Review: No1 Lounge, London Heathrow – Terminal Three, United Kingdom
Independent airport lounges offer a much needed service when an airline alliance’s lounge is not available. The No1 Lounge group offer a series of lounges in the United Kingdom at London Heathrow, London Gatwick Airport North + South Terminals and Birmingham airports. We would visit their London Heathrow Lounge in Terminal Three for an experience through their lounge, showers and spa offerings.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Portugal, the United Kingdom (England and Norther Ireland) and Ireland. This trip was redeemed through American Airlines Advantage and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland via TAP Portugal and British Airways Business Class.
- A Positioning Flight: Air Canada Vancouver – Toronto
- TAP Portugal Business Class: Toronto – Lisbon
- Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa, Lisbon, Portugal
- The First Steps in the Hilly Capital City of Lisbon, Portugal
- Exploring the Turrets of Castelo del São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal
- The Seaside Town of Belem and the Jerónimos Monastery, Portugal
- The Lisbon Cathedral and Iberico Ham at Time Out Market, Lisbon, Portugal
- TAP Portugal Premium Business Lounge, Lisbon, Portugal
- TAP Portugal Business Class: Lisbon – London Heathrow
- Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge: London Heathrow Terminal Two
- The Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington, United Kingdom
- Walking Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, London, United Kingdom
- Churchill’s War Rooms & Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
- Touring the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
- De-Cyphering the Rosetta Stone and Camden Locks, London United Kingdom
- Day Tripping to Stonehenge, Salisbury, United Kingdom
- The Moxy London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
- The Plaza Premium Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal Two
- Aer Lingus: London Heathrow – Dublin
- Aloft Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
- Discovering Temple Bar District, Dublin, Ireland
- Calling on the Guiness Storehouse and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
- The Shertaon Athlone Hotel, Athlone, Ireland
- Drinking at Ireland’s Oldest Bar, Athlone, Ireland
- Hiking Along the Cliff’s of Moher, Ireland
- Crystal Springs Bed and Breakfast, Killarney, Ireland
- Circling The Skelling Islands and Driving the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
- Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland
- AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Experiencing the Tragedy of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- In the Shadows at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
- Terminal One T1 Lounge, Dublin Airport, Ireland
- British Airways Club Europe: Dublin – London Heathrow
- Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, London Heathrow
- No1 Lounge, London Heathrow
- British Airways Club World Business Class: London – Vancouver
Review: No1 Lounge, London Heathrow – Terminal Three, United Kingdom
There are lots of different lounge choices in London Heathrow Terminal Three that range from First Class options right down to pay per entry options. The first ones that come to mind are the excellent Cathay Pacific and Qantas London Lounges which are part of the One World Alliance. After arriving off of British Airways Club Europe Business Class Dublin – London, and for curiosity’s sake and for a little future reconnaissance, we stopped by the No 1 Lounge prior to heading out on British Airways Club World Business Class London – Vancouver.
The No1 Lounge is the independent airline lounge offering in London Heathrow Terminal Three that allows pay per entry and does not require an invitation from an air carrier in order to access it’s services. The No1 Lounge group is operating lounges at London Heathrow Terminal Three, London Gatwick and Birmingham airports in the United Kingdom.
Locating the No1 Lounge:
The No1 Lounge London Heathrow is located towards the back of the lounge precinct in London Heathrow’s Terminal Three. It’s located behind the Duty Free Zone at the “F” Lounge post.
The No1 Lounge has a dark entrance way in that it’s located at the end of a series of corridors, behind some fire doors and through some passage ways. It had an industrial feel to arriving to this space, which is in contrast to some of the other lounges that have elaborate entrances, grand staircases or other accents for beautiful spaces.
Accessing the No1 Lounge London Heathrow:
There are a variety of ways to get into the No1 Lounge London Heathrow:
If you belong to select lounge memberships that include:
- Priority Pass
- Lounge Key
- Dragon Pass
…you will be granted access along with the terms and conditions of your membership. Guest privileges under these programs depend on your membership level, so make sure you verify how many guests you’re allowed with your membership to avoid payment surprises at the counter or later on your credit card bill.
The No1 Lounge also accepts premium travellers from the following airlines:
- Air France
- Bamboo Airways
- Kenya Airways
- Middle East Airlines
- Royal Brunei Airlines
- Sri Lankan Airlines
While these carriers aren’t super common around London Heathrow Terminal Three, it’s nice that these passengers have an option when travelling on these airlines.
The lounge is also available for booking direct on it’s website. An advance cash purchase for three hours prior to your flight will cost £34 ($42 USD), with additional hours chargeable at £10 ($12 USD).
Our access today was granted courtesy of Priority Pass Select which we obtained through the American Express Platinum Card.
Inside the No1 Lounge:
Our visit to the No1 Lounge London Heathrow had us in the busiest lounge of travels. The lounge seating area occupied some British looking couches of stuffed British leather upholstered goodness against windows. Instead of lounges that typically offer individual leather chairs, most of the seating was communal and shared.
As I mentioned earlier, the lounge was quite busy. There were not a lot of options for places to sit. The lounge offered a variety of seating in an L shaped format.
By the entrance, the lounge pathways offered a combination of tables and chairs. This was adjacent to a full service bar.
Food and Beverage:
There was a separate dining area, where you could order off the menu. In addition to a buffet, there was also A La Carte ordering. The seating was both communal and separate tables. All the table service food appeared to be included without a separate charge.
Like the Plaza Premium Lounge London Heathrow Terminal Two, the drink offers at the No1 Lounge were on a limited complimentary basis with other options available on a paid basis.
The No1 Lounge also offered a spa service at the back of the lounge. These services were for payment. Although, I can’t imagine many people wanting an impromptu spa treatment in this chaotic environment while at the airport.
Of most interest to me, the No 1 Lounge had a fabulous magazine selection with GQ, Esquire, Time all available. I ended up picking of a copy of all three to satisfy my leisure readings amid my love of magazines.
We would spend a brief amount of time here before heading off on British Airways Club World Business Class London – Vancouver.
The Bottom Line: The No1 Lounge
The No1 Lounge London Heathrow was among the most crowded of the business lounges we had the opportunity to visit on this trip. Although it was busy, it was one of the more substantial places to get a meal inside the lounge. It also offered a terrific magazine selection, something that’s entertaining for some. While it wouldn’t be a first choice for me with the excellent Cathay Pacific and Qantas London Lounges around the corner, it would certainly be a necessary choice if I didn’t have access to the other available lounges at London Heathrow.