Airport Lounges

Airports with Lounges

Airport lounges offer a peaceful and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the airport. It’s a chance to avoid the noise and the chaos and to enjoy some time relaxing, drinking, eating, working, and even napping.

In the following guide, we’ll look at some of the benefits of airport lounges while also discussing their fees, amenities, and everything else you need to know.

The table below shows which UK Airports have lounges:

AirportLoungeHours of Operation*Price per Adult*
AberdeenThe Northern Lights Executive Lounge4:00-18.00£45.00
BirminghamAspire Lounge4:30-20:30£25.99
BirminghamAspire Lounge (South)4:30-20:30£25.99
BirminghamEmirates LoungeVariesVaries
BirminghamNo1 Lounge5:00-21:00£34.00
Bristol AirportAspire Lounge04:00-20:00 daily£34.99
Cardiff Airport51° Executive Lounge03:30-18:00£29.99
HeathrowPlaza Premium T25:00-21:00£40.00
HeathrowClub Aspire T35:00-20:30£34.99
HeathrowPlaza Premium T45:00-22:00£41.85
HeathrowClub Aspire 55:00-21:00£20.00
East MidlandsEscape Lounge4:00-18:00£29.99
EdinburghAspire Lounge (Gate 16)4:30-20:00£40
EdinburghAspire Lounge (Gate 4)4:30-20:00£40
GatwickNo1 Lounge - North Terminal4:00-20:00£34
GatwickNo 1 Lounge - South Terminal4:00-20:00£34
GatwickMy Lounge - South Terminal4:00-20:00£30
GatwickThe Gateway Lounge - North Terminal4:00-21:00£27.99
GlasgowThe Lomond Lounge6:30-18:00£35
GlasgowUpper Deck Lounge5:00-20:30£25
Leeds BradfordThe Yorkshire Lounge5:00-17:00£26.95
Leeds BradfordWhite Rose Lounge5:00-20:00£31.95
Leeds BradfordThe 1432 Runway Club5:00-17:00£36.95
LiverpoolAspire Lounge5:00-20:00£31.99
LutonAspire Executive Lounge4:30-20:30£29.99
Manchester1903 Lounge4:00-18:30£50.99
ManchesterEscape Lounge4:00-18:30£27.99
NewcastleAspire Plus4:00-21:00£42.99
StanstedEscape Lounge4:00-19:00£30.99
Teesside InternationalThe Rockcliffe Lounge6:00-18:00£30

*Information correct at the time of writing (05/02/23). Charges may be greater if paid on arrival. Information provided for guidance only.

What are the Benefits of Airport Lounges?

There are a few reasons why you might want to consider using an airport lounge:

Get There Early and Relax

Travelling is stressful. You spend half the time worrying and half the time running from pillar to post. By the time you arrive at your destination, you’re fuelled solely by adrenaline, caffeine, and whiskey miniatures and you’re ready for bed.

With an airport lounge, you can take some time out to relax and enjoy the part of the journey that everyone hates.

Arrive a few hours early, head into the lounge, and spend your time eating, drinking, relaxing, and thinking about all the great things you’re going to see and do on your holiday.

Treat Yourself and Others

Lounges provide a VIP experience that can be just as enjoyable as a luxury hotel. It’s a great way to treat yourself and your fellow travellers.


If you’ve been in the air for a long time or you have taken multiple flights in recent days, you’ll be tired. The last thing you want to do is walk around duty-free shops for what will feel like the 100th time.

Instead, just head into the lounge, put your feet up, and relax. You can refresh yourself before your next flight and prevent burnout.


Do you have clients to contact, jobs to complete, and meetings to attend? Maybe you just have a few emails to send. Either way, you don’t want to sit in the middle of a busy airport as you juggle all of those jobs, and you probably don’t want to leave it until you land, either.

Instead, just head for the airport’s lounge and spend a few hours catching up. Not only will you get some much-needed peace and quiet but lounges also come with charging points for your laptops/devices, free WiFi, and more.

Airport Lounges in UK Airports

All of the UK’s biggest airports have lounges, and many of them have several. You can even find them in smaller locations.

Top Tips for Airport Lounges

To make sure you get the most out of airport lounges, check the following tips:

  • Check reward cards and membership schemes to see if you have free lounge access
  • Book online to save money
  • Check the rates of all available lounges, as some are much cheaper than others
  • Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the lounge
  • Save your appetite for the lounge, as they usually have complimentary food and drink
  • Don’t drink too much, as there are limits on alcohol consumption
  • Use the charging points to fully charge your devices
  • Ask about digital magazines/newspapers and see if you can download any for your trip
  • Check the times before you book, as lounges are rarely open 24/7.
Airport Lounges FAQs

Are Airport Lounges Worth it?

It depends on how you want to spend your time and whether you value the things on offer. If you only have half an hour to kill and would prefer to spend that time shopping, they are definitely not worth it. If you have at least 3 hours and don’t enjoy the noise and chaos of airports, they might be worth it.

Do I Need to Fly First Class to Access an Airport Lounge?

The majority of airport lounges are accessible to all paying guests. But there are some exceptions. Some lounges are only available to people who travel with certain airlines, such as British Airways and Emirates. Others are accessible through specific membership schemes.

Can You Sleep in an Airport Lounge?

It depends on the lounge, but most of the time, you will be allowed to rest and get forty winks. Some lounges even have private areas, along with showers.

Are Kids Allowed in Airport Lounges?

In most of them, yes, but there are exceptions. Some lounges are restricted to guests over the age of 12. There are also limits placed on group sizes, with many refusing to admit groups of more than 6 people. If you are travelling as part of a large family or a stag/hen party, be sure to check the rules in advance.

Do Airport Lounges Have Free Books and Magazines?

Yes, but these days most of the media found at airport lounges is digital. They often use services like PressReader to provide access to thousands of digital magazines and newspapers, and you can read and even download these at will.

Is Everything Free in Airport Lounges?

Not everything is free, but you will be given free food and drink. There are restrictions though, including a limit on how many alcoholic drinks you can consume. Airport lounges are not local pubs and they won’t let you sit down and consume round after round of drinks.