Lounge Access Without a Boarding Pass in London

Posted in At the Terminal, England, International, LHR

If you’re flying British Airways to/from Heathrow and you don’t have a premium cabin ticket or elite status, you’re going to be sitting at the gate dreaming of free tea and crumpets. That all changed this summer when independent lounge operators Airport Lounge Development (of The Club fame) and Swissport joined forces and opened Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5. The first independent lounge to open in Terminal 5, travelers can either use their Priority Pass to gain entrance or pay a fee to get in [(pre-book three hours for £35 (approximately $54.00) at www.executivelounges.com or snag walk-in access for £40 (approximately $62.00)].

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I’ve been a big fan of The Club lounges in the US — in fact, my experience in PHX was truly impressive. While the prices are much higher overseas at Aspire, I still think it may be worth using if you have a long layover and need a place to relax in a more private, refined space.

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Here’s the food and drink menu:


Available from opening to 11:00am

The Aspire Breakfast Roll
Choose a fresh crusty roll and fill it with
Cumberland Sausage
Crispy Back Bacon
Scrambled Egg

Organic Yoghurts

Deluxe Granola

Fresh Fruit Salad
Juicy apple, orange, grape, melon and pineapple

Selection of Cereals

Freshly baked Danish pastries

All Day

Available from 11:00am until close

Afternoon Tea for One or Two
Help yourself to one of our two-tiered platters or create your own from:
Pork Pies
Scotch Eggs
Victoria Sponge Cake
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Cake

Tuna Mayonnaise & Cucumber
Cheese & Onion
Egg Mayonnaise
Prawn Mayonnaise
Ham, Cheese & Pickle

Quiche Lorraine

Hot Miniature Pies
Beef and Ale
Chicken and Tarragon

Soup of the Day

Pasta of the Day

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel

British Cheese Board
Cornish Brie
Blue Stilton
Red Leicester

Fresh Salads
Mediterranean Pasta
Moroccan Couscous
Leaf Salad
Potato Salad
Sliced Cucumber
Cherry Tomatoes
Sliced Wiltshire Ham

Sweet Treats
Scones, clotted cream and jam
Chocolate Cake
Carrot Cake
Victoria Sandwich Cake
Double Chocolate Muffin
Chocolate Muffin
Blueberry Muffin

Gluten Free Treats
Chocolate Caramel Shortbread
Chocolate Brownie

Hand Cooked Crisps
Sea Salted
Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt
Red Leicester & Onion


Steak & Guinness Pie – £6.99
Cheese & Onion Pie – £6.99
Fish Finger Sandwich – £6.99
Maple and Barbecue Glazed
Salmon Fillet – £6.99
Welsh Lamb Shank – £9.99
Mushroom & Dolcelatte Risotto – £9.99

Complimentary Soft Drinks

Simply help yourself to:
Still / Sparkling Water
Tonic / Slimline Tonic Water
Ginger Ale
Bitter Ale
Soda Water
Orange Juice
Apple Juice
Pineapple Juice
Cranberry Juice
Grapefruit Juice
Tomato Juice
Speciality Teas
Freshly Brewed Coffee

Please order at the bar:
Coca Cola
Diet Coke

Complimentary Alcoholic Drinks

Order at the bar:
Draught Birra Moretti
London Pride Ale
Continental Lagers
Cambio 7 Sauvignon Blanc
Conti Rossi Pinot Grigio
Argento Malbec Rosé
Saam Pinotage
El Collectivo Malbec
Coni Neri Prosecco
Gordons Gin
Belvedere Vodka
Martell VS Cognac
Dows Ruby Port
Bacardi White Rum
Martini Rosso
Martini Extra Dry
Baileys Irish Cream

12 year old single malt
Chairmans Choice single malt

Available to Purchase

Order at the bar:
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne – £34.99

Mai Tai – £5.99
Cosmopolitan – £5.99
Elderflower Collins – £5.99
Espresso Martini – £5.99

Sensational Sauvignon Blanc – £10.00
The French Affair – £10.00
Brave New World – £10.00
The Jet Set – £10.00

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Full Press Release Below:

DALLAS – August 4, 2015 – Airport Lounge Development Inc. (ALD), the leading independent shared-use lounge developer in the U.S., today announced the international expansion of its network and portfolio with a flagship lounge at London Heathrow: ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’. ALD will jointly own and operate the lounge with Swissport, one of the largest lounge operators in the world, and the leader in the UK market. While Collinson Group, the parent company of ALD, and Swissport have had a long standing partnership in other business areas this is the first formal joint venture and pairs the largest and most experienced U.S. operator of airport lounges with the UK’s largest and most experienced operator. This partnership combines experience and expertise to operate the first shared-use lounge at one of the world’s busiest terminals – London Heathrow Terminal 5.

With a high volume of connecting passengers in Terminal 5, ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ will be available to all travelers, regardless of airline, class of service or affinity membership. Priority Pass and Priority Pass Select Members are all welcome with their existing memberships, and those without membership can purchase day passes online or at lounge reception. Customers can pre-book three hours for £35 (approximately $54.00) at www.executivelounges.com, while walk-in access is available for £40 (approximately $62.00).

“As one of the world’s leading airports and home to 80 airlines, London Heathrow Airport is an ideal addition to our lounge network,†said Nancy Knipp, senior vice president of ALD. “We’re delighted to partner with Swissport to offer travelers an inclusive and innovative lounge experience at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. It’s an exciting time for ALD having grown from 3 airport lounges to 10 in just under three years and we are looking forward to announcing exciting new U.S. domestic locations in the coming months.â€

Shaun Weston, Travel Services Director, Swissport commented: “The opening of the first shared-use lounge in Terminal 5 gives us a presence in one of the world’s leading airport terminals, and the partnership with ALD and our operational expertise has delivered a world-class facility.â€

‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ is located in Terminal 5 near Gate A18 and is open daily from 5 a.m.  – 11 p.m. The lounge space is dominated by soaring windows on two sides giving dramatic runway views. An extensive British-inspired seasonal food and drink menu has been created which includes a wide range of complimentary as well as premium paid for options, changing throughout the day. The lounge also features rest pods, quiet areas, work areas and luxury spa treatments from Bliss, in the first spa Bliss has opened inside an airport.

“We’re pleased to welcome ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ to Terminal 5, which has been consistently awarded ‘Best Airport Terminal in the World,’†said Stephen Wilkinson, Heathrow’s Property Director. “With nearly 80 million passengers annually, we’re delighted to provide a new lounge experience for travelers with the opening of the Terminal’s very first independent lounge.â€

The addition marks ALD’s tenth airport lounge in its portfolio, which further illustrates its commitment to continued expansion to airports domestically and internationally as more and more airports review options for independent shared-use lounges. ALD continues to be the leader in shared-use airport lounge operations in the U.S. and has aggressive plans for growth in the coming months.

ALD’s nine other lounges include: The Club at CVG at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; The Club at DFW, located in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; The Club at LAS in Terminals 1 and 3 in Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport; The Club at SJC, located in Mineta San Jose International Airport; The Club at ATL, located in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport; The Club at PHX, located in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and The Club at SEA (concourse A ) and The Club at SEA (south satellite), both located at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).



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