Airport Lounges

London Gatwick Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (13 Lounges)

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 56 airlines on mainly leisure flight routes.

Gatwick North Terminal – Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic  operate all flights from the North terminal. Other airlines at North terminal include Air China, Emirates, Icelandair, Qatar Airways, TUI 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, Cathay Pacific, Flybe, LEVEL, Norwegian, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Vueling, Wizz Air and WOW Air.

Now, there are currently 13 airport lounges at Gatwick spread across the 2 terminals.

We’ll explain the access rules for each Gatwick lounge and give the lounge opening times and prices. To learn more about lounge access in general please see How To Get Airport Lounge Access – The Ultimate Guide

Gatwick lounges listed are marked by alliance and whether entry is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass or DragonPass programs.

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Gatwick Airport North Terminal Lounges

No1 Lounge North Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – An independent lounge from No1 Lounges, 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, hot/cold food menu, family room, library, newspapers/magazines and free WiFi.

Located after security, turn left and follow signs for the “Lounges”.

Guests pay from £32 for a 3 hour stay (£40 at the door). Free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders – who can both pay £5 to pre-book and guarantee lounge entry.

Access is also granted to Icelandair premium passengers. Open daily 0400-2200. You can book the No1 Lounge North Terminal here

Clubrooms (North) from No1 Lounges

[PAID] – A premium lounge facility from No1 Lounges.

The lounge includes stylish seating (partitioned rooms with a members-club feel), table service menu, a wide range of drinks (includes champagne), free WiFi and a selection of newspapers/magazines.

Paid access from £45 (£50 at the door) valid from 3 hours prior to your flight departure. Access includes Premium Security lane use. Located below the No1 Traveller lounge. Open daily 0530-2000 (summer), 0600-1500 (winter). You can book the No1 Clubrooms (Gatwick North) here

Clubrooms by No1 Lounges London Gatwick

My Lounge Gatwick North

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – This is a small lounge run by No1 Lounges.

It has an informal,contemporary 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 (£25 on-the-door), free for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. Located near the other lounges. Open daily 0500-1800 (summer), 0430-1400 (winter). You can book the MyLounge Gatwick here

Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick North

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – Compact but stylish 371m² lounge refurbished in 2018,  run as a joint venture between Swissport and Collinson Group (Priority Pass).

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It offers drinks and snacks, newspapers/magazines, comfy seating, business zone and free WiFi. Paid entrance for a 3-hour stay is from around £25 (£28 at the door), free access for Priority Pass holders.

Located after security on level 1 of the ‘Lounge Pavillion’, follow signs to Lounges). Open daily 0515-2145. You can book the Aspire Gatwick North here

Emirates Lounge

[PAID] – 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.

Paid access (US$100) is possible for economy passengers who are Skywards members.

Located past security, follow signs for Lounges.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

A large Clubhouse opened in 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,  complimentary a la carte menu, funky seating, Clubhouse Spa treatment rooms and kids play area.

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

The 670m² v-room lounge (next-door 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. Standard access costs from £20 for adults, £12 for children 2-11 and includes premium security lane. Standard Plus access (from £24) includes alcoholic drinks.

Sensory Room (North Terminal)

Not a lounge per se but a safe and calming space designed for passengers with “with autism, dementia and cognitive impairment”. It includes a chill-out zone to relax and an interactive zone with light and sound stimuli. Entrance is free, reserve a 45 minute session by visiting the special assistance reception.

See here for official London Gatwick terminal maps

Gatwick Airport South Terminal Lounges

British Airways Club 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)/First passengers,  BA Executive Club Gold/Silver card holders and Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (flying BA or Oneworld).

The Club Lounge has a split level (main floor + mezzanine) with the upper level usually quieter. It includes designer furniture and fittings, buffet area, coffee/tea station, showers (5), business area, free WiFi and a small kids zone. The

Located past security on the upper level past the Dixons shop. Open 0515-last departure.

British Airways First Lounge

[ONEWORLD] – The British Airways First Lounge is a separate area on the left side of the shared entrance and is available to First passengers, BA Executive Club Gold card holders and Oneworld Emerald members.

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. Open 0700-last departure.

No1 Lounge South Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – An independent lounge from No1 Lounges.

This newly refurbished 525m² lounge seats 185 people and features elegant seating areas, fully tended island bar, bistro (one menu option is free), newspapers/magazines, library and study room.

london gatwick airport lounge: no.1 traveller south terminal

It has great panoramic views of the runway and apron. Guests pay from £32 for a 3 hour stay (£40 at the door), free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. Those cardholders can pay £5 to pre-book and guarantee lounge entry.

Access also to Aer Lingus/Cathay Pacific/Croatia Airlines/Iberia/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 No1 Lounge South Terminal here

Note, it can be that Priority Pass members are turned away from the No1 Lounge during busy times. Priority Pass allows card holders to get a £15 credit at The Grain Store Café & Bar at the South terminal. This is a large café-restaurant with an extensive food and drinks menu. It is open 0400-2100 and is located one floor above the main shopping concourse. Note, LoungePass offers an all-day Grain Store (non-lounge) brunch package here

Clubrooms (South) from No1 Lounges

[PAID] – A premium lounge facility from No1 Lounges.

The lounge includes stylish seating (partitioned rooms with a members-club feel), table service menu, a wide range of drinks (includes champagne), free WiFi and a selection of newspapers/magazines.

Paid access from £45 (£50 at the door) valid from 3 hours prior to your flight departure. Access includes Premium Security lane use. Located on the upper level of the main departure lounge. Open daily 0530-2100. You can book the No1 Clubrooms (Gatwick South) here

My Lounge Gatwick South

[PAID] – The My Lounge Gatwick South opened in December 2018 and is operated by No1 Lounges.

It offers an informal, loft-style like ambiance. It includes a kitchen counter, self-service bar area, games room, newspapers/magazines, free WiFi and the only outer terrace at Gatwick.

Paid access is from £24 (£30 on-the-door). It is expected that free entry will be available for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. Open daily 0500-2000.

Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick South

[OPENING 2019] – Swissport and Collinson Group are set to open a Club Aspire lounge at Gatwick’s South terminal in early 2019.  The lounge will have 130 seats and will include a self-service buffet dining area, newspapers/magazines, workstations and views of the runway. Paid access will be available plus free entry to Priority Pass holders.

Regus Express Business Lounge

[PAID][DRAGONPASS] – Regus, the flexible office and workspace provider has a small Regus Express lounge at the arrivals area (outside security) 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 and DragonPass holders. Paid entry is also possible. Open 0700-1800 Mon-Fri. You can book the Regus Express Gatwick here

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London Gatwick Airport Lounges Summary

Gatwick Airport Lounges By Numbers:
13 Gatwick airport lounges
12 airside lounges
8 independent lounges
7 lounges Gatwick airport North terminal
6 lounges Gatwick airport South terminal
5 airline lounges
5 Priority Pass lounges
1 first class lounge 
1 arrivals lounge (outside/before security)

Gatwick Airport Lounges with Priority Pass: No1 Lounge North, No1 Lounge South, My Lounge North, My Lounge South (unconfirmed) and Club Aspire Lounge North. Priority Pass holders also get a £15 credit at The Grain Store Café & Bar (South).

Gatwick Airport Lounges with Diner’s Club card: No1 Lounge North, No1 Lounge South, My Lounge North, My Lounge South (unconfirmed) and Club Aspire Lounge North.

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 No1 Lounge South terminal when travelling with Croatia Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and Turkish Airlines.

Skyteam Elite Plus members at Gatwick also get access to No1 Lounge South terminal when flying Air Europa or China Airlines.

Is there a dress code at Gatwick airport lounges? Generally yes. For example, No1 Lounges require guests to wear “smart casual” clothing – sport shirts, track suits and revealing clothes/fancy dress are all forbidden.

Heathrow vs Gatwick: London Heathrow has 44 airport lounges compared to the 12 Gatwick airport lounges. Manchester has 10 airport lounges.

Last updated 10 Dec 2018 (to reflect opening of My Lounge South).

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