South Terminal, London Gatwick Airport
This is certainly a Priority Lounge which just about better than the South Terminal’s Aspire Lounge – but not by a huge margin!
Unlike my visit to the Aspire Club Lounge, the atmosphere was more subdued and professional.
October 2023 at 18:00.
The lounge is open daily from 06:00 to 21:00.
Unlike the Aspire Lounge, I was allowed access before the magic 3hrs. This was a good start,
If you a Priority Pass member you have access. If you are an American Express Platinum Card holder you also have access. I believe Dragon Pass and Lounge Key members also have access.
At around £35 per head, it is possible to buy access.
Seemingly, access is given away with booking holidays, with Purple Parking – and seemingly even when booking train tickets.
How to Get There
Once you’re done in Security, you’ll go down escalators and through the maze of duty free.
Once you’re out of the duty free maze, you should see some escalators up to the food court. Go up these escalators, and make a left. From here you’ll see sign posts to the No1 Lounge and/or the BA Lounge.
You’ll see the entrance to the lounge in front of you.
This lounge feels a bit bigger than the Aspire Lounge, and is fairly light and airy.
There is a mixture of causual seating with coffee tables.
There is a dining area near the bar, along with some supposedly reserved tables. Reserved for who I don’t know – nor do I know how you reserve a table?
There is a working area, which overlooks the airport. It’s not a bad area, but doesn’t have a printer! I’m sure there would be a charge to print too!
Additionally there is what is called a Library and Sports Bar. The Library appears to be somewhere to work from – but it had been commandeered by people not working.
Food and Drink
Drinks in this lounge were a mixture of self-serve and bar service.
Self-serve drinks are soft drinks, tea and coffee and some juices.
Drinks from the bar were house beers and wines. If you want anything other, such as Prosecco, Champagne, Spirits, etc – you’ll need to pay!
The ‘house beer’ was Estrella, so I wasn’t complaining – but if you want anything else it will cost you!
Food in this lounge is all self-service.
Salad stuff, some hot items, cheese, crackers donuts – the usual stuff was on offer. Nothing exceptional, but I guess reasonable for a Priority Lounge.
Wifi in lounge worked fine for me. In didn’t experience any problems.
There are no showers in this lounge! If there were, expect to pay!
This is an OK lounge and better than the Aspire. It’s very much the standard one may expect of a Priority Lounge – OK but nothing special.
The quality of the food whilst OK certainly is more of a snack than a decent meal – but again better than the Aspire…….. However, given that entry is priced at £35 a head – I would suggest £35/head is by far better invested in Nandos at Gatwick…..and you’re definitely get change!
This lounge wasn’t full of riffraff (unlike the Aspire), so was generally more enjoyable.
In conclusion, if you have access that gets you in – why not…… If you are debating paying £35/head for access – then I’d spend it in Nandos!