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Review: the ‘refreshed’ British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

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This is my review of the British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport.

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

Late last year (2023), British Airways temporarily closed its lounge at Edinburgh Airport for a month for a soft refresh similar to what has been done at Heathrow with the Galleries Club Lounge at Terminal 5B. This is the first time BA has refreshed the lounge since it took over the space from bmi in 2013.

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

Whilst not a full rip-out-and-start again refurbishment, BA has replaced the soft furnishings in the lounge including armchairs and seats. It is based on BA’s ‘Futures’ lounge concept that you can see in the British Airways lounge in Rome, Geneva and other airports.

I was in Edinburgh to review the brand new W Hotel, review to follow, and thought I’d pop inside on my way home.

Where is the British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport?

The British Airways lounge is located opposite Gate 5, at the far end of the shopping precinct.  Turn left when exiting the duty free maze after security and you’ll eventually see it. You can’t miss the big blue entrance.

How can you get into the lounge?

The British Airways lounge at Edinburgh operates under standard BA lounge access rules.  This means you’ll get access if you are:

  • a Silver or Gold Executive Club member
  • travelling in Club Europe
  • connecting to a long-haul Club World or First flight at Heathrow

oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members also get access, if flying on British Airways or another oneworld airline.

You cannot get in by paying or by showing any lounge access card. For that you’d need to head to one of the Aspire lounges or the Edinburgh Plaza Premium lounge (review here).

Inside the British Airways Edinburgh lounge

To get into the lounge all you need to do is scan your boarding pass with one of the lounge attendants.

The British Airways Edinburgh lounge is triangular and fans out from the entrance. It is surprisingly big although it needs to be given the volume of flights and the number of travellers with status. On some flights to London City Airport virtually the entire flight is BA Silver or Gold!

I stayed for a good 2-3 hours in the early afternoon and found it busy but not overcrowded. It was busy enough that I wasn’t able to get very good photos of some areas because they were perpetually occupied.

First up is a high table and some dining tables:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

and

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

You’ll find two large coffee machines here, as well as a selection of biscuits:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

After this is the buffet area, which is conveniently located slap bang in the middle of the lounge.

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

The buffet itself hasn’t changed in the refurbishment, and the food is the same as you’d find at Heathrow. This means a beef curry, chicken and leek pie, mashed potato and spiced cauliflower and chicken:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

The cold selection included sandwiches:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

…. as well as two salads and some cheese:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

At some point in the afternoon, a choice of two different types of cakes was made available. No scones, though.

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

The drinks offering is good, with self- pour wines, beers and spirits, including Tanqueray gin, Ciroc vodka, Pimms and Don Julio tequilas.

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

There was a choice of 2-3 red and white wines each, as well as white and rose Bottega prosecco, with champagne on request:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

As we are in Scotland, the lounge also featured a larger range of whisky including Talisker Ridge (single malt), Copper Dog (blended), Johnnie Walker Red and Black Label, Lagavulin 16 year aged (single malt) and Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold (single malt):

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

The magazine racks, empty since covid, have been removed and replaced with a juice station:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

The lounge does, at least, have a long wall of windows at its far end which overlooks the car park (no runway views sadly):

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

and

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

There are some new work pods in a pleasing salmon colour:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

…. plus a smaller room off the main space that’s been set up for people with laptops:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

If you need to take a private call, there are also two booths with closing doors:

Review: British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport

This is a key selling point.  Lots of space and lots of variety.  Whether you want a desk to work at, a communal eating table or sofa style seating, you are going to be OK. 

Conclusion

Things have improved since the last time I was in the lounge, in late 2022, when the food selection was poor and no hot food was available at all.

Overall, I think the new furniture is very smart although the overall effect is obviously less strong than if the lounge had been fully refurbished. You can immediately tell that it is new furniture in an older structure, but it’s a definite improvement on what was there before.

Credit where credit is due, British Airways offers a range of wines and spirits on self-pour, something you won’t find at many other airlines. From my recent experience, Lufthansa and KLM both have staffed bars.

I do wish the hot food selection was a bit more inventive than pie and curry, which is what it is at Heathrow. Anyone who flies BA regularly will quickly tire of this offering and I made do with a slice of carrot cake and those delicious sweet chilli rice crackers.

Travelling from Edinburgh? Here are your airport lounge options ….

Edinburgh Airport now has a number of premium lounges to choose from, including several independent, airline-agnostic lounges. We have reviewed them all:

The No1 Lounge no longer exists and has been taken over by Plaza Premium.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2024)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit 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.

You also get access to Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

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If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four 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.

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HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 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.

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PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (38)

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  • LostAntipod says:

    i think the food is far less interesting than LHR actually – and it looks unchanged for several years, and is an especially depressing offering if you arrive between say 2pm and 5pm when most of it is gone.
    Anyway… it wont matter a jot if the roof falls in again after a bit of heavy rain….

  • Allan says:

    Also now the Original recipe Irn Bur in the fridges.

  • Erico1875 says:

    “How can you get into the lounge?
    The British Airways lounge at Edinburgh operates under standard BA lounge access rules. This means you’ll get access if you are:

    -a Silver or Gold Executive Club member
    -travelling in Club Europe
    -connecting to a long-haul Club World or First flight at Heathrow”

    Im Blue
    So could I get in on an economy ticket to LHR connecting on to a Long Haul Club World ticket , same PNR?
    I really grudge the Avios for that short connecting hop

    • Erico1875 says:

      Just realised, connections to LH CW are free. I was getting mixed up with Club Europe

    • lumma says:

      You should get in even on a separate ticket as long as the long haul section is in business or better.

      You wouldn’t get lounge access at Heathrow if you flew Club Europe from Edinburgh but then flew long haul in economy or premium

  • Charlie says:

    There is champagne available as long as you are wearing a kilt or a tartan skirt, and know the magic word.

  • His Holyness says:

    “Credit where credit is due, British Airways offers a range of wines and spirits on self-pour, something you won’t find at many other airlines. From my recent experience, Lufthansa and KLM both have staffed bars.“

    As is often the case, the Avios blog lacks knowledge on other carriers. All Frankfurt lounges are self-service the only exception being SEN B and the FCL/T.

    MUC is staffed at G24, H24 and L11.

    The purpose of the bars is not to limit consumption, as you can walk to another one to fill up your glass to the brim with gin, but to offer a wider variety of drinks, cocktails and for what BA only offers in the CCR- barista coffee. On that end, MUC K11 also has a coffee station. Not forgetting the exceptional SEN Cafe.
    FRA A26 Business Lounge also has a coffee bar, being the old FCL (it still has the baths).

    On a like for like basis of comparing a domestic UK lounge (of which BA only have two outside of London) and a Lufthansa domestic shows they’re all free pour.

    The food and drink in the MUC lounges wipes the floor with what BA offers, with no slop troughs and Where’s Wally chicken curry. There are even more gins, I counted 15 gins in SEN G24. Shock horror they’re not tied to whatever Diageo wants to flog and have small batch gin of the month.

  • Jimbo says:

    I’d bet the chairs on hard surfaces have no noise reduction cups on the feet. I’ve been asking for these for years in Glasgow. It’s truly nails on blackboard stuff. No excuse not to have them.

  • Stankpa says:

    The refurbishment hasn’t added a lot to look and feel of the lounge. I was disappointed when I first saw it. A few new or additional seats and that’s it.

    Champagne is available on request and served at your table same it is served in galleries club lounge at Heathrow.

  • Paul says:

    The furniture looks and is fiendishly uncomfortable – no doubt preparing your rear for the prospect of sitting on one of the seats on board.
    Was in the recently partly refurbished Glasgow lounge ( they Havnt painted but of it) which has also introduced these fiendishly uncomfortable seats but thankfully they left the whiskey snug alone!
    The same too at, Galleries north in T5 but the food has definitely improved there. Not sure about the Bottega partnership, their branding was on show in T5. Personally I find it gives me heartburn.

    The combination of numb bum and heart burn isn’t exactly what I asked for when completing my surveys!! He ho

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