Lounge Access Without a Boarding Pass in London

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    If you’re flying British Airways to/from Heathrow and you don’t have a premium cabin ticket or elite status, you’re going to be sitting at the gate dreaming of free tea and crumpets. That all changed this summer when independent lounge operators Airport Lounge Development (of The Club fame) and Swissport joined forces and opened Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5. The first independent lounge to open in Terminal 5, travelers can either use their Priority Pass to gain entrance or pay a fee to get in [(pre-book three hours for £35 (approximately $54.00) at www.executivelounges.com or snag walk-in access for £40 (approximately $62.00)]. I’ve been a big fan of The Club lounges in the US — in fact, my experience in PHX was truly impressive. While the prices are much higher overseas at Aspire, I still think it may be worth using if you have a long layover and need a place to relax in a more private, refined space. Here’s the food and drink menu: Morning Available from opening to 11:00am The Aspire Breakfast Roll Choose a fresh crusty roll and fill it with Cumberland Sausage Crispy Back Bacon Scrambled Egg Organic Yoghurts Strawberry Raspberry Apricot Natural Deluxe Granola Fresh Fruit Salad Juicy apple, orange, grape, melon and pineapple Selection of Cereals Freshly baked Danish pastries All Day Available from 11:00am until close Afternoon Tea for One or Two Help yourself to one of our two-tiered platters or create your own from: Sandwiches Pork Pies Scotch Eggs Victoria Sponge Cake Carrot Cake Chocolate Cake Sandwiches Tuna Mayonnaise & Cucumber Cheese & Onion Egg Mayonnaise Prawn Mayonnaise Ham, Cheese & Pickle Quiche Lorraine Hot Miniature Pies Beef and Ale Chicken and Tarragon Soup of the Day Pasta of the Day Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel British Cheese Board Cornish Brie Blue Stilton Red Leicester Cheddar Fresh Salads Mediterranean Pasta Moroccan Couscous Leaf Salad Coleslaw Potato Salad Sliced Cucumber Cherry Tomatoes Sliced Wiltshire Ham Sweet Treats Scones, clotted cream and jam Chocolate Cake Carrot Cake Victoria Sandwich Cake Double Chocolate Muffin Chocolate Muffin Blueberry Muffin Gluten Free Treats Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Flapjack Chocolate Brownie Hand Cooked Crisps Sea Salted Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt Red Leicester & Onion PREMIUM MEALS Steak & Guinness Pie – £6.99 Cheese & Onion Pie – £6.99 Fish Finger Sandwich – £6.99 Maple and Barbecue Glazed Salmon Fillet – £6.99 Welsh Lamb Shank – £9.99 Mushroom & Dolcelatte Risotto – £9.99 Complimentary Soft Drinks Simply help yourself to: Still / Sparkling Water Tonic / Slimline Tonic Water Ginger Ale Bitter Ale Soda Water Orange Juice Apple Juice Pineapple Juice Cranberry Juice Grapefruit Juice Tomato Juice Speciality Teas Freshly Brewed Coffee Please order at the bar: Coca Cola Diet Coke Lemonade Complimentary Alcoholic Drinks Order at the bar: Draught Birra Moretti London Pride Ale Guinness Continental Lagers Cambio 7 Sauvignon Blanc Conti Rossi Pinot Grigio Argento Malbec Rosé Saam Pinotage El Collectivo Malbec Coni Neri Prosecco Gordons Gin Belvedere Vodka Martell VS Cognac Dows Ruby Port Bacardi White Rum Martini Rosso Martini Extra Dry Baileys Irish Cream EXCLUSIVE Spey Whisky 12 year old single malt Chairmans Choice single malt Available to Purchase Order at the bar: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne – £34.99 ICONIC COCKTAILS Mai Tai – £5.99 Cosmopolitan – £5.99 Elderflower Collins – £5.99 Espresso Martini – £5.99 WINE FLIGHTS Sensational Sauvignon Blanc – £10.00 The French Affair – £10.00 Brave New World – £10.00 The Jet Set – £10.00 Full Press Release Below: AIRPORT LOUNGE DEVELOPMENT INC. EXPANDS ITS NETWORK INTERNATIONALLY WITH NEW FLAGSHIP LOUNGE AT LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTALD Partners with Swissport to Open First Independent Shared-Use Lounge in Terminal 5 DALLAS – August 4, 2015 – Airport Lounge Development Inc. (ALD), the leading independent shared-use lounge developer in the U.S., today announced the international expansion of its network and portfolio with a flagship lounge at London Heathrow: ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’. ALD will jointly own and operate the lounge with Swissport, one of the largest lounge operators in the world, and the leader in the UK market. While Collinson Group, the parent company of ALD, and Swissport have had a long standing partnership in other business areas this is the first formal joint venture and pairs the largest and most experienced U.S. operator of airport lounges with the UK’s largest and most experienced operator. This partnership combines experience and expertise to operate the first shared-use lounge at one of the world’s busiest terminals – London Heathrow Terminal 5. With a high volume of connecting passengers in Terminal 5, ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ will be available to all travelers, regardless of airline, class of service or affinity membership. Priority Pass and Priority Pass Select Members are all welcome with their existing memberships, and those without membership can purchase day passes online or at lounge reception. Customers can pre-book three hours for £35 (approximately $54.00) at www.executivelounges.com, while walk-in access is available for £40 (approximately $62.00). “As one of the world’s leading airports and home to 80 airlines, London Heathrow Airport is an ideal addition to our lounge network,” said Nancy Knipp, senior vice president of ALD. “We’re delighted to partner with Swissport to offer travelers an inclusive and innovative lounge experience at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. It’s an exciting time for ALD having grown from 3 airport lounges to 10 in just under three years and we are looking forward to announcing exciting new U.S. domestic locations in the coming months.” Shaun Weston, Travel Services Director, Swissport commented: “The opening of the first shared-use lounge in Terminal 5 gives us a presence in one of the world’s leading airport terminals, and the partnership with ALD and our operational expertise has delivered a world-class facility.” ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ is located in Terminal 5 near Gate A18 and is open daily from 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. The lounge space is dominated by soaring windows on two sides giving dramatic... The post Lounge Access Without a Boarding Pass in London appeared first on Fly&Dine.

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