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Review of "London Gatwick, LGW"

published 14/06/2011 | ignoranttraveller
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Pro Close to London/Brighton
Cons Old, tired, nothing to do for children, cannot smoke
Is it worth visiting?
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Family Friendly

"Gatwick needs to be knocked down and built again"

London Gatwick Aiport as it is now known, is actually on the Surrey - West Sussex border and a good half an hour or so from Victoria by train. It consists of two terminals, North and South, which are linked by a monorail which is accessible to all passengers, staff and visitors.

The train station is located in the South Terminal and links LGW to London, Brighton and various other destinations. Almost all of the landside shopping areas are gone in both terminals to make way for new check in areas.

There are no creche or entertainment facilities for children, although both terminals do have an Arcade with a few rides for smaller children, but only enough to keep them occupied for 10 minutes or so.

The North Terminal houses retailers such as Accessorize, Boots, Dixons, Fat Face, Glorious Britain, Hamleys, Harrods, Hugo Boss, JD Sports, Jo Malone, Lacoste, Mango, Master of Time, Next, Ray-Ban, Rituals, Shoe Studio, Sunglass Hut, Ted Baker, Tie Rack, Wetherspoons, WHSmiths, WHSmiths Bookshop, World Duty Free and World of Whiskies.

The South Terminal houses retailers such as Accessorize, All Saints, Animal, Boots, Dixons, Fat Face, Glorious Britain, Harrods, HMV, Hugo Boss, Kurt Geiger, McDonalds, Sunglass Hut, Superdry, Ted Baker, Tie Rack, Wetherspoons, WHSmiths, World Duty Free, World of Whiskies.

Some gates can be as much as a 20-30 minute walk away from the departure lounge so it is definitely worth leaving enough time to get to the gate.

Gatwick Aiport is a non-smoking building. There are smoking areas landside outside of the terminal, but once you have passed through security into the departure lounge smoking is not permitted.

There is no longer an observation deck at Gatwick Aiport. The drop off/pick up points and bus stops are located around 5 minutes walk from the terminal buildings.

Gatwick Airport is currently undergoing some large renovation works which probably should be finished by now and are likely to be going on for a good few years to come. The terminal buildings look tired and dated both inside and out.

The airport also experimented with playing music through the speakers of the terminal buildings very loudly although this was dropped. They still bombard passengers with loud announcements every 30 seconds or so.

Think twice about travelling from Gatwick if you are elderly/disabled, have children or want to be driven to the door.

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Type: Airport


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