London Heathrow announces opening of first independent lounge

London Heathrow, the UK’s hub airport, has announced the opening of the first independent, shared use lounge at Terminal 5.

Located at Gate A18 in Terminal 5, ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa’ will be the first lounge open to all travellers in one of the world’s busiest airport terminals. Priority Pass members will have access to the lounge as part of their membership. Travellers without membership can enjoy three hours in ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ for £35 when booked in advance, or for £40 at reception on the day subject to availability. The lounge is open from 5am until 11pm daily.

Announcing the opening last Friday, Stephen Wilkinson, Property Director, Heathrow said: ‘We are delighted to announce that as of today, we now have independent lounges in each of our terminals. Our team works tirelessly to ensure our customers receive the very best service when they fly and we’re delighted that the new Aspire lounge at Terminal 5 will enhance this service from today.’

The 4,000 sq ft lounge space features an extensive British-inspired seasonal food and drink menu, which includes a wide range of complimentary as well as premium (chargeable) options. Guests are also offered a chance to sample Spey Whisky, draught beer and a selection of wines on a complimentary basis or choose to pay for selected ‘Wine Flights’, a unique offer to taste a variety of wines from different regions.

A major attraction at the lounge is the ‘Bliss Spa at Aspire’ – the award-winning beauty company’s first location in an airport. The specially designed travel spa menu includes a range of facials, manicures and pedicures available as refreshing 20 minute express, or luxurious 40 minute appointments.

State-of-the-art ‘rest pods’ allow guests to recline back and relax on specially engineered, reclining loungers before or during a long trip, watch television and rejuvenate themselves. Travellers on business will have access to connected work spaces with free high speed WiFi, charging posts and designated quiet zones.

The lounge will be jointly owned and operated by Swissport and Airport Lounge Development (ALD), Collinson Group’s lounge operating arm.