Airport lounge reviews
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.
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.