In this London Gatwick airport lounges guide we will review every single lounge available to passengers at the airport – from airline and alliance lounges to independent paid-for entry lounges.
London Gatwick airport (IATA code: LGW) has 2 terminals – North and South – and is the second of London’s airports after Heathrow. It is in fact the busiest single runway airport in the world. Located some 45 km (28 miles) south of London, it is served by around 45 airlines on mainly leisure flight routes.
Now, there are currently 10 airport lounges at Gatwick. 2016/17 saw a major reconfiguration of lounges due to the 3 main airlines at Gatwick (Easyjet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic) each shifting terminals.
Gatwick North Terminal – Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic now operate all flights from the North terminal. Other airlines at North terminal include Emirates, Icelandair, Thomson and Westjet.
Gatwick South Terminal – All British Airways flights operate from the larger South terminal. Other airlines at South terminal include Aer Lingus, Air Europa, Air Transat, Monarch, Norwegian, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air and WOW Air.
We’ll explain the access rules for each Gatwick lounge. Lounges are marked by alliance and whether entry is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass program. Click here for a special 10% discount on annual Priority Pass membership which provides unlimited access to 4 Gatwick lounges as well as 1,000 other airport lounges worldwide.
Gatwick North Terminal Lounges
No.1 Lounge North Terminal [PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – An independent lounge from No.1 Traveller Group, one of its 4 Gatwick airport lounges. It also operates lounges at other UK airports. The Gatwick North No1 lounge is reasonably spacious at 930m². It features comfy seating areas, a fully-tended island bar, bistro (one menu option is free), family room, library and free WiFi. Located after security, turn left and follow signs for the “Lounges”. Guests pay from £28 for a 3 hour stay (£35 at the door), free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass holders. Access also to Icelandair premium passengers. Open daily 0400-2200. You can book the No.1 Traveller North Lounge here.
Clubrooms from No.1 Traveller [PAID][ONEWORLD] – Premium lounge facility from No.1 Traveller Group. Includes stylish seating, table service menu, wide range of drinks, free WiFi and a selection of newspapers/magazines. Paid access from £40 (£50 at the door) available from 1300. Located below the No1 Traveller lounge. Open daily 0700-2000.
My Lounge [PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – Small lounge run by No1 Traveller Group. It has an informal, coffee-shop like ambiance with sofas, chairs and tables. It offers a self-service bar area, snacks, games room, newspapers/magazines, study area and free WiFi. Paid access from £20, free for Priority Pass holders. Located near the other lounges. Open daily 0600-2000. You can book the MyLounge Gatwick here.
Aspire Lounge Gatwick North [PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – Compact but stylish lounge from Executive Lounges (Swissport) which offers drinks and snacks, newspapers/magazines, comfy seating and free WiFi. Paid entrance for a 3-hour stay is from around £20, free access for Priority Pass holders. Located after security, follow signs to Lounges. Open daily 0400-2145. You can book the Aspire Gatwick North here.
Emirates Lounge – The Gulf carrier has a 1,590m² lounge for premium passengers which seats 255. The spacious lounge includes a bar and buffet area, shower facilities and computer workstations. Access for first and business class Emirates passengers plus Emirates IO, Emirates Skywards Platinum/Gold members and Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One/Platinum/Gold flying on Emirates. Located past security, follow signs for Lounges.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – A large Clubhouse opened in early 2017 at the North terminal. The light and airy lounge has a relaxed vibe and features floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the airport. It also includes a marble bar, buffet area, funky seating, spa treatment rooms and kids zone. Access is for Virgin Upper Class passengers plus Guest List passengers, Flying Club Gold members and Delta SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum members (flying Virgin Atlantic). Located past security, follow signs for Lounges.
Virgin Holidays V-Room – Opened in early 2017, the compact V-Room lounge (nextdoor to the Virgin Clubhouse) is available as a paid extra to Virgin Holidays package customers. It offers complimentary food, soft drinks (alcohol charged extra), free WiFi, a children’s play area and gaming zone. Access costs from £20 for adults, £12 for children 2-11 and includes premium security lane.
See here for official London Gatwick terminal maps
Gatwick South Terminal Lounges
British Airways Club & First Lounge [ONEWORLD] – BA opened a new lounge complex at Gatwick South in early 2017 with seating for up to 477 passengers. The main British Airways Club Lounge is open to Club Europe/Club World (business class) passengers and Executive Club Silver card holders. It has a split level (main floor + mezzanine) and includes designer furniture and fittings, buffet area, coffee/tea station, showers (5), free WiFi and a small kids zone.
The British Airways First Lounge is a separate area on the left side of the shared entrance and is available to First passengers and Gold card holders. It has floor-to-ceiling windows offering decent apron and runway views, bar/dining area with buffet and menu options and a business centre. Note, showers are only available in the Club lounge.
No.1 Lounge South Terminal [PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – An independent lounge from No.1 Traveller Group. This newly refurbished 525m² lounge seats 185 people and features elegant seating areas, fully tended island bar, bistro (one menu option is free), sports lounge, library and study room. It has great panoramic views of the runway and apron. Guests pay from £28 for a 3 hour stay (£35 at the door), free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass holders. Access also to Aer Lingus/Air Europa/Norwegian/TAP Air Portugal/Turkish Airlines premium passengers. Located after security, follow signs to No1 Lounges, just past the Dixons shop. Open daily 0400-2200. You can book the No.1 Traveller South Lounge here.
Regus Express Business Lounge [PAID] – Regus, the flexible office and workspace provider has a small Regus Express lounge at the arrivals area of Gatwick South. It is adjacent to the Yotel Air hotel, accessible by lift to the lower level. The lounge contains comfy seats, workspaces and complimentary beverages. Also available at extra charge are breakfast snacks, meeting rooms (11) and showers (5 suites available, costs £12.50 for shower + 1 hour lounge access). Effectively it is the only arrivals lounge facility at London Gatwick. Basic lounge access is granted to Regus BusinessWorld members, paid entry is also possible. Open 0700-1800 Mon-Fri.
London Gatwick Airport Lounges Summary
Gatwick Airport Lounges By Numbers: 10 Gatwick airport lounges 6 independent lounges 4 Priority Pass lounges 3 airline lounges 1 arrivals lounge
Lounges at Gatwick accessible with Priority Pass or Diner’s Club card: No.1 Traveller Lounge North, No.1 Traveller Lounge South, My Lounge (North) and Aspire Lounge North. Priority Pass holders also get a £15 credit at the Grain Store Cafe & Bar (South).
There are no American Express lounges at London Gatwick. Amex Platinum card holders can get access via the Priority Pass program.
Star Alliance Gold members at London Gatwick can get access to No.1 Traveller lounges when travelling with TAP Air Portugal and Turkish Airlines. Skyteam Elite Plus members at Gatwick also get access to No.1 Traveller lounges when flying Air Europa.
Heathrow vs Gatwick: Heathrow has 42 airport lounges compared to the 10 Gatwick airport lounges.