London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Facilities and Services
There's certainly much more to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) than just airline lounges and planes. The facilities are extensive and everything that would be expected by the traveller of today. Onsite hotels or accommodation in London city centre can be booked at the information desks, and if you have the time, you can take advantage of the huge wealth of shops located within the terminals.
Business travellers may choose to spend time working in the BAA Conference and Business Centre. If you are in London Gatwick as part of your holiday travel plans, then you may like to enjoy a leisurely bite to eat in one of the numerous restaurants. Hugely popular is the Red Lion (Wetherspoon) - a family friendly pub with superb-value dishes all through the day, ranging from pie and chips, fish and chips, salads and chilli, to pasta, lasagne, curries, daily roasts, gourmet burgers, noodles dishes and steaks.
Airport Information Desks
Tel: +1 (0)870 000 2468
Information desks are situated in each of the arrivals areas of the concourses. These are manned by helpful staff, 24 hours a day.
Shops, Duty-Free and Retail Outlets
In total there are around 40 different shops spread around Gatwick, with airport favourites including names such as Accessorize, All Saints, Boots, Dixons Travel, Fat Face, Fisher Price, Lacoste, Monsoon, Ray-Ban and Tie Rack. For souvenirs of your time in London, Glorious Britain is a safe bet, while for children, Hamleys is an iconic toy shop, packed with games and cuddlies. WHSmith is the principal newsagent, and for luggage, choose between the Excess Baggage Company and Rolling Luggage. If you are planning to make the most of your duty free allowance, then don't forget to pay a visit to World Duty Free.
Bars, Cafés and Restaurants
Roughly 20 eateries of all descriptions call Gatwick Airport their home. Passengers simply looking for a quick cup of tea will favour Caffe Nero and Costa. If you are here early in the morning, then most eateries lay on breakfast special, such as the Bridge Bar and Eating House, Garfunkel's, Giraffe, Joe's Kitchen and Coffee House, McDonald's and Pret A Manger.
Currency Exchange, Banking and Business Facilities
Tel: +1 (0)1293 518 080 (business centre)
Currency exchange is available in both of the terminals, being provided by Moneycorp and Travelex. Stamps can be purchased in the newsagents and also at the bureau de change counters. There are also a numerous public telephones, video conferencing, a post office situated in the South Terminal and wireless access to the Internet. Business passengers may like to make full use of the BAA Conference and Business Centre in the South Terminal. Alternatively, consider paying a visit to the Hilton Hotel (South Terminal) or the Le Meridien London Gatwick Hotel (North Terminal).
If you are a passenger with reduced mobility (PRM), it is recommended that you contact your airline at least 48 hours prior to your arrival, to discuss your needs. Assistance can be arranged, from the moment your arrive, all the way until you board the plane.
Other facilities at LGW include free play areas for children (aged between two and six years old), baby changing rooms, a nearby medical centre with first aid facilities and a left luggage office in both of the terminals.