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.
|Airport Lounges||Our score (out of 5)||Price (advance)||Price on door||Toilets||Runway view||Spa facilities||Made-to-order dishes||Includes fast-track security|
|Belfast International Causeway||£27.50||£27.50||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Gatwick Aspire North||£21||£24||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Gatwick My Lounge North||£24||£30||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Gatwick No1 North||£32||£40||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|