This is my review of the Plaza Premium lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 2.
Full details of all of the Plaza Premium lounges at Heathrow are here.
EDIT: A more recent review of the Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 can be found here.
Ever since United Club left Priority Pass, this has been the only lounge option for Priority Pass and Lounge Club members in Terminal 2. I reviewed the lounge soon after it opened, and gave away some passes in a HfP competition, and I was very positive about it.
I’m pleased to say that very little has changed – in fact, as they now have real cutlery, things have got better.
The bar area is still very classy:
The alcohol situation has also been cleared up. It was confusing with different people getting different deals depending on how they got access. Alcoholic drinks (served from the bar, not self service) are now all free except for premium spirits, prosecco and champagne which is charged.
Given it was mid-afternoon on the Friday before half term, it was surprisingly quiet.
The food offering remains excellent and will be a wake-up call for anyone who things the British Airways Galleries Club lounges are the peak of lounge cuisine!
My other issues with the lounge are the lack of natural light (which they have dealt with by taking using dark Asian-themed materials and architectural styles) and the weak magazine and newspaper selection (which could be easily fixed). In general, though, it is an impressive facility.
If you don’t have access via Priority Pass or Lounge Club, you can buy access via the Plaza Premium website here.
Alternatively, if you apply for a free (in year on) American Express Gold card you will receive two free Lounge Club lounge passes which are also accepted here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 you get 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.