Seeing as the British Airways Galleries Lounge was packed and pretty warm, I decided to venture upstairs to check out the No. 1 Lounge which is a Priority Pass lounge. Of all the lounges I visited on this layover in London-Heathrow (LHR), the No. 1 Lounge was by far and away the most stylish.
The No. 1 Lounge is a Priority Pass lounge, which I had access to thanks to my American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card which comes with a complimentary Priority Pass membership. The No. 1 Lounge is also the contract lounge for premium passengers flying on Cathay Pacific, Finnair, MEA, Oman Air, Turkmenistan and Virgin Atlantic flights, so if you happen to be on one of these airlines in a premium cabin you would have complimentary access to this lounge as well.
If you do not have a Priority Pass membership, you can purchase access to the No. 1 Lounge for £36 (~$46) when booked online before you enter or £40 (~$51) when entry is purchased at the lounge.
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As I mentioned before, all of the lounges in Terminal 3 are located on the right hand side of a long corridor once you enter Terminal 3. Just past the American Airlines Admirals Club is a sign showing the three lounges located in that area – which included the No. 1 Lounge. While the British Airways Galleries Lounge is located on the main level, I had to take the elevator up to the second level to find the No. 1 Lounge. After exiting the elevator, I turned left and followed the signs to the entrance of the No. 1 Lounge.
Upon entering the lounge, I presented my Priority Pass card and was granted immediate entry. The lounge was quite crowded like the British Airways Galleries Lounge, so finding seating was an issue. Upon entering the lounge there was a fully stocked bar with seating to the left.
Across from the bar were some seating areas with high back chairs and dining tables.
Past the bar was a small buffet and dining area.
The buffet was quite small, though all of the food looked very fresh. There was a selection of salads and whole fruits.
Next to the healthier options were the desserts. Although I did not try the brownies, they seemed to be a HUGE hit as the entire tray of the brownies was nearly completely gone when I came back to grab a drink about 10 minutes after taking this picture.
That was followed by some pound cake and some freshly made scones with clotted cream and blackberry currant jam.
There was also a selection of fresh juices, soft drinks and bottled water.
While the buffet was pretty sparse, the No. 1 Lounge offers a made to order menu. Your access allows you one complimentary option from the following menu, which I was told changes regularly. I did not order anything as I wanted to review multiple lounges instead, but the food did look quite good.
Beyond the buffet was a large seating area that offered a large variety of seating styles, as well as couches for relaxing.
I ended up grabbing a seat by the window, which offered some great views but was pretty hot since the sun was streaming directly in to the lounge at that point in the day. The heat was worth it though since I am an aviation geek and views like this just make me happy.
After dropping my bags, I headed back into the labyrinth of hallways that lead to unique little areas throughout the lounge. There was a small area with a few Apple computers for use and some various seating.
There was also a small children’s play room with a television and some beanbag chairs.
One of the rooms was called the Library and featured some comfortable looking chairs and a small refrigerator with some drinks.
There was also a reserved area with a couch, a few chairs and tables and a computer on a desk. I am not sure who it was reserved for, but it looked like quite a neat area to spend some time.
Lastly, there was a corner area that featured hanging egg shaped chairs and overlooked a faux garden area.
This lounge also features a spa, showers and some day beds, though all three were booked completely solid when I was there so I was unable to get any pictures. The spa treatments started at £10 (~$13) and the day beds started at £20 (~$25) per hour, which seems quite expensive for a pod style bedroom.
I connected to the wifi which was pretty slow as the lounge was very full. The one thing that I did notice was that there seemed to be a complete lack of power plugs at this lounge. I also did not see a single international or USB style power plug at this lounge, so keep that in mind if you only have a U.S. style plug and need power for your devices.
I grabbed a quick bottle of water, watched the planes on the tarmac for a bit and then decided to go check out the Swissport Lounge next door in hopes that it was less crowded and a little cooler.
Although I thought the British Airways Galleries Lounge was quite stylish, the No. 1 Lounge blew it out of the water. The maze of smaller rooms offering unique and interesting seating options was something I have not seen in other lounges and was a welcomed change from the normal lounge experience. Although I did not try any of the food, it seemed to be a big hit and they were constantly refreshing options so I have to imagine most all of the options were relatively fresh. The views of the tarmac were pretty good as well, so overall this was probably my favorite of the 4 lounges I visited in Terminal 3 during my layover. The only downsides were that the lounge was incredibly crowded and that there were no international style power plugs available for use.
What is your favorite lounge at London-Heathrow (LHR)?