Nine Fun Ways to Pass the Time
Stranded at Gatwick Airport? Don’t fret; it may not be the best place in the world to get stuck, but it’s not as bad as you might think. With a bit of lateral thinking those airport hours will fly by, whether your flight has been delayed or you’re overnighting. Inspired by Hannah’s recent post on ways to stay entertained at the airport, I’ve come up with my own top tips for having fun, specifically at Gatwick. By Matt Lindley
Passengers sleeping at Gatwick Airport
Charge Your Mobile
The eagle-eyed will surely find plenty of power sockets dotted around Gatwick where a mobile phone can be surreptitiously charged. And if you haven’t brought a charger, ChargeBox will do it for you for £1.50.
Have a Massage
There’s no point in being stressed before your flight, so why not unwind on one of the coin-operated massage chairs which can be found in both departure zones? It won’t break the bank and might be just what you need to prepare.
Surf the Net
With more people bringing a laptop on holiday than ever before, airports are now a great place to surf the net and Gatwick is no exception. High speed wi-fi which you have to pay for is provided by Boingo, or you can go to McDonalds and use theirs for free (this is not a paid mention). Those without a laptop can get online at one of the internet stations in the North and South Terminal.
Get Wired on Coffee
Gatwick has plenty of cafes where you can grab a decent espresso, including Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee – best of all they’re open 24 hours a day!
Ride the Shuttle
Maybe I’m biased because I used to do it as a kid, but Gatwick has a really cool monorail for transporting passengers between terminals. It doesn’t cost a penny, and if you’re at a loose you can take a ride and enjoy some airport views.
The town of Horley is only 3 minutes by train from Gatwick Airport and home to several great pubs including Ye Olde Six Bells. Head there for a meal and pint before embarking on your journey (adult train tickets around £1.50).
Take a Country Walk
Did you know that a national cycle route runs straight through Gatwick airport? Get closer to nature by leaving the airport from the South Terminal and follow the cycle path – you’ll be in a pleasant wooded area in no time.
Hang Out in the VIP Lounge
It’s possible to purchase a special pass online for around £20 which allows you to sit in the lounges usually reserved for VIPs and premium class passengers. Here you’ll find complimentary food and drink, free newspapers, and some of the best views of the runway. It’s actually quite good value for money.
Get Some Kip
Gatwick’s a fairly decent airport to sleep in as many people will testify on this cool site. There are several quiet zones with padded, armless chairs which double up as a fairly comfy bed, and chances are you’ll be a part of a little community of sleeping backpackers. The classier among us may prefer to stay in a Gatwick Airport hotel, many of which are available from HotelClub.com.
Do you have any other interesting ideas of things to do at Gatwick Airport? Please let us know!