BA British Airways Gatwick South Lounge Business Class Review 2020 - Is it any good?
The British airways Gatwick South Business Class Lounge is also known as the BA London Gatwick Lounge, Club Europe or Galleries. We review today the opening / closing times, how to find it, food and drink, seating, eligibility, opening & closing times, Reception check-in, Mezzanine area, Business area & Bathrooms and who can use the BA Gatwick Lounge.
Does BA have a lounge at Gatwick?
Gatwick airport does have a BA lounge based in the South Terminal. All British Airways passengers flying in either First or Business Class gain complimentary access to the BA Gatwick lounge. Also passengers flying on any OneWorld alliance airline in the same classes have access to this lounge.
Is there a BA first class lounge at Gatwick?
There is one lounge based in the South Terminal immediately next door to the Business Class Lounge located on the first floor.
Who Can use the British Airways lounge at Gatwick?
Passengers not flying on any British Airways cabin class as stated above will not be allowed entry to any lounge run by BA or other OneWorld alliance. Eligibility is only granted to these lounges if a passenger is flying on any OneWorld alliance aircraft in Business Class or hold either British airways Silver / Gold executive club status.
Can I pay to use the BA lounge Gatwick?
The eligibility of entry to any of the British airways lounges consists of passengers required to be flying on British Airways in Business class / First Class either in Long Haul Club World or Short Haul Club Europe. Passengers outside of the above cannot pay cash to access any BA Lounge.
However, there are many pay per use lounges based at the airport. Lots of companies on the internet sell passengers lounge entry so we recommend looking around for the best deal, always try atleast three different providers for the best prices.
How to find the BA Lounge Gatwick South?
After checking our luggage through the dedicated Business / First Class check-in zone which we received as part of our Business Class flight packages our review found here - BA Club Europe & BA Club World
We made our way to the fast track security area, as usual on a Monday morning the general security zone was busy with long queues. We found the segregated lane for fast track customers on the left hand side. After a few, short minutes found our way through security and making our way to the lounge, well that was nice and easy...
To locate the British airways Gatwick South Lounge, you travel from security by turning left, then make your way through the Duty Free shopping zone to where you find yourselves in the main, ground floor concourse. Turn left and take the escalator to the first floor.
Once you’re at the top of the escalator, turn immediately left and you will see an entrance next to the JD Sports shop. Large directional signage above the entrance states “Lounges” including, Clubrooms and the No.1 lounges.
Travel down the corridor, either take the stairs or elevator up one floor where you enter an area facing towards the British Airways Lounge Reception desk. On route you will also see the entrance doors to the No.1 lounge which can be accessed by purchasing a ticket either online or at the reception desk to access the No.1 lounge.
At the Gatwick Lounge Reception desk, to the left First Class passengers can enter the First Class Lounge. To the right, passengers enter the Business Club Galleries lounge.
When we approached the reception desk we were greeted by a very friendly BA staff member who checked our tickets and gave us some helpful advise on our flight times and distance to our boarding gate.
We entered the Club Lounge through a set of large, floor to ceiling glass doors to our right hand side.
BA Lounge Gatwick South Opening Times:
The Lounge is open everyday of the week, Opening / Closing times are below:
Mon - 05.15 to 20.30 Tue - 05.15 to 19.30 Wed - 05.15 to 19.30
Thurs - 05.15 to 20.30 Fri - 05.15 to 19.30 Sat - 05.00 to 20.30
Sun - 05.00 to 21.00
Can I pay to use the BA lounge at Gatwick?
Unfortunately No. This Lounge at Gatwick is only accessible to passengers flying on a scheduled British Airways flight in either First Class, Business Class long haul Club World or Business Class within Europe otherwise known as Club Europe.
You can also gain access to the lounge if you are a Silver / Gold Member of the British airways executive club or equivalent Status from any of the BA alliance partners on a scheduled flight operated by British Airways or a oneworld partner.
All passengers must be over the age of 18 years, or if under 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The Galleries Business Class South Lounge
Even though this is our second time in the last twelve months, every time we enter through those Glass doors we are simply taken back by the sheer size of this lounge. It really does have the "Wow" factor and our eyeline are always drawn to the far distance down the main entrance walkway where you can just make out the Panoramic Windows at the end of the lounge.
As you travel down the walkway to your left you view a section of comfy, leather armchairs separated by an impressive large, glass wall of wine. The colours within this section are contemporary with blacks, reds and greys on neutral backgrounds. The lighting is lower in this area and provides a relaxing feel with only side lamps and some ceiling recessed illumination.
In fact, this new BA Lounge has 469 seats in total and is over 40% bigger than the old BA Business Class Lounge it replaced when it was situated in the Gatwick North Terminal.
This first area is a very quiet, relaxing zone with many free newspapers & magazines to read and welcome if you need to catch up on some work, meetings or simply relaxing before in quiet before your flight.
To the right hand side of the walkway, they have recessed sections containing a bench style table and chairs. There are many of these sections so always one available if you fancy some privacy.
As you travel further on, you then enter into the main lounge area containing more tables and chairs.
Gatwick South Galleries Lounge Food & Drink Selection
The drink selection at this lounge is quite extensive with a well stocked self-serve area of various Wines & Spirits. There a few under counter refrigerators holding cans of lager, soft drinks and bottles of water, snacks etc.
Within the food & drinks area, there is also a large island which holds a large amount of bottled still & sparkling water, fresh orange juice, ice and a number of bottles of Champagne.
We enjoyed many a great cup of hand roasted Union coffee with the bean to cup coffee machines and the odd cup of Twining tea.
The food self-serve area is located at the end of the drinks section. With a selection of hot & cold food depending on the particular time of day, the food area is usually always well stocked from our experience.
Due to our arrival at the lounge in the morning, we observed a selection of pastries such as Croissants, pain au chocolate, pain au raisin etc. Also bread, rolls, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits. Hot food including egg & bacon mini rolls at breakfast.
Other selections are brought out by staff from the kitchens such as cold meats, salads, dressings etc.
The Facilities & Runway Views
The food & drink area sits in the middle of the BA lounge floor space with a mezzanine area above. The walkways travel in either direction around and through the food & drink zone. Turn left and you enter a perimeter seating area running the entire length of the lounge.
Floor to ceiling glass windows encase the perimeter wall providing some amazing views of the runways. From this angle you can sit in a comfy, leather armchair enjoying a glass of Champagne whilst admiring the view of taxiing planes.
Upstairs Mezzanine area
Upstairs on top of the ground floor food & drinks zone we discovered a mezzanine area. Following one of the two staircases up to this level it was like entering a calm oasis in a busy lounge area.
The facilities upstairs include another refreshments area Including the same bean to cup instant Coffee machines using union roast coffee. Twining tea, fresh fruits, biscuits and hot water dispensers. The area is also well stocked with still and sparking large bottles of water.
The same style comfy leather armchairs, sofas and coffee tables. Scattered throughout was observed many round tables and chairs for two people. Flat screen TV's displaying live news and flight information keep passengers updated.
We found this area had a calming influence on us, we were not sure if many people knew of this area as we were visiting on a Monday morning whilst the ground floor busy, hardly anybody was seen upstairs.
Business Work area
We found a business work area with various facilities to enable anyone to work in quiet. Facilities and equipment supplied included a printer, Computers and worktops.
Families Entertainment Kids Zone
Families can keep their children entertained within an area called the "Kidszone" in the Lounge. This area contains chairs, various children's entertainment including a table football game and X-boxes with large display screens.
Showers & Toilets
We only took a quick peek inside the shower area during our stay. It all looked clean, modern and functional. The shower area also supplied a hairdryer, hand and body wash, moisturiser, shampoo, shaver sockets and a toilet.
The toilet areas were large, with cubicles, urinals for men and long mirrors with marble worktops with wash hand basins. The areas looked and felt clean and well stocked including luxury Elemis hand wash and moisturiser hand creams.
Our Verdict / Opinion on the BA Gatwick South Lounge
This is one of our personal favourite lounges in the UK. As soon as we enter, we always get the feeling of space with modern decor, great facilities and extremely comfortable armchairs to sit back and relax in.
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The entire space has many areas to escape from the main, ground floor busy zones. With quality Spirits, Wines, Champagne and hand roasted coffee on tap, you never have a glass or cup empty here.
Mornings are busy from our experience so be prepared. Late mornings through to the evening are always pleasurable and less crowded. We found a Sunday afternoon to be very quiet.
The food is good but could be slightly better in our opinion as the selections on display are fairly limited. The staff there always very polite and couldn't do more for you from our experience.
Remember that this lounge is not accessible unless you're flying BA Business or equivalent on any Oneworld partner and you cannot pay to access this lounge. You can however access the lounge if you're a British airways executive Silver or above status member or equivalent oneworld partner.
I will never get bored with the Runway views in here, they are great and you almost get a 180 degree view of the runways through the lounge windows.
I can't think of any better way to await our departure by sitting in a relaxing lounge in a comfy armchair with a glass of Champagne in hand watching planes arrive & take off.
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