This is my review of the new My Lounge in the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport.
My Lounge opened in July 2014, but as I hadn’t been through Gatwick since last Spring I hadn’t seen it before. It is situated immediately to your left as you turn into the corridor which ends in the No 1 Traveller lounge and which also contains the lift to the British Airways lounge.
The lounge is owned by No 1 Traveller. Whilst promoted as a new style of informal airport lounge, I have a feeling that the main reason it exists is to sweep up some of the overflow from the main No 1 lounge. This often runs to capacity and people with Priority Pass or Lounge Club passes are turned away. My Lounge gives them an alternative place to go.
The My Lounge look is best described as ‘industrial shabby chic’. The entire lounge is glass fronted so anyone passing can see the whole space – although you would only pass the lounge if you were on the way to one of the other lounges!
The ‘shabby chic’ ethos includes serving food and drink in cardboard bowls and cups and providing only wooden cutlery, which may be pushing it a bit too far for some!
These photos give a decent impression of how it looks:
and of course a football table:
In terms of price, it costs £16 for an adult and £10 for a child over two. This includes access to the premium security channel at Gatwick for advance bookers, which is now totally separated from the main departure area and genuinely feels private and secluded.
Priority Pass, Lounge Club and Airport Angel are also accepted.
If all you want is somewhere to relax for an hour, the cost saving over No 1 Traveller (RRP £25 although available for £20 via the current Avios offer) is probably fair. My Lounge was certainly calmer than No 1 Traveller last Monday morning. If you plan to eat, however, you would be better off in No 1 which has a far better food selection and a proper bar.
For clarity, if I wasn’t bothered about eating, I would prefer to spend an hour in My Lounge than in the desperately tired British Airways lounge upstairs.
Overall, I was impressed by My Lounge – it does the job it sets out to do and they have done well to differentiate it from the main No 1 Traveller lounge just a few metres away. You can book via the main No 1 Traveller website or via the My Lounge site.