A new luxury departure lounge just opened at Heathrow Terminal 5 for any flier willing to pay £40 -- take a look inside

  • A new independent airport lounge has opened at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
  • It offers food, drink, and will soon have showers, at £40 for two hours.
  • The lounge provides a new option alternative to BA’s lounge and Aspire.

A new private airport lounge opened in Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on Monday, meaning waiting for a flight has become all the more luxurious — even if you’re not flying first or business class.

The 465 square metre lounge can be accessed on a walk-in basis by anyone willing to pay. It costs £40 per person for two hours, and £10 an hour after that.

Plaza, the company operating the lounge, said that customers with an American Express Platinum charge card can take a guest for free, and that they also accept the Dragonpass lounge access card.

There are comfy seats and free WiFi…

Complimentary food…

…and complimentary drinks at a pretty stunning looking bar.

These people seem to be enjoying the buffet selection.

The new lounge is also pretty quiet, according to the snap below captured by a visitor this week.

Here’s what the buffet looked like…

…And here’s the seating and dining area.

Once it’s complete, it will also have showers, which Plaza told Business Insider ought to be within a month.

The lounge is located on Level 2 of T5 departures, next to Gate A7, and is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

It offers an alternative to the one independent lounge already in Terminal 5, and other options which are only available to British Airways passengers.

The new facility will be a “major benefit to people who cannot access the existing British Airways lounges” in Terminal 5, according to Rob Burgess, founder of frequent flier website Head for Points.

The BA lounges are currently only open to those travelling in First, Club World, or Club Europe, or to Executive Club Gold and Silver Members. They’re also open to oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members.

“The existing small independent Aspire lounge in Terminal 5 is both very underwhelming and frequently full to capacity,” Burgess said.

Unlike the other Plaza Premium Heathrow lounges, you cannot currently get in with a Priority Pass or Lounge Club lounge pass, according to Burgess, who added that “this will change, but it’s likely to be a few weeks.”

“This is an exciting development for British Airways travellers from Heathrow Terminal 5,” Burgess said.

“I’m a big fan of the existing Plaza Premium departure lounges in Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 and, whilst this one is not as big, I am expecting the same high quality of food, drink, and furnishings.

He added: “The British Airways lounges in Terminal 5 are in need of updating after 10 years, and hopefully the arrival of Plaza Premium will encourage BA to up their game too.”

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