This is our review of No 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport.
A few weeks ago we asked for your help in completing our collection of UK airport lounge reviews, which you can find on the ‘Favourites’ page here. HFP generally does not accept third-party reviews. There is zero chance of Rob or myself making it to most of the missing UK lounges, however, so we were happy to take some help here.
We currently have reviews of:
Heathrow: Club Millesime T5 Arrivals, British Airways Concorde Room T5, British Airways Galleries First T5, British Airways T5 Arrivals, Aspire T5, Plaza Premium T4, Etihad T4, SkyTeam T4, Qatar Airways T4, Cathay Pacific T3 (and video and video), American Airlines T3, British Airways Galleries T3, Club Aspire T3, Emirates T3, No 1 Lounges T3, Virgin Atlantic T3, Aer Lingus T2, Plaza Premium T2, Plaza Premium T2 #2, Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals, Lufthansa T2, Air Canada T2, United Airlines Business and First T2, Singapore Airlines T2 Gatwick: No 1 Traveller North, My Lounge North, My Lounge North #2, No 1 Lounges South, No 1 Lounges Clubrooms South London City: First Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video) London Luton: Aspire London Stansted: Escape London Southend: SkyLife Belfast: British Airways Bristol: AspirePlus Edinburgh: No 1 Lounges, British Airways, Aspire Leeds Bradford: Yorkshire Premier Liverpool: Aspire Lounge
(We’re not looking for further volunteers at the moment as a few people have offered to write pieces. Once those are in we will do a list of all the remaining gaps.)
Reader Rob kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the No 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport:
“The No 1 Lounge is located in the main departures terminal in Birmingham airport, directly opposite the exit from the security area. It’s well signposted and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main restaurant area.
Check in is within the lounge itself and they welcome customers flying in Business or Premium Classes with Aer Lingus, AA, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, IcelandAir, Monarch, Qatar Airways, Thomson Premium Club, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines and United.
If you’re a Caxton FX, Diners Club, Dragonpass, Hi-Life Diners Club, or Priority Pass customer, you’re also welcome, subject to space being available. It is also part of Lounge Club, which means that you can use your two free Amex Gold lounge passes here.
You can buy lounge access at reception or via their website in advance for £26, subject to availability. Due to their affiliation with package holiday airlines, the No 1 Lounge can get quite busy during peak seasons but there is good seating availability at most times.
If you want to guarantee your entry and hold membership with the schemes above, you can prebook your stay on the No 1 website for £5. The dress code is smart casual and there is a 3 hour, rarely enforced, time limit.
The lounge itself is chic in design, with a large dining area with ample room for couples and larger groups to sit and relax whilst enjoying the pleasant food offering of salads, fruit, cakes and tray bakes.
The staffed bar is well stocked with a number of premium spirits and wines, although if you’re after the fizzy stuff then you’ll have to purchase it yourself! There are also bean to cup tea and coffee machines, as well as post mix soft drinks machines.
As you progress inside the lounge the room opens up to host a large mezzanine floor for group seating, as well as plush seating with coffee tables. There is a business centre with PCs and various televisions with BBC News showing; as well as a small nook serving as a meeting area.
The lounge is extremely well staffed, with regular table clearances taking place and you never really have to wait too long to get served (usually less than a minute).
There is a “Complimentary Menu” on offer as can be seen in the picture. The food is of reasonable quality (I chose the Mac & Cheese and it was pretty tasty) and rotates on a quarterly basis. It’s one dish per person but if you’re still peckish you can purchase further dishes at the bar.
At Breakfast time, the salad table is replaced by a selection of continental breakfast items such as fruit salad, cereals and croissants.
The only issue with this lounge is that the bathrooms are located outside the lounge and are a short stroll from the lounge. Further to this, it was almost uncomfortably hot in the lounge on my last visit which may have been due to the large window facing the boarding gates.”
Thanks Rob. If you want to pre-book your visit to the No 1 Lounge at Birmingham, you can book on their website here.
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