Best and worst UK airport lounges
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.
|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|
|Gatwick Aspire North||£21||£24|
|Gatwick My Lounge North||£24||£30|
|Gatwick No1 North||£32||£40|
|Gatwick No1 South||£32||£40|
|Gatwick Clubrooms North||£38||£50|
|Gatwick Clubrooms South||£38||£50|
|Heathrow Plaza Premium T2||£38||£40|
|Heathrow No1 T3||£32||£40|
|Heathrow The House T4||£40||£50|
|Heathrow Skyteam T4||£30||£40|
|Heathrow Aspire T5||£35||£40|
|Heathrow Plaza Premium T5||£40||£50|
|Manchester Escape T3||£21||£40|
|Manchester 1903 T3||£35||£40|
|Southend Skylife Lounge||£20||£24|
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.