Review: No. 1 Lounge at London Gatwick North terminal

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This is my review of the No 1 Lounge at Gatwick airport, in the North Terminal.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

I was in Gatwick on Monday, taking a British Airways flight to Amsterdam.

The BA lounge facilities at Gatwick are a bit of a sorry state.  It used to be literally twice the size as BA originally had the ground floor as well as the first floor.  The current small lounge – almost embarrassingly small on the First Class side – hasn’t even had a ‘Galleries’ facelift and still trades as ‘Terraces’.

This is the entirety of the First Class lounge.  I was standing against the back wall and you can see the other wall at the far end.  It doesn’t get any wider at the top either!

British Airways First lounge Gatwick

I decided to give the No 1 Lounge downstairs a try.  I got access via the Priority Pass that comes with my American Express Platinum card (see my review).  You can also get in via the free Lounge Club passes that come with the American Express Gold card.  Or, of course, you could pay – but not on the door as its £30 ….

These pictures are not great.  They make the lounge appear dark, when actually it is incredibly light because of the huge windows – which is why my phone decided to compensate and make the pictures dark ….!

Here are the key points:

The lounge is very big as you can see (oldies will remember the size from when BA used this as its lounge)

There is huge amounts of light

There are lots of different seating areas

There is a spa (not pictured, not free)

There is a small cinema showing childrens films

There is also a small kids playroom with beanbags (not pictured)

There is a full length bar.  Not all drinks are free although, given it was early morning, I didn’t investigate too much.

Like the BA lounges at Gatwick, there is some cold food on a buffet with hot food available to order.  Your first hot dish is free with a £4 charge after that.  I wasn’t there long enough to order any food unfortunately.

No 1 Traveller Gatwick bar 1 review

No 1 Traveller Gatwick lounge 2 review

No 1 Traveller Gatwick lounge 5 review

No 1 Traveller Gatwick cinema 3 review

No 1 Traveller Gatwick cinema 4 review

No 1 Traveller Gatwick lounge 6 review

My pictures do not really do it justice.  I do recommend that you give it a try next time you are in Gatwick North even if you have BA lounge access as well!

I am especially keen to try it out with my kids as the main BA Terraces lounge did not have much to keep them occupied last time we were there.

No 1 Lounges is also in Gatwick South but I have not seen that one.  I should also say – to give a full picture – that there I have had numerous reports of HFP readers with a Priority Pass being refused access at busy times, as well as reports of the ‘3 hour maximum visit’ rule being enforced with staff asking passengers to leave.   (If your flight is delayed, you are allowed to stay beyond 3 hours on payment of an additional fee.)

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  1. Actually, for food options, I had the opposite experience. We were there for breakfast, and we were only allowed one free order of hot food, so we went for pancakes, which were clearly just microwaved from a packet. As hard as concrete. Tables were not cleaned, we had to clear the dishes ourselves. I had some cheese and biscuits, then left to go to the BA lounge. Much better food. Fruit salad was fresh, nice hot croissants and pain au chocolat. OK, the lounge furniture needs a bit of updating but at least it wasn’t grubby like the No.1 lounge.

  2. Waribai says:

    Yes, during the busy school holidays, the No. 1 lounge at LGW North gets packed. They do have ice though. There is a machine at the end of the drinks counter!

  3. There is a very good No. 1 lounge at BXH, we used it with our comp lounge club admissions via the Amex Gold charge card.
    Also, if you had and cancelled an Amex Gold keep the lounge club card, it is preloaded with 2 visits and doesn’t expire.

  4. Maximus says:

    I was in the LGW Terraces Lounge this morning. Admittedly early at 6.00am on a Sunday, but the lounge was very quiet, the food more than adequate and a good experienced overall.

    I suspect it is far less enjoyable at busy times and when we were leaving, it was starting to get busier.

  5. Col A-B says:

    Looks like No 1 Traveller is expanding (downwards?) which will hopefully help alleviate pressure on the original LGWN lounge.

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