On Wednesday I reviewed the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2. On the same day, I also got the chance to review the other lounge in the main terminal – here is my review of the Aer Lingus Gold Circle lounge. Remember that British Airways Gold and Silver card members can access the Aer Lingus lounge when flying with Aer Lingus.
The Aer Lingus lounge is the complete opposite of the Plaza Premium lounge:
It is on the upper level (Plaza Premium is on the ground floor)
It is bathed with huge amounts of natural light and apron views (Plaza Premium has no natural light)
There is almost no food to eat (Plaza Premium has a huge buffet)
Drinks are self-service (Plaza Premium has a full, staffed, bar)
No champagne but prosecco is available (Plaza Premium has no champagne either)
Architecturally, it takes its cues from the old Terminal 1 lounge, particularly in the use of slate tiling on the walls. Here are a few shots:
Food and drink
All of the refreshments are on this counter. The food comprise cheese … and biscuits. There was also a pot of beef goulash. That is pretty much it – you don’t get a Plaza Premium-style hot and cold buffet here! I also took a shot of the drink selection.
If you are in the lounge on business, there is also a small meeting room you can use for free:
….. with a view over the apron:
All in all, this is a pleasant facility which is worth a visit – although you may want to eat elsewhere first!