Airport Lounges

London Gatwick Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (12 Lounges)

In this London Gatwick airport lounges guide we will review every single lounge available to passengers at Gatwick airport – from airline and alliance lounges to independent paid-for entry lounges.

London Gatwick airport (IATA code: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) has 2 terminals – North and South – and is the second of London’s airports after Heathrow. Opened in 1958, 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 48 airlines on mainly leisure flight routes.

london gatwick airport views

Gatwick North Terminal – Airlines at North terminal include  Air China, Air Mauritius, Air Transat, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Icelandair, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia and Westjet. Note, Easyjet and TUI operate flights from both North and South terminals. The North terminal is 98,000m² in size.

london gatwick south terminal
London Gatwick South Terminal

Gatwick South Terminal – All British Airways flights operate from the larger South terminal. Other airlines at South terminal include Aer Lingus, Aegean, Air Arabia, Air Baltic, Air Europa, Air India, Air Malta, Aurigny, China Eastern, Corendon, Croatia Airlines, Eastern Airways, Iberia Express, Jet2, Norse Atlantic, Norwegian, Ryanair, SmartWings, SunExpress, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Vueling and Wizz Air. Easyjet and TUI operate flights from both North and South terminals.

The South terminal has an area of 160,000m².

london gatwick airport lounges signNow, there are currently 12 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.

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

Priority Pass offers the possibility of entry into 8 Gatwick lounges and 1400+ lounges worldwide. You can purchase a Priority Pass here with a 10% discount.

priority pass card and app

Just be aware that some lounges have been known to turn away Priority Pass or DragonPass members at peak times.

Let’s start our guide with the lounges at Gatwick North. If you wish to skip over, go directly to Gatwick South Lounges

Gatwick Airport North Terminal Lounges

There are currently 6 lounges at Gatwick North:

  • Plaza Premium Lounge Gatwick North [book]
  • No1 Lounge Gatwick North
  • Clubrooms Gatwick North
  • The Gateway by Easyjet & No1 Lounges at Gatwick North
  • Flight Lounge
  • Emirates Lounge at Gatwick North

Plaza Premium Lounge Gatwick North Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS][AMEX PLATINUM] – This is the former Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (originally opened in 2017 at the North terminal) which was changed to a Plaza Premium lounge facility in late 2021. It is large and spacious, spanning 1,350m² in area and has capacity for 190 guests.

plaza premium lounge london gatwick north
Plaza Premium lounge at London Gatwick North

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 and kids play area.

Access is granted to Priority Pass and DragonPass members, American Express Platinum card holders and paying customers (from £44 for 2 hours). Located past security, follow signs for Lounges.

Open daily 0500-2000. Book the Plaza Premium London Gatwick here

No1 Lounge Gatwick North Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – No1 Lounges was acquired by Collinson/Swissport in 2021.

The Gatwick North No1 lounge is reasonably large at 930m². It features comfy seating areas, a fully-tended island bar, hot/cold food menu, family room, newspapers/magazines, library and free WiFi.

no1 lounge london gatwick north
No1 Lounge London Gatwick North

It is located after security, turn left and follow signs for the “Airport Lounges” and pass through the glass double doors.

Guests pay from £36 for a 3 hour stay. Free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders who can both pay £6 to pre-book and guarantee lounge entry.

Access is also granted to Icelandair, Royal Air Maroc and TUI premium passengers. Open daily 0400-2200.

Clubrooms Gatwick North Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – A premium lounge facility from No1 Lounges. Children under 12 are not permitted.

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

clubrooms london gatwick north
Clubrooms London Gatwick North

Free access for Qatar Airways and Westjet premium passengers. Priority Pass and DragonPass holders need to pay a £15 additional charge for entry. Paid access from £45 valid from 3 hours prior to your flight departure – this includes Premium Security lane use.

Located below the No1 Lounge North. Open daily 0600-1530.

The Gateway by Easyjet & No1 Lounges at Gatwick North

[PAID][EASYJET FLEXI FARE][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – The former My Lounge at Gatwick North was rebranded in late 2021 as ‘The Gateway by Easyjet and No1 Lounges‘. This is the first branded lounge by budget airline Easyjet.

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.

the gateway easyjet no1 lounge gatwick north
The Gateway by Easyjet and No1 Lounges, London Gatwick North

Paid access from £29 (3 hours), free for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. Passengers flying on an Easyjet Flexi Fare also get complimentary access.

Located near the other lounges. Open daily 0400-2000.

Flight Lounge at Gatwick North

[PAID][DRAGONPASS] – This refurbished lounge opened in summer 2023 and is operated by the Flight Lounge Group. It occupies the 370m² space of the former Club Aspire Gatwick North which closed in 2021.

flight lounge gatwick north
Flight Lounge at London Gatwick North

It aims to cater mainly for family groups and offers complimentary food and drink, free WiFi, a soft play area, an air hockey table, bar area and various seating zones.

Paid entry (max 3 hour stay) is from £37 for adults, £18 for children aged 2-11. Free access is available to DragonPass members.

Located past security, follow signs for Lounges. Open daily 0400-2100.

Emirates Lounge at Gatwick North

[EMIRATES PAID ECONOMY/PREMIUM] – The Gulf carrier has the largest airline lounge spanning 1,590m² at Gatwick North for its premium passengers which seats 255.

emirates lounge london gatwick
Emirates Lounge London Gatwick

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 is possible for Emirates economy passengers – lounge entrance costs a hefty $125 (Skywards members), $155 (non-members) plus local taxes. At current exchange rates that is approximately £100 and £125 respectively.

Located past security, follow signs for Lounges. Open daily 0540-1335, 1625-2025.

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 or book online.

Here is a map published from Gatwick airport showing lounge locations at the North terminal. See here for official London Gatwick terminal maps

gatwick airport north terminal lounges map
London Gatwick North terminal – lounges map

Gatwick Airport South Terminal Lounges

There are currently 6 lounges at Gatwick South:

  • Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick South
  • No1 Lounge Gatwick South
  • Clubrooms Gatwick South
  • My Lounge Gatwick South
  • British Airways Club Lounge at Gatwick South
  • British Airways First Lounge at Gatwick South

Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick South

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – The Club Aspire Gatwick South lounge run by Collinson/Swissport Group opened in 2019. The compact lounge has 130 seats and includes a self-service buffet dining area, newspapers/magazines, workstations and views of the runway. There is a single shower room available.

club aspire lounge gatwick south
Club Aspire Lounge London Gatwick South

Paid access is from £32, free entry to Priority Pass holders.

Located past security on the upper level, follow the entrance between the WH Smith and Sunglasses Boutique stores.

club aspire lounge entrance at london gatwick south terminal
Entrance to Club Aspire London Gatwick South

Open daily 0600-1300.

Note: as mentioned, the Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick North was permanently closed in 2021.

No1 Lounge Gatwick South Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – No1 Lounges was acquired by Collinson/Swissport in 2021.

This 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.

no1 lounge london gatwick south
No1 Lounge London Gatwick South

It has great panoramic views of the runway and apron. Guests pay from £36 for a 3 hour stay, free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. Those cardholders can pay £6 to pre-book and guarantee lounge entry.

Access also to Aer Lingus/airBaltic/Air Europa/Air Malta/Croatia Airlines/TAP Air Portugal/Turkish Airlines premium passengers.

Located after security on the upper level, follow the signs to Lounges at the entrance next to JD Sports shop.

Entrance to No1 Lounge & Clubrooms at London Gatwick South
Entrance to No1 Lounge & Clubrooms at London Gatwick South

Open daily 0400-2100.

Clubrooms Gatwick South Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – A premium lounge facility from No1 Lounges. Children under 12 are not permitted.

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

clubrooms london gatwick south
Clubrooms London Gatwick South

Priority Pass and DragonPass holders need to pay a £15 additional charge for entry. Paid access from £45 valid from 3 hours prior to your flight departure. Access includes Premium Security lane use.

Located after security on the upper level, follow the signs to Lounges at the entrance next to JD Sports shop.

Open 0700-2000.

My Lounge Gatwick South Terminal

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – The My Lounge Gatwick South opened in 2018 and is operated by No1 Lounges, now part of Collinson/Swissport.

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

my lounge london gatwick south
My Lounge London Gatwick South

Paid access is from £30. Free entry is available for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders.

My Lounge Gatwick South is located past security on the upper level, take the signed passageway past the toilets.

my lounge entrance at london gatwick south
Entrance to My Lounge London Gatwick South

Opening hours are 0400-2000.

British Airways Club Lounge at Gatwick South

[ONEWORLD] – BA opened its lounge complex at Gatwick South in 2017 with seating for up to 477 passengers.

british airways club lounge gatwick south seating
BA Club Lounge Gatwick South – seating near the entrance

The main British Airways Club Lounge is open to Club Europe/Club World (business class) and First passengers. Access is also possible to BA Premier, BA Executive Club Gold/Silver card holders and Oneworld Emerald/Sapphire members flying BA or Oneworld. Those with elite status can bring one guest.

The Club Lounge is accessed on the right hand of the main entrance. It has a split level (main floor + mezzanine) with the upper level usually quieter.

british airways club lounge london gatwick south
BA Club Lounge Gatwick South – mezzanine level

It includes designer furniture and fittings, buffet area, coffee/tea station, showers (5), business area, free WiFi and a small kids zone. Parts of the lounge have floor-to-ceiling windows offering decent apron and runway views.

british airways club lounge gatwick south
BA Club Lounge Gatwick South – good airport views

We actually prefer the Gatwick Club lounge over the Galleries lounges at the busier Heathrow T5 where it can be difficult to find a vacant seat.

Located past security on the upper level, follow the signs to Lounges at the entrance next to JD Sports shop. Go right at the No1 Lounge and either take the stairs or lift to level 5.

Open 0500-2030 (Sun/Tue/Fri), 0500-1930 (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat).

British Airways First Lounge at Gatwick South

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

It has seating with runway views, bar/dining area with buffet and menu options and a business centre. Decor is similar to the Club lounge although being a First lounge the food and drink offering is of slightly higher quality. Note, showers are only available in the Club lounge.

Open 0500-2030 (Sun/Tue/Fri), 0500-1930 (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat).

Here is a map from Gatwick airport showing the South terminal lounges:

london gatwick south terminal lounges map
London Gatwick South terminal – lounges map

Signature Elite Class – VIP Terminal

There is a small VIP private aviation terminal at London Gatwick close to the South terminal. It is run by Signature Flight Support, which has one of the world’s largest network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs).

This is available to paying passengers (arriving or departing) on any airline who wish to bypass the main terminal.

The service includes check-in, security formalities, customs/immigration clearance and vehicle transfers to/from the aircraft. There are 3 small waiting lounges for passengers which have drinks, light snacks and newspapers/magazines.

Costs are not cheap at £660 for the lead passenger and £310 per additional passenger.

London Gatwick Airport Lounges Summary

Gatwick Airport Lounges By Numbers:
12 Gatwick airport lounges
9 independent lounges
8 Priority Pass lounges
8 DragonPass lounges
6 lounges Gatwick airport South terminal
5 lounges Gatwick airport North terminal
3 airline lounges
1 first class lounge
1 VIP terminal
0 arrival lounges

Which Gatwick Airport Lounges can be accessed with Priority Pass?

8 lounges – Plaza Premium Lounge Gatwick North, No1 Lounge North, Clubrooms Gatwick North, The Gateway (North), Club Aspire Lounge South, No1 Lounge South, Clubrooms Gatwick South and My Lounge South. Note, Clubrooms require an additional £15 supplement.

Priority Pass holders also get a £15 credit at The Grain Store Cafe & Bar (South) and Juniper & Co / The Breakfast Club / Tortilla (North).

Which Gatwick Airport Lounges can be accessed with DragonPass?

8 lounges – Plaza Premium Lounge Gatwick North, No1 Lounge North, Clubrooms Gatwick North, The Gateway (North), Flight Lounge Gatwick North, No1 Lounge South, Clubrooms Gatwick South and My Lounge South. Note, Clubrooms require an additional £15 supplement.

Discounts are available through the app at Nicholas Culpepper Pub and Dining / Shake Shack / Sonoma (North) and Giraffe / Joes Coffeehouse / Wonder Tree (South).

Which Gatwick Airport Lounges can be accessed with Diner’s Club card?

Club Aspire Lounge South is accessible with a Diner’s Club card.

Is there an American Express Lounge at London Gatwick?

No. There are no American Express branded lounges at London Gatwick. Amex Platinum/Centurion card holders can get direct access to the Plaza Premium Gatwick North or use their included Priority Pass program.

Which lounges can Star Alliance Gold members use at London Gatwick?

Access to No1 Lounge South terminal is available for Star Gold members when travelling with Aegean, Croatia Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and Turkish Airlines.

Which lounges can Skyteam Elite Plus members use at London Gatwick?

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

Is there an Arrivals lounge at London Gatwick?

There are no arrival lounges at London Gatwick airport.

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.

Also see London Heathrow airport lounges / Manchester airport lounges / Edinburgh Airport lounges

To learn more about lounge access in general please see How To Get Airport Lounge Access – The Ultimate Guide

  • Last updated 6 January 2024.
  • First published in 2016, the original complete guide to LGW lounges.
  • Links at AirTravelGenius.com may pay an affiliate commission. Lounge opening times can change, always check with the operator.

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