If you’re heading to Gatwick Airports South Terminal then the Club Aspire Lounge is likely to be one of the top lounges on your ‘to visit list’. The lounge opened just earlier this year and benefits from a modern and luxurious feel.
We had the pleasure of visiting the airport lounge and reviewing the lounge (albeit they had no idea, we don’t provide advance notice that we’re visiting) prior to our flight over to Vegas recently.
After security, you’ll notice the signs for the lounges immediately. Follow the signs and you’ll come to the main circle in which Gatwick South Terminal is hosted. Just to your right, you’ll see the entrance to Club Aspire Lounge between Currys PC World and WH Smiths.
If you can’t gain access to this lounge for whatever reason, there’s another couple of lounges just around the corner. Including No1 Lounges which also accepts priority pass.
We previously tried to gain access to the Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick Airport on our previous trip six months ago. Sadly the lounge was at capacity and therefore was not admitting Priority Pass members.
Thankfully we had better luck today (Monday circa 9 am) where we were able to access the lounge without problems.
If you don’t have a Priority Pass then you can gain access to this lounge by paying upon arrival or booking in advance online.
The lounge is spacious and very well arranged with an area designed for families at the back of the lounge (far end), a desk space area for business travellers at the front and a relaxation area somewhere in the middle with panoramic windows out onto the stands.
Off to the right at the back of the lounge, you’ll also find another seating area. Here you’ll find a lot of solos ‘boxed off’ style seats designed for business travellers who’d like additional privacy. This area would be perfect for making any calls prior to your flight should this be required.
As I mentioned in the layout above, the majority of the view is on a panoramic strip that runs along one side of the lounge. There are around 10 seats here, and they are highly sought after, luckily my brother Niall managed to take advantage of one that was free during our visit.
From here you can look out onto the stands and watch planes be pushed back or taxi into the stands. It’s pretty cool if you’re a fan of aviation like me.
Food & Drink
During our visit to Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick Airports South Terminal breakfast was being served. There was four items for a hot breakfast; beans scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon.
While bread was available there wasn’t a toaster that I could see. Alongside the hot food, you had yoghurts, fruit pots, cereal and pastries.
All three of us opted for a full English (heading across to the USA we knew it would be our last for a while) and our only complaint would be that the bacon was a little fatty, otherwise, it was perfect.
All of these items were being served up until the point we left the lounge at 11 am.
There’s no showers at this lounge. Just toilets, at the entrance area of the lounge. It did take me a while to decipher between the men and women sign (seriously, can we just get men and women printed on a door already?).
However, once inside there spacious, clean and plentiful for the number of guests in the lounge at any one time.
The internet was unlocked and therefore could likely be accessed by other people outside of the lounge.
However, we experienced no downtime and good upload and download speeds for all the work we wanted to achieve during our visit to the lounge.
I can’t help but wonder if we should have been told to connect to one of the password-protected WIFIs. However, the WIFI didn’t struggler with the work we wanted to achieve and therefore we didn’t see the need to ask.
Just to the right as you enter the lounge after reception you’ll find a set back area with books and magazines – there are also additional books scattered around the lounge to be used as decorative pieces that are free to be read during your visit to the lounge.
The variety and relevance of the books and magazines were a great touch and provided some light entertainment while we waited for our flight to begin boarding.
Other than our entrance to the lounge at reception we had no interaction with staff. We had no need to, everything was self-service and easily accessible.
Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick’s South Terminal is what I’ve come to expect from the Aspire lounge. It was modern, provided fantastic views, had a wonderful range of foods and was in a fantastic location within the airport for both the gates and the nearby shops.
I’d certainly recommend it for those looking to visit a lounge during a trip to Gatwick Airport. I really hope we can review the No1 Lounge in Gatwick South Terminal soon to compare and provide you with our first choice when it comes to the best lounge in this terminal.
Club Aspire Lounge, Gatwick South