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 at Heathrow Terminal 2.
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!
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.