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Updated: 22 Apr 2022

Best and worst UK airport lounges

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
Which?Editorial team
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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.

Best UK airport lounges

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 Airport LoungesOur score (out of 5)Price (advance)Price on doorToiletsRunway viewSpa facilitiesMade-to-order dishesIncludes fast-track security
Belfast International Causeway£27.50£27.50YesYesNoNoNo
Birmingham Aspire£21£24NoYesNo No No 
Birmingham No1£28£35NoYesNo YesYes
Edinburgh Aspire£22£24No NoNo No No 
Gatwick Aspire North£21£24YesNo No No No 
Gatwick My Lounge North£24£30YesNo NoNo No 
Gatwick No1 North£32£40YesYesNo YesYes
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.