drinks and most alcoholic drinks are on the house; champagne, sparkling wines and cocktails are extra and start at £6.00 for a glass of Prosecco.
There’s no chance of being bored while at the lounge as there’s acres of entertainment to while away the hours. Take full advantage of the free Wi-Fi, relax with a blockbuster in the cinema, get active in the games room, enjoy some quiet time in the special family room or simply sink into a comfy sofa with a paper.
The relaxation doesn’t stop there; if you need to freshen up you can take a shower, or indulge in a pre-holiday treatment or massage at the on-site spa. You can even book a bedroom if you are looking to catch up on your beauty sleep.
Verdict: Packed to the brim with extras, this stunning lounge is the perfect place to while away the hours before your flight; there’s so much to do that leaving may prove difficult!
Open: From 4:30am to 10:30pm daily; you can enter the lounge up to three hours before your flight.
Location: Once through security, follow the walkway to the left of World Duty Free, and then follow signs for Lounge F and Gates 13-22. No.1 Heathrow is located one floor up, and is accessible via the lifts and stairs.
Cost: £30.00 for an adult, £15.00 per child if pre-booked; infants are free.
Offering great value lounges at over 160 airports around the world, Lounge Pass is a great way to book up a lounge in any country so that you can unwind before your flight. Lounge Pass offers three Lounges at Heathrow; we’ve checked them out so that you can take your pick!
Servisair Lounge, Terminal 1
This handy little haven is located in the heart of Terminal 1 and offers a little respite from the clamouring crowds.
Treat yourself to a selection of free snacks like bacon rolls, pastries and fruit for breakfast, or soup, snacks and cake slices later in the day. Most drinks are complimentary; choose from beer, wine and spirits, or enjoy a revitalising coffee or refreshing soft drink.
Make use of the complimentary Wi-Fi, put your feet up and catch up on world events with a free newspaper or simply catch up on some TV.
Verdict: Great value lounging in a top location; ideal if you’re flying from Terminal 1 and looking for a stylish start to your trip.
Open: From 5:15am to 10:15pm daily; you can enter the lounge up to three hours before your flight.
Location: After clearing security, turn right at ‘Whiskies of the World’ and take lift/stairs to 2nd floor, following signs to the lounge along the balcony
Cost: £17.99 for an adult, £14.99 per child, if pre-booked.
Servisair Lounge, Terminal 3
If No 1 Traveller doesn’t take your fancy, this great value alternative might be just what you’re looking for.
Offering a relaxing and peaceful place to unwind, there are fabulous runway views to admire, free Wi-Fi to utilise, papers to be read and TVs to be watched.
Go to town on the free snacks and treats on offer; pile your plate with cereals pastries and fruit in the morning, or soup and rolls, cheese and biscuits or a delicious slice of cake in the afternoon. Beer, wine and spirits are complimentary, along with soft drinks and hot favourites.
Verdict: A budget conscious lounge that won’t break the bank but still leaves you feeling like a VIP!
Open: From 5:45am to 10:15pm daily; you can enter the lounge up to three hours before your flight.
Location: After security make your way towards gates 12-42 and Airline Lounges F-1.
Cost: £18.99 per adult, £14.99 per child, if pre-booked.
SkyTeam Lounge, Terminal 4
The slick and stylish SkyTeam Lounge awaits you if you are flying from Terminal 4; this split level, modern and contemporary space is huge and offers a great alternative to the departure lounge.
Enjoy complimentary food and drink anytime of the day or night; help yourself from the buffet table or head to the sleek wine bar to enjoy a glass of something cool.
There is plenty of entertainment on offer; make for the TV room, play games at the game station, surf away the day on one of many computers, enjoy a massage from a chair or breathe deeply in the oxygen bar! If peace and quiet is what you’re after, simply take a break on a day bed in the quiet room and get refreshed!
Verdict: Surreally space age; we love this sleek and sophisticated lounge!
Open: From 5:00am to 10:00pm daily; you can enter the lounge up to three hours before your flight.
Location: Once airside, head into the main departure lounge. Turn right and follow signs to the Skyteam Lounge located opposite Gate 10.
Cost: £29.00 per adult or child, if pre-booked.