They may sound rather grand and exclusive territory of briefcase wielding, i-phone owning business people, but if you have a few quid to spare, anyone can use the ‘common use’ travellers’ lounges and they’re a reasonable option.
Let’s start with one of the best: No 1 Traveller's award-winning, split-level lounge in Gatwick's South terminal, as featured in the Daily Mail. If you fear a flight delay, their lounge is a stylish place to chill out while you wait.
Enjoy expansive views of the runway through floor-to-ceiling windows, complimentary newspapers and magazines, a bar and a bistro serving freshly made food, table football and a foreign exchange service from the comfort of your seat.
The company has recently opened a second lounge in the North terminal, with a business centre, mini-cinema, a games room with a pool table, board games for adults and children, such as Scrabble and Snakes and Ladders and a spa (you pay an extra fee).
You’ll find No.1 Traveller’s airport lounges at Gatwick, Heathrow Terminal 3 and Stansted airports and entry fee is £20 if pre-booked on 0844 264 6440 or at www.no1traveller.com.
You may think it worth it when you consider that food and drinks will be served to you and snacks and drinks are on tap. You can also take away your favourite magazine and make good use of the free available internet. But perhaps best of all is being able to relax and escape the crush. It seems like money well spent!