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Review of the No 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport

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This is our review of No 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Comments (19)

  • Kingy says:

    Aspire Lounge….It was dire on my previous several visits flying LH Business.
    Can’t wait for the review. At least at BHX you can help yourself to drinks unlike MAN were its restricted by some grumpy bar person. (If they happen to be there and not on walkabout)
    I would never pay to get in either of them. Just saying 😉

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Strange never had any issues once I’m actually in the lounge did get turned away once as it was too busy but the Aspire is a decent lounge too

    • Kingy says:

      Interested to what food was on offer during your visits at BHX?
      Admit it is better at BHX.
      In MAN i witnessed the cleaning up guy tip a glass of tomato juice back into the jug!
      Complaint by email only got a standard response.
      Lots of holidaymakers were asking if any food would be available only to be told they ran out of Bacon and to apply by email for a refund.

  • Andy says:

    And I wonder how you gain access to the mezzanine level. There is a purple rope across it, DYKWIA

  • Dave says:

    Used the lounge pre flight to Mexico with TUI on 11th December 2017 . It was better than sitting in the main departure area and was fairly comfortable.The lounge was busy as it was the weekend of the heavy snow and many flights were delayed from the previous day. Tables were cleared soon after being vacated and staff were pleasant. The 1 dish per person is a bit tight as I ordered a bacon roll which tbh was small and only had 1 piece of bacon on it. We had access as part of our premium package with TUI , but I wouldn’t pay seperately for the privilege.