The No1 Lounge in Gatwick’s Northern Terminal is more like a hotel lobby/restaurant than any other longe I’ve seen. It really stands out for its interior design. The lower ceiling, darker colors, and array of couches, seats, and fabrics are cozy and nothing like an airport. There’s a lot to be said for diversity in interior design, so having different rooms, tables, and seating to choose from makes for a more enjoyable experience. I accessed the lounge for free with Priority Pass, a perk of the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, whose $450 fee is nothing after the $300 travel credit, the TSA Pre-Check credit, and all of the free food I’ve enjoyed in lounges around the world (not to mention the many other perks).
It was a short visit, but an enjoyable one. This is the first lounge I’ve been in that has waiter service, meaning you can order free, small meals from the menu and have them brought to you anywhere in the lounge. Champagne and other alcoholic drinks were free and plenty, but we were in for a sober 8:00 am visit.
Note that in the Gatwick Southern Terminal you can visit the other No1 Lounge or get £15 per person to spend at the Grain Store Cafe and Bar. If you want to read other lounge reviews, check out Lou’s Reviews. There are plenty of stories of free international travel on the blog, too!
There’s a beautiful entrance that leads to at least two other lounges, one of which (My Lounge) you can access with Priority Pass. All look beautifully decorated. We were offered the opportunity to upgrade to the “VIP” lounge, which was adults-only, but it cost £15, which seemed pretty unnecessary.
More on the library soon.
The entrance to the lounge.
You’re first confronted by the bar, which is replete with just about every drink you could want– all free. Some were enjoying champagne, but it was a bit early for us. If you order food, you place the order with the bartender and a waiter will bring it to your table.
The seating area around the bar was pretty comfortable and not too crowded, though full.
The lounge/living area, with nice views of the tarmac.
A TV, which would probably be tough to watch around so many people but isn’t bad for the news with subtitles.
Free papers and magazines to read or take with you.
The view of the tarmac, a talking point for an AvGeek.
The “library,” which was basically just another room.
Comfortable and varied places to sit.
Solid workspace with plenty of outlets.
Pod chairs with good lighting.
Plenty of healthy options for yogurt and cereal.
The rest of the spread.
Douwe Egberts coffee machines (ubiquitous in Europe, never very tasty).
Hot oatmeal and cereal toppings.
For a free menu, this really wasn’t bad. I ordered simple toast.
Tasted good! Would have been hard to mess up, I guess.
Tons of privacy in the bathrooms.
Every stall has its own sink, etc.
Heading back to Amsterdam from London, nice view from the tarmac.
And that’s it! If you want to enjoy this type of experience, check out the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.