I often fly out of the North Terminal at Gatwick on British Airways to jet over to Nice for my trips to Monaco. It is worth noting that British Airways moved to the South Terminal in 2016, but whether you are flying British Airways or not, I thought it would be useful to compare the three Priority Pass lounges in Gatwick’s North Terminal with a short review about each lounge and to outline which is the best lounge in Gatwick North Terminal.
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Airport lounges are not exclusively for business travelers or prestige passengers of airlines. There are airport lounges at Gatwick Airport, which Economy travelers can enter for a small price or for free with a Priority or lounge pass. Adults and children are usually welcome so you can all escape to a calmer space.
The British Airways lounges are the best lounges at Gatwick Airport South Terminal. They make traveling out of this otherwise shabby terminal much more enjoyable. At North Terminal, if you don’t have access to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, there are also 3 lounges that you can access with your Priority Pass.
If you are flying in Economy or Premium Economy, you may not have lounge access, in which case, you can use a Priority Pass to access an airport lounge and escape the crowds at London Heathrow. The American Express Platinum and Centurion cards come with an unlimited Priority Pass (contact us via our concierge for a referral for extra free bonus points) or you can apply for a free Amex Gold Card, and you will get two free Lounge Club passes can be immediately used to get into these Priority Pass lounges to enjoy free drinks (including alcohol) and food.
The Priority Pass lounges you will find at Gatwick North Terminal are the Aspire lounge, My Lounge, and the No 1 Lounge, and the best of these lounges are outlined in more detail below.
1. No1 Gatwick Airport Lounge
No1 Gatwick is, in my opinion, the best of the three lounge options at Gatwick’s North Terminal. If you don’t hold a Priority Pass, it also comes in as the most pricy. You reach the No1 Gatwick Lounge by continuing to the end of the “lounge corridor” – you can’t miss it! The lounge is large and airy and has expansive views across the runways at Gatwick, which is lovely to look out over. This is the only lounge that supplies hot food options, a large selection of cold food options as well as a relaxing sofa area, a sofa area next to the windows (with a view), and a cafe-style seating area. You will also find an almost unlimited selection of magazines here. The only thing I don’t like about this lounge is the fact that it does not supply sparkling water or coke except out of a tap, which results in a very flat soft drink. Bathrooms are luxury, and there is also a Spa. Read our full review of No1 Gatwick Lounge.
2. Aspire Gatwick Airport Lounge
This lounge sits between the other two Gatwick Priority Pass lounges in size, luxury, food and drink offering, and also price (if you don’t have a Priority Pass). You reach this lounge by traveling down a few levels in the lift that also takes you to the British Airways lounge in Gatwick’s North Terminal. I like the fact that this lounge is more intimate and that you can get cans of coke and sparkling water out of bottles, but the magazine and food selection is limited, and there are no views from this lounge, so it comes in as my second choice when flying out of Gatwick’s North Terminal. Read our full review of Aspire Gatwick Lounge.
MyLounge Gatwick Airport Lounge
MyLounge is the most recently opened lounge and is located at the start of the “lounge corridor”. Again you cant miss the Starbucks look and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that lead into this lounge. The lounge itself is smaller than the other two and has no hot food. Even the cold food is rather limited to biscuits and basic snacks, but there is a huge variety of drinks. This lounge would always be my third choice. View our full review of MyLounge Gatwick.
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