Singapore Airlines bringing new SilverKris Lounge to London Heathrow in summer 2024

Singapore Airlines passengers can look forward to a £3.5 million refresh of the SilverKris Lounge at London Heathrow Airport, opening mid-2024.

Singapore Airlines has announced plans for a £3.5 million refresh of its SilverKris Lounge at London Heathrow Airport, which should open in summer 2024.  

This is part of an initiative to upgrade the airline’s overseas SilverKris Lounges, announced in its Q4 financial results last year. We’ve already seen the renovated lounge in Hong Kong reopen (though reports say it’s very similar to the previous facility), with Perth set to follow suit in Q1 2024 (having been delayed from its end-2023 target).

“Having continuously operated from the UK’s capital for over 50 years, London is an important premium market for Singapore Airlines. The renovation of the SilverKris Lounge at London Heathrow demonstrates our commitment to London and will deliver an enhanced experience to our customers once reopened.”

-GM UK & Ireland, Singapore Airlines

The London Heathrow SilverKris Lounge was last renovated in 2015 and is starting to show its age, so this is welcome news for passengers.

Singapore Airlines’ Heathrow SilverKris Lounge renovation

SilverKris Lounge London Heathrow | Photo: Live and Let’s Fly

In preparation for the renovations, the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge will close from 8 February 2024, with completion scheduled for “later in the summer”. 

Upon reopening, passengers can look forward to a new-look facility with:

  • 16% more seating space
  • An increased capacity of 242 guests (versus 208 currently)
  • “Enhanced facilities”
Bar area | Photo: Head for Points

The design will continue with the refreshed “Home Away from Home” concept by ONG&ONG that draws elements from the new flagship SilverKris Lounge in Singapore. This typically means separate spaces for working, dining and relaxing, with the look and feel of a posh living room.

As a reminder, here’s the other facilities that visitors to the London Heathrow SilverKris Lounge currently enjoy:

 First Class sectionBusiness Class section
Seating Capacity50158
BarNoYes
Productivity Pods6 pods10 pods
Meeting AreaNoYes
Children’s Play AreaNoYes
Private CovesYesNo
A la Carte DiningYesNo
BuffetYesYes
Showers2 showers4 showers

It’s safe to assume that popular features like the tended bar and a la carte dining (for Suites and First Class passengers) will remain, and the shower suites will get a similar refresh too. You can read a recent review of the SilverKris Lounge here. 

Alternative lounge arrangements

United Club, London Heathrow Airport

During the renovation period, Singapore Airlines First Class, Business Class, PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members will be directed to the United Club Lounge at Terminal 2B. This lounge is located opposite Gate B46, and just a short walk from the existing SilverKris Lounge. Opening hours are 5 a.m to 10 p.m daily. 

United Clubs in the USA aren’t much to get excited about (think trail mix and lukewarm cold cuts), but thankfully the one in London Heathrow is an exception.

United Club, London Heathrow Airport

This lounge serves up a very good buffet spread throughout the day, with an English breakfast and afternoon tea lending some local flavour. The drinks list features champagne, and an extensive range of made-to-order cocktails and wines (is this even United?).

And if it’s showers you’re after, the shower suites are suitably modern, with bath amenities from Gilchrist & Soames’ Zero% collection. 

United Club shower suite

Singapore Airlines passengers with lounge privileges are of course at liberty to visit the other Star Alliance lounges at Heathrow Terminal 2, but my opinion is that the United Club is much better.

LoungeLocation
Air Canada Maple Leaf LoungeT2B, between gates B44 and B46
Lufthansa Senator LoungeT2A, level 5 departure area
Lufthansa Business LoungeT2A, level 5 departure area

If you must lounge hop, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is probably the best of the rest, given its closer proximity to the SilverKris Lounge and the fact it offers champagne and showers. Don’t bother visiting the Lufthansa lounges, as these require a much longer walk, their F&B offerings are more in line with a domestic lounge, and they lack showers. 

Who gets access to the SilverKris Lounge?

SilverKris Lounge Manila | Photo: Live and Let’s Fly

As a reminder, here’s the access rules for Singapore Airlines’ overseas SilverKris Lounges.

Do note that when departing from Singapore, KrisFlyer Elite Gold and Velocity Platinum/Gold members travelling in Premium Economy or Economy Class only get access to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge.

Business Class section

  • Business Class passengers on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance flights
  • Premium Economy or Economy Class passengers on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance flights with PPS Club, KrisFlyer Elite Gold or Star Gold status
  • Premium Economy or Economy Class passengers on Singapore Airlines flights with Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum or Gold status

First Class section (where available)

  • First Class/Suites passengers on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance flights
  • Business, Premium Economy or Economy Class passengers on Singapore Airlines with Solitaire PPS Club status

Guest policy

Solitaire PPS Club, PPS Club, KrisFlyer Elite Gold, Star Gold and Velocity Platinum/Gold members may bring one guest into the lounge, provided he/she is departing on a same flight. 

Conclusion

SilverKris Lounge London Heathrow | Photo: Points Hacks

Singapore Airlines passengers flying from London Heathrow this summer can look forward to a new lounge experience, with the SilverKris Lounge going under the knife from early February.

During the renovation period, passengers will be diverted to the United Club, which arguably offers a much better experience than the existing SilverKris Lounge anyway (no doubt some were already doing this!).

We have yet to see any renders of how the new lounge will look, so let’s hope this will be a worthy facility for one of SIA’s most important routes.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Jem

Will business class passengers arriving in LHR on SQ flights be able to access the lounge?

Matrix.RX1

lounge on arrival with SQ is limited to First Class & Solitaire.

Boris

No.

Mark

Nothing offered for F customers during this time? I had a flight booked in early March and was looking forward to going to that part of the lounge

Andy

It will be interesting to see their definition of “summer 2024”. Hope it’s open by August, when I was looking forwards to experiencing the first class lounge for the first time ex-LHR. All those points and I could end up in United or Air Canada lounge?

Mal

I just flew on SQ319 last week — the United lounge closes their showers at 5:30pm daily, so might be an issue for those who are departing on the night flights. There are no alternative provisions either.

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