No1 Lounge London Heathrow Review

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Lately, I’ve been jumping on the airport lounge bandwagon. I’ve visited a few, in different countries and it’s safe to say, I’m hooked. Getting away from large crowds, having free food and drinks, and enjoying a more relaxing atmosphere is worth the price. 

No1 Lounge London Heathrow Review

Recently, I had a 6-hour layover at London Heathrow so, I decided to research lounges. If you’ve been to Heathrow, you know that everyone sits in a general area until the gate is posted and I did not want to sit in the terminal for that long.  I was happy to find the No1 Lounge London Heathrow located in Terminal 3 because it was one of the only pay lounges available. Since I wasn’t flying on a business or first-class ticket like I did on Lufthansa to Frankfurt, I didn’t qualify for entry to the other lounges.  So, I made my booking online and hoped for the best. 

ACCESS

This lounge is strictly a pay lounge. You don’t need a special ticket, credit card, or status needed to enter. However, you do need money! The price for adults is 36£ online or 40£ at the door (~$47 – $52) and for children it’s 16£ online and 18£ at the door ( ~$21 – $23). The lounge is open from 4:30 am until 10:30 pm.

THE LOCATION

Located in Terminal 3, you’ll find the No1 lounge near the Lounge F corridor. It’s not hard to find because you’ll pass it on the way from security to the main waiting area, food court, and shopping center. There’s plenty of signage so look out for Lounge F.

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THE LOUNGE

The lounge is set up, almost, like a bar/restaurant. When you walk in, the bar is to your left and there are tables and chairs on your right. If you keep walking, there are more tables and chairs on the left and a couple of small tables with snacks and drinks in front of you. To the right, you’ll find big comfy chairs and a table with magazines and newspapers. Past that and around the corner sits the library, spa, a theatre, and private room.

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THE AMENITIES
  • Fully tended bar
  • Complimentary hot and cold food
  • Quality magazine titles and national papers
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Cinema
  • Guest showers
  • Dedicated table service in our bistro
  • Flight information screens
  • Power points
  • Self-service pantry table
THE FACILITIES

The lounge has shower rooms with towels, hairdryers, and toiletries available for guests. Non-lounge guests can access the showers for about $20. On another note, I was very impressed with the bathrooms because they were clean (and stayed clean), they were super modern and very user-friendly. There were plenty of products, from the spa no less, to wash your hands and moisturize.

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If you have enough time, I recommend booking a spa treatment. This facility offers everything from massages and facials to manicures and pedicures. Here’s a quick overview of the range of prices (approximate with exchange rate):

Massage: Low End: 25 minutes – 45GBP/65USD | High End: 140 minutes – 165 GBP/223USD

Facial: Low End: 10 minutes – Free consultation | High End: 55 minutes – 85GBP/115USD

Manicure: Low End: 40 minutes – 40GBP/55USD | High End: 70 minutes – 70GBP/95USD

Pedicure: Low End: 40 minutes – 45GBP/60USD | High End: 70 minutes – 75GBP/100USD

As you can see, there is a wide range of treatments to choose from and there’s something for almost every budget. I wish I hadn’t been alone on this trip because I would have had a spa treatment. Unfortunately, the lounge was packed and I wanted to make sure I had a seat the whole time so I skipped it. Kicking myself now!

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THE POD BEDROOM

For those that have a much longer layover, the NO1 Lounge London Heathrow has Pod Bedrooms for rent by the hour (3-hour minimum). The bedrooms are airside (inside security) which is great when it’s time to check out. Amenities include:

  • En-suite shower room & WC
  • Aromatherapy Associates toiletries
  • Hairdryer & shaver socket
  • 22″ flat screen TV
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Small desk area
  • Free international calls
  • Infant cots available

Prices are by the hour: Single (25GBP/33USD) Twin (35GBP/47USD), and Triple (40GBP/55USD) 

THE FOOD
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What I liked about this lounge over the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt was the bistro style setup. No buffets with mass-produced food sitting out for all to dig into. Here, you sit down at a table, comfy chair, or at the bar and order from the menu. It made the lounge feel a bit more upscale to me.
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THE GOOD

The best thing about this lounge was that it was away from the massive amounts of people in the terminal. I would have paid double (shh, don’t tell them) to stay away from those crowds. The other great thing was the booze! I think I had 3 glasses of wine with lunch. If you’ve been to London you know I got a killer deal in the lounge. No doubt, I would have paid more than the cost of entry on 3 glasses of wine in the terminal. 

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THE BAD

While I enjoyed the setup of the lounge and the bistro, I didn’t really enjoy the food. It looked pretty but it wasn’t the most appetizing. Luckily, the food and drinks (including alcohol) are included in the entrance fee. So, I was able to order a different dish that was more palatable. Okay, that’s harsh – my sandwich was actually quite good. 

 THE CONCLUSION

Would I book a spot in the No1 Lounge London Heathrow again? Yes, definitely. Even though it isn’t as nice as the business class or first-class lounges, it’s worth the money. Be sure to book your spot online and save a few bucks. Visit No1 Lounges at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, and Edinburgh airports.


Travel wtih Mia - No1 Lounge London Heathrow Review - Pin MeI hope you found my No1 Lounge London Heathrow review helpful! Have you been to this lounge or any other location? What was your experience? Have you been to any other lounges? Tell me about it in the comments!

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    • Sarah
    • September 22, 2017
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    Well that looks ridiculously fancy! Im jealous of the food. Comparing those pics to the picture in the regular terminal gave me serious anxiety haha.

    1. Reply

      Haha, Sarah, I felt the same way when I left the lounge! It was a madhouse out there. From now on, I’m budgeting for lounge access.

    • Lucy
    • September 22, 2017
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    Wow, this sounds amazing – especially the mention of a library! I had a 12 hour stop over in Manilla recently and would have killed for something like this! xx

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    No 1 consideration is the price, second the comfort. This lounge looks elegant and incomparable to those I’ve lounged in. Well, I’ve usually gone for the free ones and sometimes would just curl in a clean corner at the airport and put on eye mask and earplugs. I would usually end up feeling really tired. Now I can already spend a little bit extra for comfort and convenience. For a long layover in London, I might check this out.

  2. Reply

    i never heard of this lounge!! i was always roaming around the airport. Great info!!

    1. Reply

      It was a last minute find and I’m glad it was available. I’m usually roaming around the airport as well – spending money!

  3. Reply

    The place looks quite fancy for an airport lounge! could be easily mistaken for a 5 star buffet breakfast section 😛 Can’t see ourselves paying that much unless its a long layover

    1. Reply

      True, the $50 isn’t cheap but if you think about it, I was at the airport for 6 hours. I could have easily spent $50 on food and drinks in the terminal. At least the lounge was quieter and less hectic. It’s definitely not for everyone but for long layovers, it’s worth it.

    • Pia
    • September 23, 2017
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    I like the opportunity to take a shower. Especially, as I usually go straight back to work when I´m back from vacation. It would save so much time.

  4. Reply

    We’ve never actually considered going to an airport lounge, but after seeing your photos I am thinking about it for future travel. They look so much more relaxing than an uncomfortable seat somewhere in the middle of the airport.

  5. Reply

    It does sound lovely. Such a peaceful lounge away from the crowds. 🙂
    And it’s such a good idea to have a massage or a manicure while waiting. Never occurred to me that you can actually use the time you have for such purposes. I usually do a movie or some reading, but why not a spa treatment and a shower, nice! 🙂

    • Bec
    • September 23, 2017
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    That looks absolutely amazing and I am happy to see that you can take kids in there as well. There are plenty where we have been that we have not even considered as the girls are not able to go in with us. I love the showers as well. We always have one at Changi with our huge flights and I feel so good after it.
    If we ever have to go through Heathrow ever I will be remembering this! Thank you

  6. Reply

    YEAS …. I am alllllll about the lounges (even if it is a little expensive to gain access) when travelling international, skipping the crowds, being able to take a hot shower and enjoy food and drink in comfort (and style at No1 Lounge) is wonderful. Especially after a long haul flight. I’d be keen to try out one of those pod beds, they sound very cool.

  7. Reply

    Can you believe it? I’m such a cheapy that your article is the first insight I get from a lounge at the airport, despite the fact that I’m flying quite frequently!

    • Simon
    • September 24, 2017
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    If you have a long layover an airport lounge is definitely one of the better ways to get through it. I agree with what you said, the No1 Lounge London Heathrow is not a bad deal for the fees they charge. The cost of the additional services are not bad either.

    • Megan Jerrard
    • September 25, 2017
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    No1 Lounge London Heathrow sounds great – I love that it’s a pay lounge and you don’t need any special membership to gain access. Thanks for the tip about cheaper access by booking online. 36 pounds is cheap for the perks of 6 hours. And I love that they have a pod of bedrooms and a spa – definitely come in handy for freshening up inbetween those long haul journeys.

    Sad to hear that you weren’t a fan of the food – but if it’s included in the entrance price, still better than plastic airline food!

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    We’ve never heard of No1 Lounge before, probably because we never had to stay long enough at Heathrow airport. But if we’ll have to be in transit for more than a couple of hours next time, we’d probably consider going there. Can’t believe there’s even a spa! haha…

  9. Reply

    Although this Lounge looks cool and I love the amenities I just can’t get around the price. 36£ online or 40£ at the door ??? my gf Goga would start running the conversion numbers as she does to curb my spending and 40£ is about $80 Canadian. I’m simply not spending that type of coin. I do however love out Toronto Island airport airline Porter. Their Lounge is free. Obviously it doesn’t have all those amenities but it does have wifi, water, snacks coffee and tea for free!!!

  10. Reply

    The lounge looks so plush. For a moment I was confused if it was actually an airport hotel. Although, 36£ online or 40£ at the door seems to be a bit expensive for me. I am used to of spending at max 20 USD.

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