Planning your dream holiday? Why not get things off to the best start and enjoy up to three hours of relaxation in an airport lounge? They’re not just for the rich and famous, in fact there are many affordable options out there. You’ll have a range of food and drink included, as well as plenty of things to keep you occupied. Some even have spa services! You can usually pre-book your lounge pass through us or pay on the door on the day you’re flying. So, to help you decide the best option for you, here’s my guide to seven of the best UK airport lounges.
1) Holideck Airport Lounge, Heathrow Airport
Located in Terminal 4, the Holideck is perfect for families as it’s conveniently split into three designated zones. Plane enthusiasts will love the fabulous observatory with panoramic views over the airport. There’s also a choice of bars offering free snacks and drinks and, to keep boredom at bay, there are music listening posts and television screens throughout.
2) Servisair 51 Lounge, East Midlands Airport
Dress smart/casual and you’ll fit in perfectly in the exclusive yet inviting atmosphere of the 51 Lounge. Take advantage of the free bar and enjoy a refreshing cocktail, helping you to relax before your flight. Take your pick from the great selection of snacks on offer and then grab one of the newspapers or magazines to fill your time nicely. Don’t forget to use the free Wi-Fi to keep your friends and family well-informed of your holiday excitement.
3) My Lounge Gatwick, Gatwick Airport
Relax with your family in this laid-back lounge featuring a games room with the latest games consoles and Macs. Handily situated close to the departure gates and with free Wi-Fi and plenty of power points, you can check in with family and friends online before you fly. Help yourself to food from the self-service kitchen; its superb menu includes fresh pancakes with a variety of toppings. Grab unlimited hot or cold drinks or even mix yourself a cocktail!
4) No1 Lounge, Heathrow Airport
Enjoy being in the lap of luxury without paying over the odds in the luxurious No1 Lounge. Let waiting staff serve you a freshly prepared meal from the bistro menu as you sit back and take in the fantastic runway views. There’s plenty to keep you entertained, such as family films in the mini-cinema with comfy beanbags, televisions, newspapers, magazines and free Wi-Fi. Book one of the bedrooms and take a nap before freshening up with a shower.
5) Aspire Executive Lounge, Luton Airport
Sink back into a comfortable armchair and take your pick from a wide variety of mouth-watering and complimentary hot or cold food options. If your holiday began at the crack of dawn, you might feel better for taking a nap in one of the state-of-the-art Snooze Pods. The best thing about this lounge is the Bliss Spa; turn up and book an express pampering treatment to get you in a relaxed holiday mood.
6) 1903 Lounge, Manchester Airport
This new lounge in Terminal 3 is just for adults looking to unwind in sophisticated surroundings. An eye-catching bar area offers a range of premium wines, beers and spirits, alongside fresh fruit juices, whilst on-site chefs prepare delicious meals for you to enjoy. Arrive for brunch and savour a British favourite, such as shepherd’s pie or steak and kidney pudding. Better still, a FastTrack security pass is included to get you through security as quick as possible.
7) The Upper Deck Lounge, Glasgow Airport
The relaxing atmosphere and range of entertainment will leave you wishing you had more time to spend in Glasgow Airport’s Upper Deck Lounge. Select a DVD to watch with your family or grab a magazine to catch up on showbiz gossip while the kids play on the games consoles. And, of course, there’s a great selection of drinks and snacks included in your entry price too.