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Best and worst UK airport lounges

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Our inspectors went undercover to find where you'll get the VIP experience - and where you'll have to make do with a soggy sandwich

With airports becoming ever busier, pay-as-you-go lounges have soared in popularity.

No longer the preserve of the business traveller, here any passenger can stump up between £20 and £50 for the promise of some peace and quiet - with food, booze and super-fast wi-fi included.

But not all airport lounges are created equal. For every sweeping runway view, elsewhere there are dingy basements. A swanky a la carte menu is the exception to a dozen tired buffets.

That’s why our undercover inspectors have visited 21 pay-as-you-go lounges at some of the UK’s biggest airports - including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Edinburgh.

They tested everything from the comfort of the seating and the speed of the wifi, to the quality of the food and drink.

Find out which lounges are worth your money, and when you’ll be better off with a restaurant in the terminal.

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Airport Lounges
  Price (advance) Price on door Toilets Runway view Spa facilities Made-to-order dishes Includes fast-track security Our score (out of 5)
Belfast International Causeway £27.50 £27.50 Y Y       Subscriber only content
Birmingham Aspire £21 £24   Y       Subscriber only content
Birmingham No1 £28 £35   Y   Y Y Subscriber only content
Edinburgh Aspire £22 £24           Subscriber only content
Gatwick Aspire North £21 £24 Y         Subscriber only content
Gatwick My Lounge North £24 £30 Y         Subscriber only content
Gatwick No1 North £32 £40 Y Y   Y Y Subscriber only content
Gatwick No1 South £32 £40 Y Y   Y Y Subscriber only content
Gatwick Clubrooms North £38 £50 Y     Y Y Subscriber only content
Gatwick Clubrooms South £38 £50 Y Y   Y Y Subscriber only content
Heathrow Plaza Premium T2 £38 £40 Y   Y     Subscriber only content
Heathrow No1 T3 £32 £40 Y Y Y Y   Subscriber only content
Heathrow The House T4 £40 £50 Y Y   Y   Subscriber only content
Heathrow Skyteam T4 £30 £40 Y Y Y Y   Subscriber only content
Heathrow Aspire T5 £35 £40   Y       Subscriber only content
Heathrow Plaza Premium T5 £40 £50 Y Y       Subscriber only content
Luton Aspire £25 £40 Y         Subscriber only content
Manchester Escape T3 £21 £40 Y Y       Subscriber only content
Manchester 1903 T3 £35 £40 Y Y   Y Y Subscriber only content
Stansted Escape £25 £30 Y Y       Subscriber only content
Southend Skylife Lounge £20 £24           Subscriber only content

Using the table: Our score: 1 = A sub-standard lounge we think is well below average; 2 = An adequate lounge with room for improvement; 3 = A solid lounge that meets expectations; 4 = An excellent lounge, above average; 5 = An exceptional lounge – among the best.

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