You can read my thoughts on the concept of airport lounges here, but in brief I use them where possible when I fly. For the first time ever, I won the upgrade auction to premium on my flight, which meant I had access to the No 1 Lounge at Gatwick South included. I probably would have paid the £30 otherwise.
There is a central bar, where they serve you (small!) drinks and take a food order, a self service table with apples, nuts, olives, crisps and soup, and a series of coffee machines with cakes.
Around the edge there is a quiet ‘library’ and a ‘sports lounge’ with a huge TV. There is also a selection of 6 magazines and 2 newspapers. During the day, you can watch the planes taxi, if that’s your thing.
They have a range of small meals which you can order one of. These include a fish finger sandwich, a bacon roll, some chicken couscous (which smelled very strongly of onion), and aubergine and fennel lasagne, which I saw the next table had and seemed to enjoy except for the bacon which remained, half eaten, when they left. The feedback I heard on the couscous was very positive though.
I went for a ploughman’s which had a medium sized chunk of a nice cheese, a little bread and butter, some sweet chutney, a few onions and gherkins, and some celery and apple. Apple not as nice when under gherkins, it turns out. That aside, it was fine.
Overall, it is one of the more limited lounges I have used. I prefer self service everything, and a wider range of food. That said, it is still much nicer than the main concourse!
Address: upstairs, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport