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Something is ‘up’ at the ART & LOUNGE airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4

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You may remember our recent review of the, frankly, bizarre ART & LOUNGE lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4.

This was originally the El Al lounge, King David, but the airline has handed it over to a very small independent lounge operator whilst still using it for its own passengers.  An immediate change was opening it up to Priority Pass and similar lounge club cards.

The Priority Pass website, however, no longer lists ART & LOUNGE.   On the ART & LOUNGE website, Heathrow is now showing as ‘Coming Soon’, despite having previously been open!

Hopefully the lounge is just closed for a refit in order to allow ART & LOUNGE to make their own mark on it.  In the meantime, Priority Pass holders in Terminal 4 are not short of options.  You have the SkyTeam lounge (review here) and the Plaza Premium lounge (review here).

Art & Lounge Heathrow Terminal 4 closed

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:

The Platinum Card from American Express

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

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.