Comparing the Star Alliance Lounges at Heathrow T2

Since opening in 2014, Terminal 2 at London Heathrow has slowly become home to all the Star Alliance carriers using the airport. As such, the terminal has a host of airline lounges for the alliances premium passengers to use.

After four years of holding Star Alliance Gold status, it was due to expire at the end of November 2019. Therefore I booked a Star Alliance trip in order to go on one final tour of the lounges as an economy class traveller.

At the same time, I took a brief look over what each of the four lounges had to offer.

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Lufthansa Senator Lounge

Location: Terminal 2A
Entry Requirements: Business Class ticket (General Lounge), First Class ticket or Star Alliance Gold card (Senator)
Facilities: Hot buffet, free pour drinks/spirits, newspapers/magazines, business area, relaxation area.
My Thoughts:
Not one of my favourites initially! Although over the years it has grown on me. The Do&Co catering is very tasty, WiFi is a decent speed and features many comfortable chairs. The main downside is that it can get very crowded at times due to it being the only Star Alliance lounge catering for short haul flights.
Further Info: https://www.lufthansa.com/gb/en/lounges


United Club

Location: Terminal 2B
Entry Requirements: Business Class ticket, First Class ticket or Star Alliance Gold card. I’m also led to believe that paid entry is available for $59.
Facilities: Showers, hot buffet, cocktails, champagne, TV area, self serve coffee area.
My Thoughts:

The first Star Alliance lounge that I visited in T2, courtesy of being guested in by a friend! As such, I’ve always had a soft spot for this one. As the main bank of United Airlines flights depart in the morning, it can get a little busy between around 8-12. Despite this, it still has a decent number of seats meaning it doesn’t feel all that crowded.

The main feature of this lounge is the bar. A number of cocktails are offered, which goes well with the food options provided on the buffet. Although the buffet has reduced in size somewhat since my first visit all those years ago.

What is lacking from this lounge though is a dedicated business area.


Further Info: https://www.united.com/web/en-us/content/travel/airport/lounge/locations/default.aspx?POS=US


Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

Location: Terminal 2B
Entry Requirements:
Business Class ticket, First Class ticket or Star Alliance Gold card.
Facilities:
Hot buffet, bar, business centre, news stand, washrooms and shower facilities, day suites.
My Thoughts:

Much like the Lufthansa lounge, it took me a while to warm to this one. As with the United Club, most of the Air Canada flights depart in the morning, meaning this lounge can be a little busy until around lunch time. After this, it’s a pleasant area to wait.

Like all the other Star Alliance lounges in the terminal, a hot buffet is offered. In addition, there is a chef on hand to freshly make pancakes in the morning or panini for the lunch service. It also offers a bar, although the last time I visited, cocktails weren’t on offer.

One unique feature of this lounge is the day suites at the far end, consisting on segregated areas with loungers and tv’s.


Further Info: https://www.aircanada.com/uk/en/aco/home/fly/premium-services/maple-leaf-lounges/maple-leaf-lounge-details.html#/!lounge@heathrow_queens_terminal


Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

Location: Terminal 2B
Entry Requirements: Business Class ticket, First Class ticket or Star Alliance Gold card.
Facilities: Hot buffet, bar, cocktails, washrooms, business centre, showers.
My Thoughts:
A full review of this lounge can be found here:
Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, London Heathrow


Further Info: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/gb/plan-travel/local-promotions/heathrow-silverkris-lounge


United Airlines Arrivals Lounge

Location: Terminal 2 Arrivals hall
Entry Requirements:
United Airlines, Air Canada or South African Airways Business Class ticket or First Class ticket.
Facilities: Shower facilities, a la carte and buffet dining. Work stations, newspapers and clothes pressing services.
My Thoughts:
One that isn’t too well publicised. In fact the one and only time I visited, I knew nothing about it. I just happened to stumble across it by pure chance. It’s your typical arrivals lounge. Not overly big, has a number of showers and provides cooked breakfast.


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