(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.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 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.
The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list. Additional visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. There is no annual fee 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.