(Aspire has also just opened a second lounge in Birmingham which we reviewed here.)
The new No 1 facility is part of the Clubrooms brand. This means that it is NOT available on Priority Pass, Lounge Club etc. It is designed as a more exclusive space, designed in the style of a private club, with table service and a la carte dining. The lounge offers runway views. The only picture on the website is the one above, which doesn’t show much.
It will be interesting to see if Emirates decides to close its own lounge and use this instead, given its location near the Emirates gate. It must be expensive to run its own lounge for just two flights per day, seven hours apart.
You can book online here. It costs £35 per person booked in advance (£40 on the door) with inclusive champagne packages costing extra. Children under 12 are banned and there is a dress code.
Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here. You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here.
You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here. The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much. Additional visits are charged at £20 per person. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. No annual fee in Year 1. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course). The card has an annual 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.