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I can now confirm that the first independent lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 is open! Even better, I have my own pictures of this exciting lounge for you to scroll through below. I have also written a detailed review of my personal experience of this paid for aspire priority pass lounge with details of the food & drink offering.

Why is “Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5” such an exciting opening?
Put simply, before today, if you were travelling on British Airways in economy or “World Traveller” / “Euro Traveller”, you could not access any airport lounge in Terminal 5. If you wanted lounge access you were forced to book British Airways Club Europe Or Club Word or First (Club Europe gives me access to the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge which I have reviewed).

Now I can travel in economy or “World Traveller” or “Euro Traveller” and access to the new Aspire Airport Lounge in Terminal 5 with my Priority Pass.

To get hold of a Priority Pass, you buy membership from PriorityPass.com, you can get an American Express Platinum card (which entitles you to 2 complementary Priority Passes), you can join Leaders Club Unlimited (which entitles you to 1 standard Priority Pass = 10 complementary lounge access passes per anum) or you can enjoy three hours in ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ for £35 when booked in advance at executivelounges.com or for £40 at reception on the day subject to availability.

Where is the new Aspire Airport Lounge?
Funnily enough I used to favour the coffee shop to the far right (when facing the planes) of the Terminal 5 departure area. When we travelled through terminal 5 a month ago I noticed that this area was blocked off and was under construction and it appears that they were busy building “Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5”. So go down on the escalators from security and walk as far as you can to your right (when facing the planes) and you can’t miss it!

What will you find in “Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5”?
The 4,000 sq ft lounge space is dominated by soaring windows on two sides (see picture above) gives guests dramatic runway views. There is a bar towards the end your left with a variety of seating including low cylindrical seats and half cylinder booths all in purple hues, as well as desk spaces compete with plugs for charging, complimentary high-speed WiFi and designated quiet zones.

An extensive British-inspired seasonal food and drink menu has been created which includes a wide range of complimentary as well as premium (chargeable) options, changing throughout the day. Guests can also enjoy a unique opportunity to sample Spey Whisky (see photo below), draught beer and a selection of wines on a complimentary basis or choose to pay for carefully selected ‘Wine Flights’, an innovative way to taste a variety of wines from different regions.

A highlight of the lounge is the ‘Bliss Spa at Aspire’ which is the award-winning beauty company’s first location in an airport. The specially designed travel spa menu includes a range of facials, manicures and pedicures available as refreshing 20 minute express, or luxurious 40 minute appointments guaranteed to deliver amazing results in a fun, positive environment. This includes an express version of the famous Bliss Spa Oxygen Blast facial, a 40 minute complexion reviver for bright, glowing skin and the Hot Cream Manicure for perfect nails.

To help guests relax before or during a long trip, state-of-the-art ‘rest pods’ can be found in the lounge that let guests recline back on specially engineered, reclining loungers, watch television and recharge in private so that they are rejuvenated for the journey ahead.

Will the launch of  “Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5” affect my airport choice?
I love travelling out of London Heathrow. I find its architecture and modern design inspiring, unlike the comparatively tatty Gatwick. This lounge will make Heathrow Terminal 5 my preferred London airport.

If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in my other airline reviews and airport lounge reviews.

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