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Review: The Gateway by easyJet lounge at London Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal

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This is our review of The Gateway by easyJet lounge in the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport.

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

This lounge opened in 2014 when it was branded as My Lounge and had a hipster aesthetic, which extended to wooden cutlery and cardboard bowls. This was done to create a point of difference with No1 Lounge next door, which has the same ownership.

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

Towards the end of the pandemic, the lounge took an interesting shift. It became ‘The Gateway by easyJet’ and offers free entry to anyone on a fully flexible easyJet ticket. Other entry routes (cash, Priority Pass, DragonPass etc) remain. The second My Lounge at Gatwick South remains open under the original brand and is reviewed here.

All of the lounges at Gatwick North are in the same area, so follow the big ‘Lounges’ sign as you clear security and duty free. It is situated immediately to your left as you turn into the corridor which ends in the No1 Lounge.

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 / hipster’ ethos has softened over the years. Real cutlery, real plates and real glassware are now available and a few orange cushions purchased. The street art in the games room has been replaced by a beach scene. Apart from that, little has changed since the 2014 opening.

It is a small space so it only takes a few photos to give you a full overview.

The main feature is a 15 foot long wooden table with 12 or so yellow chairs around it. This is the best place to work. Standing behind it with my back to the window, you get a view of the buffet and the dining tables:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

Here’s a view from the buffet, looking towards the entrance:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

Whilst there are floor to ceiling windows, there is no view as you are looking directly back at the terminal. However, these chairs and tables are attractive. Each table has a letter as a base which spells out L-O-U-N-G-E (there may have been eight originally to spell ‘My Lounge’!):

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

At the back are a couple of sofas (not pictured as they were occupied) and two private rooms. One has a large leather sofa in it:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

It was marked ‘Reserved’ when I arrived and a family group took it later on. I am guessing it was held back for them after they booked a large number of slots.

Next door is a small room with table football:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

Food and drink at The Gateway lounge

Food was never a strong point here although what is available isn’t actually bad at all. Your options at breakfast are either a sausage / eggs / bacon / beans buffet:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

…. or croissants / mini muffins / fruit / yoghurt:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

There is a pancake machine but it was broken.

I was also there as breakfast morphed into lunch. There was a choice of a salad bar:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

…. and a mix of chicken or pasta with rice as hot items:

Review The Gateway by easyJet lounge London Gatwick Airport North Terminal

As well as the usual soft drinks and coffee machines, alchol options included a surprisingly varied selection of wine (nothing sparkling) plus standard spirits – Jim Beam, Bacardi, Famous Grouse, Beefeater etc.

One thing worth noting is that there is a major lack of plugs in the lounge. It’s all very well having huge wooden tables and leather sofas but they are not ideal for integrating electrical sockets. There are some scattered around but your options are limited.

Getting in

If you were planning to pay to visit The Gateway lounge, you should note that pricing is all over the place.

On the No1 Lounges website it is £32 (my 2015 review notes it was £16 …. lounge inflation has been steep).

Over at Holiday Extras it is £29 for two hours or £32 for three hours. However, click through to Holiday Extras via the easyJet site and you can pay £23 for two hours.

You can also get access via Priority Pass or other lounge club cards. You can pay £6 to pre-book The Gateway or the No1 Lounge next door if you want to ensure access. No1 is by far the bigger space but can be very chaotic. Even as The Gateway lounge got busier there were still plenty of seats, although it was turning away Priority Pass cardholders without reservations around 1pm.

Opening hours are currently 4am to 9pm.

Travelling from Gatwick North? Here are your lounge options….

Gatwick North Terminal has a number of premium lounges to choose from, including several independent, airline-agnostic lounges. We have reviewed them all:

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

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HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £24 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

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PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (35)

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  • lumma says:

    I remember this lounge being something like £12 if booked through Virgin Atlantic, which included Fast Track and a couple of hundred Virgin points. I think No1 was £24 but you got more points

    I definitely wouldn’t pay over £30 for it though

  • Richie says:

    I’d rather be at a window seat in Wagamama.

    • Gordon says:

      @Richie, I agree, Robs right, prices are all over the place. A breakfast in Wagamama is £13 for the below,

      No 162, The full english 13
      two sausages + rashers of bacon, with two eggs served fried, scrambled or tea-stained. accompanied by grilled tomato, katsu sweet potato, mixed mushrooms and a toasted hirata bun. served with sriracha ketchup + coriander. Served to your table!
      £32 pp is not feasible in my book.
      Even their main meals are around the £15 mark!

      If I didn’t have status with BA which allows me to use their lounges, Or have complementary dragon passes through Barclays I would definitely not entertain one of these lounges, With the pricing now and the difficulty in gaining access during busy periods if you don’t pay an additional £6.

      • BSI1978 says:

        “tea-stained” eggs…?!

        • Gordon says:

          Tea egg is a typical Chinese savory food commonly sold as a snack, in which a boiled egg is cracked slightly and then boiled again in tea, and sauce or spices. It is also known as marble egg because cracks in the egg shell create darkened lines with marble-like patterns.

          If that surprises you, You need to visit Thailand, Vietnam or Bali.!

      • Gordon says:

        Ahh yes, I’ve not sampled Balut It’s commonly served as street food, Also in Cambodia and Vietnam!

  • JohnTh says:

    Are the lounges usually busy late afternoons – 5pm? Not sure if worth prebooking on Dragon pass for a Tuesday.

    • david says:

      I would tentatively presume itll be fine at that time. 8-3pm is chockablock in my experience.

  • Sam says:

    Also had a notice stating it was the lounge for On The Beach customers when I passed it a couple of weeks ago, no idea if that’s all customers (doubt it) or for a specific promotion.

    • jjoohhnn says:

      They have radio advertising that you can get lounge access outbound if you book via them.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Nice to see the Gateway brand resurrected, brings back memories of a supermarket chain in the 80s. I seem to remember it replacing Woolco (was that anything to do with Woolworths?) at The Galleries in Washington and Carrefour (did many of these ever open in the UK?) at the Metrocentre. Then Asda bought most of them (at least in the north east) and I think the rest became Somerfield.

    Coming in 2024 The KwikSave lounge by Ryanair

    • Rob says:

      True. Bath had a Gateway in the (now demolished) shopping centre by the station when I went there for uni in 1989!

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        Bath is a lovely city, mostly nice buildings except for the one I stayed in (Hilton, now DT), was the shopping centre an eyesore like the Hilton or was it demolished for other reasons?

      • lumma says:

        Gateway became Somerfield and ended up owning Kwik Save too

    • Wally1976 says:

      There was a Carrefour in Telford which became an Asda.

  • david says:

    How far out or in can I pre book a Gatwick lounge?

  • GeoffreyB says:

    ‘industrial shabby chic’

    ‘shabby chic / hipster’ ethos

    No idea what any of this means.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Think the Crystal Maze industrial zone populated by man buns and tattoos

    • Rob says:

      Were you not living in a converted warehouse in East London like the rest of us in the late 90s / early 00s?

      • Gordon says:

        So Rhys has had second thought’s about taking people on a night out in Hackney! 😊
        I hope all went well last night Rob, And there’s not too many sore heads this morning!

      • Swifty says:

        I was raving in a warehouse then

  • Ross says:

    Re: pricing, noticed the easyjet link you mentions also has a 1 hour option for £18.99. How do they police over stays (Asking for a friend).

    • Rob says:

      They don’t.

      The reason I didn’t mention that is the bizarre wording. It implies you are only allowed in 1 hour before your flight departs. Except that easyJet want you at the gate 40 minutes before your flight departs. Factor in the long walks at Gatwick and you’d get 10 minutes in the lounge if it actually worked as described ….

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