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The No1 Gatwick South Terminal Lounge: An Inside Look

In March 2016, No1 Lounges launched their new and improved airport oasis in London Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. This 5,640 square foot space, with a maximum capacity of 185 passengers, features numerous stylish seatings areas, as well as a Sports Lounge, island bar, library, bistro, and meeting room. The lounge is a major improvement over the previous iteration of the lounge, which is a pretty big deal, considering that the previous incarnation was already a highly acclaimed lounge.

Phil Cameron, the proud Founder and CEO of No1 Lounges, had this to say on the occasion of the launch:

“As we continue to expand our footprint at the UK’S second busiest airport, I'm delighted to introduce our new-look Gatwick South Terminal lounge. The launch comes after the closure of our original lounge, which first opened its doors in the South Terminal seven year ago.

Designed in the spirit of the Jet-set age, the new space is 30% bigger than the former facility and boasts unrivalled panoramic runway views, an elegant island bar, spacious bistro, Sports Lounge, library, snug, and study.

The team have worked tirelessly to get the space ready for today’s launch and I’d like to personally thank everyone involved.”


Breakout lounge seating area with excellent views of the runway.

Background

No1 Lounges, previously branded as No. 1 Traveller, is a pre-flight hospitality specialist that provides a range of premium airport services that can be utilized by anyone, regardless of airline or class of ticket.

In recent years, No1 has received a number of impressive accolades, including ‘One To Watch’ status in The Sunday Times “Best Companies To Work For” 2016 list. It was also identified as one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies to watch in City AM’s Leap 100 and has received CoolBrand status for four consecutive years. Once you try out one of their services, you’ll certainly understand why they’ve been winning so much in recent years.

The most prominent of No1’s airport services is their award-winning collection of lounges in airports across the UK, including London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick (North, South, My Lounge), Birmingham, and Edinburgh.


Sit back and watch the planes land in the window lounge.


It’s hard to find a more comforting and soothing atmosphere in the airport.

Purchase Access

Are you prepared for a fantastic airport lounge experience? Book access to the No1 Lounge in Gatwick’s South Terminal on our web portal. If you’re already at the airport, and you’re looking to visit within an hour, tap “Access Now”. Otherwise, tap “Access Later” to book your visit up to 3 weeks in advance. You can also book access to this lounge, as well as a number of other No1 Lounges throughout the UK through the LoungeBuddy App.

Location

The No1 Gatwick South Terminal lounge is located after security. The easiest way to find your way there would be following the lead of the signs. On the upper level of the post-security departure area, you’ll find a Dixons Travel store and a JD Sports retail location. Sandwiched between these two locations is the corridor that will take you there. The No1 Gatwick Lounge is open every day of the week from 4 in the morning all the way to 10 at night, comfortably covering the majority of flights departing from the terminal.

Lounge Overview

Simply take the lift or the stairs up one level at the end of the corridor, and you’ve made it to the front entrance. From this vantage point, it’s relatively easy to get a good idea of where everything is located. Peer over to your left and directly forward, and you’ll find large windows that provide unparalled views of the runway. The bistro is just a quick hop over to the right, and the fully tendered island bar with surrounding seating is centrally located. Seating areas are spread throughout this light and airy space, with ideal seating arrangements for groups and solo travellers alike.


Group seating in the brightest corner of the room.

If you’ve got a lot of work to catch up on, head on to the quiet library area, which is located past the bistro area from the front entrance. A study area is also available in the very back corner, located diagonally across from the entrance. If you need a guest computer to work on, they are available next to the entrance and in this study area. Power points and unlimited Wi-Fi, two of the most highly requested lounge features for modern day travelers, are available throughout the lounge.


The Sports Lounge in the back is made for relaxation.

If you don’t have a lot of work to catch up on, head on over next door to the Sports Lounge, where you can catch up on English Premier League football. Another form of entertainment, print media in the form of quality magazine titles and national papers, is available in two distinct media stations. These stations are located close to the entrance and across from the island bar in the center. Located along the back corridor with the library and Sports Lounge, you’ll find restrooms for men and women, as well as a separate handicap accessible WC.


A sampling of some of the magazines that you can expect in the lounge.

Design

The lounge’s unique, contemporary design is the result of a collaboration between No1’s in-house design team and Inside Out Architecture. Led by Head of Brand Fraser Norton, Inside Out Architecture has certainly made their mark on the lounge’s atmosphere inside and out. Gariff Construction completed the fit out and joinery (woodwork), and The Contract Chair Company supplied the furniture. Here are some photos from the construction process:


Overview of the lounge, looking out to the window lounge area from the bistro.


Another overview of the lounge with more of the parts in place, looking out to the window lounge area from the bistro.


Getting the Island Bar ready for showtime.

And here are the after shots. Pretty significant change, isn’t it?


View from the touchdown seats. The bar and bistro are to the right.


Order a cocktail or two at the Island Bar, located centrally in the middle of the room.

Fiat Lux

The lights are shining on you at the No1 Gatwick lounge. In the library and study area, for example, you’ll find special wall reading lights (Birdy wall light by Northern Lighting), a library table light hanging from above (Kernel Pendant by Bert Frank), and a study table light (Kernel table light, also by Bert Frank).

Head on over to the bar area, and you’ll find bar wall lights (Voyager by Allied Maker) bringing in the just right amount of illumination. In the bistro/window lounge areas, you’ll find bistro table lights (Mirror Ball Fold by Tom Dixon) and lounge table lights (Hareford Globe Light by Fritz Flyer), respectively.


These are some of the lights that you can find inside the lounge.

The Bistro

The dedicated bistro area caters to the discerning tastes of the sophisticated modern jetsetter. In an increasingly cosmopolitan era for air travel, it’s no surprise that you’ll discover a diverse palette with something for everyone from vegetarians to fruitarians to ovo-lacto vegetarians.

In a time when consumers are becoming more interested in where their food comes from, the No1 lounge utilizes organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Designed exclusively for No1 Lounges, the menu includes special made-to-order hot and cold dishes (with dedicated table service included in the bistro!), along with a self serve pantry with cakes, pastries, and snacks. One complimentary menu option is included with the entry fee, and subsequent orders are available for payment.


Tasty self serve and menu food options are available.

The food prep area is located right next to the upper bistro seating area, so you’ll get your food quickly - talk about excellent design. Here are the food and beverage options that you can choose from (menu subject to change).

BISTRO MENU

All day

Bacon roll
Fish finger sandwich
Beans on toast (gluten-free on request)(v)

Before 11am

Poached egg pot (v)

After 11am

Soup of the day
Beef stew
Black-eyed bean & sweet potato chilli (v)
No 1 Caesar salad
Squash & quinoa salad
Cheese plate (gluten-free on request)(v)

PANTRY TABLE

Before 11am

Breakfast cereals
Croissants & pain au chocolat
Fruit salad
Yoghurt or porridge with toppings
Cheese

After 11am

Chocolate brownie
Gluten-free caramel shortbread
Flapjack
Plum and pear cake
Chocolate orange marble loaf cake

(v) = Vegetarian

Some dishes may contain traces of nuts. If you have any other special dietary requirements or allergies, be sure to bring this up with the lounge staff, and they’ll do their best to cater to your needs.


A delicious and healthful bespoke salad with feta, tomatoes, and quinoa.


Selection of pastries during breakfast time.

The pastries that we mentioned above, including the pain au chocolat and croissants, are prepared and handmade by the London Bakery. Founded in 2003 and based on Knightsbridge, the London Bakery uses the best quality English and French flour to create and supply artisan breads and pastries to some of the most exclusive hotels, restaurants, caterers, and airport lounges in the London area.

The cakes, also handmade, are prepared by More Food of Chichester, West Sussex, a family run bakery specializing in delicious, premium quality cakes and treats. More Food makes most of the upper ranges in supermarkets, as well as cakes for Pret.

If that’s not enough acclaim to make Chichester proud, the lounge’s fresh produce supplier is Munneries, a highly respected family run procurement business that has been ensuring consistently high standards of quality for almost a century.

The bespoke salads are put together by a group of chefs from Ginger’s Kitchen, which also prepares salads and ready meals for Whole Foods Market, among other grocers. Ginger’s Kitchen produces delicious hand-cooked meals using ethically sourced ingredients, making food the way it should always be. Chalk up another one for West Sussex.


Sample the high end bistro menu options in the lower bistro seating area.

Beverage Bounty

If you’re looking to quench your thirst, the island bar is stocked full with wine, draught and bottled beers, and premium spirits for your imbibing pleasure.


There’s no better place to relax and unwind before your flight.

For those looking to complete their dining and wining experience, the No1 Lounge has a number of great wines on hand, including the following:

WINES

White

Luccello Pinot Grigio
Tariquet Classic White

Red

Real Rubio Rioja
Tariquet Domaine du Mage

Rose

Yellow Tail Sparkling Rose

The Tariquet Classic White is a well-established and highly respected, and most importantly, exclusive wine brand stocked only by No1 and the Savoy in the UK. The Real Rubio Rioja, another fine selection, comes from a winery with an impressive pedigree: 100 years of wine making from the Monte Yerga region in Spain.

Some of the spirits that you can expect to find on hand are premium whisky brands like Macallan and Aberfeldy. Another special offering is Koniks Tail’s Premium Polish Vodka, blended from spelt grain, rye, and winter wheat. Like No1 Lounges, Koniks Tail is a part of the CoolBrands winners’ club. If you’re passionate about gin, you may want to try Langley’s Gin, a lovingly crafted, understated English gin for the discerning gin enthusiast.

Finally, if you’re visiting the lounge partially or fully for the beer selection, you won’t be disappointed. Quite a few of the beers are locally sourced, including Meantime’s London Pale Ale, Chapel Down’s Curious Brew from nearby Tenterden, Kent, and Weston’s Stowford Press Cider. Here are some of the other options available:

BEER

Draught and Bottles

Estrella (draught)
Sol
Tiger

*Non-alcoholic beer available on request

CIDER

Magners
Magners Pear

Champagne and prosecco is also available for an additional fee.

If your preference is for something non-alcoholic, you can choose from a wide selection of soft drinks, juices, coffees, and teas.

The coffee in the lounge is made from 100% Arabica beans, which come from some of the world’s ideal coffee growing regions: Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Ethiopia. It’s grown above 1600 metres, and the lower concentration of oxygen at these higher altitudes ensures slower growth. Why is this an advantage? Well, slower growth in this case helps to produce more flavour. It’s somewhat similar to the age-old adage about age and fine wine.

The coffee beans are 100% hand-picked, roasted individually prior to blending, and packed in nitrogen with recyclable packaging to ensure freshness for up to 2 years. To maintain the highest standards of quality control, the beans are coasted and packed in No1’s very own roasting house. It certainly seems that No1’s got all their bases covered when it comes to coffee, and things don’t stop there.

Last but not least, a percentage of the sale is donated to registered charity 1111957 rijo promises, which raises funding for organizations such as Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, Children in Need, and The British Heart Foundation, just to name a few.


Floor Plan, No1 Gatwick Lounge, South Terminal

Concluding Remarks

The No1 Lounge in London-Gatwick’s South Terminal is back and better than ever. As you may already know, the gate area is a less-than-ideal place to relax, get some rest, and pamper yourself before your flight. Fortunately, No1 Lounges has created an exclusive space where you can make relaxation and rest your No1 goal. Visit the lounge, sit back, and bask in the comfortable atmosphere as the lounge staff makes your comfort their No1 priority. The No1 Lounge beckons - be sure to answer the call when you’re flying out of Gatwick.

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