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Gatwick Airport is located in West Sussex, London, and is a major hub for many airlines. Handling over 46 million passengers per year, it is the second most popular airport in the UK, just behind Heathrow Airport. The airport actually opened up in the late 1920s but has only been used for commercial flights since 1933. Although they only have two runways, they service almost 50 airlines all over the world.
With more than two dozen eateries inside, you surely won’t go hungry. The North Terminal has 13 places to choose from, including Shake Shack, The Red Lion, and Bar Burrito. In the South Terminal, you can find another 13 places such as Jamie Oliver’s Diner, Nando’s, and The Flying Horse. For your shopping fix, there are 34 shops and kiosks in the North Terminal and 29 in the South Terminal.
London is the capital of England as well as the United Kingdom. It is also considered to be one of the world’s most powerful and important global cities. In fact, it has also been touted as the most popular work city, sustainable, innovative, and most visited, according to Forbes and several other major publications. But it’s not just a big famous city, it has a big tourism following as well.
Fun Fact: The top 10 most visited attractions in the UK in 2015 were all in London.
You will not have any trouble finding something to keep you busy while you are waiting for your flight. Even inside the airport, there are a plethora of places to go, people to talk to, and things to see.
Go for a walk. Get out of the airport for a bit and walk along the bike path that goes around the airport. It winds through a wooded area that will instantly calm your nerves.
Whether you want some Mexican food, sushi, or a fancy meal with caviar, you can find it all at Gatwick Airport. From the quick and easy counter service kiosks to the full-service restaurants, Gatwick has it waiting for you.
Take a nap. There are two hotels inside the airport where you can go for a few hours to take a snooze, watch TV, or have a shower. They actually rent them in blocks of four hours for a lower fee than for a whole night.
Wear out the kids. There is a children’s play area in each terminal airside by departures. It is called the Kids Zone, and they have cartoons on television as well as toys and play equipment.
Retail therapy is good for everyone. Buy some souvenirs, browse, or look for today’s newspaper.
Relax. There are two chapels in the airport, one in each terminal, open 24 hours a day. They even hold services for a variety of different faiths on certain days. Or you can just relax and enjoy some meditation.
Get spoiled. Book one of the lounges at the airport. Each terminal has a group lounge with a bar, food, and comfortable seating. You can also choose a secluded clubroom with cocktails, an extensive wine list, à la carte dining, and private table service.
Oxford Bus Company
National Express Coaches
Airport Railway Station
Get out of the airport and get some fresh air while you wait for your flight. No matter how pleasant the airport is and how much food and shopping they offer, if you have more than a few hours to wait, get outside. Several convenient Bounce partners in the area are ready to keep your luggage safe while you enjoy the city. Just book your luggage on the Bounce app, drop it off at their nearest location, and enjoy the sights until it’s time to go back to the airport.
Gatwick Aviation Museum: Less than four miles from the hangar on Lowfield Heath Road, the Gatwick Aviation Museum is actually on the airport property. See a huge collection of British aircraft from the Second World War to the 1970s, including the Percival, Blackburn, Gloster, Hawker, and Avro. They even have a nature trail and refreshments.
Lowfield Heath Windmill: Just a few miles from Gatwick, this historic windmill in Charlwood, Surrey, is a fabulous place to visit while you are here. Built in 1737, the windmill is one of the oldest working windmills in the country. Drop off your luggage with Bounce and visit the grounds anytime for a picnic or just take a walk around. Or come during one of their open days for a tour of the inside of the mill.
Reigate Caves: Have you ever been in a cave? These unique caves about seven miles from the airport are different from all the others. The main difference in Barons’ Cave is that it’s not lit. All guests have to carry their own lantern, making it especially spooky and fun. The Tunnel Road Caves are lit and a bit more modern but date back to the 1800s. Don’t bring your bags, though. Bounce has plenty of spots nearby where you can leave them.
British Wildlife Centre: On Eastbourne Road, 10 miles from the airport, this impressive zoo has over 40 different species native to the area. Scottish wildcats, hedgehogs, red deer, and stoats are just some of the adorable creatures you can see. Grab your camera from your bags before dropping them with Bounce.
Go Ape: If you are looking for some extreme adventures to get your blood pumping, head to Go Ape just seven miles from the airport in Tilgate Park. Make sure you drop off your suitcases at a Bounce location first because you will need both hands. Climb to the treetops in the Treetop Challenge or see the view from the canopy on a zip wire, bridges, and crossings sure to get your heart beating faster. For a more mellow experience, jump on a Segway for a trip around the park.
Buchan Country Park: Enjoy 170 acres of green fields, vibrant wildflowers, and trails at this park just eight miles from the airport on Horsham Road. Visit the Countryside Centre, have a bite to eat in the picnic area, or enjoy some coffee at the CoffeEco Mobile Barista.
Cherry Lane Adventure Playground: If you need to keep the kids busy for a couple of hours, this playground on Cherry Lane is the perfect spot for that. It’s only six miles from the airport, and they have both indoor and outdoor activities. The kids can do some ziplining, climb the walls, jump on trampolines, and even ride go-karts.
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Great location near the airport, in London. In front we got a bus to move to the center of the city.
In & out super easy. Close to blue line stop which is great for getting to/from airport in London.
Convenient, friendly store owner, in London. And there was a camera on the items so that was nice.
The price for luggage storage near Gatwick Airport (LGW) is just £5/bag for the entire day.
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $10,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage near Gatwick Airport (LGW).
Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Gatwick Airport (LGW) area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Gatwick Airport (LGW) and in the broader London area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping gurantee.
The most popular restaurants to visit when near Gatwick Airport (LGW) are Jamie's Diner, The Grain Store, and Giraffe.
Check out the nearby Richmond Park, Mudchute Park & Farm, and Tonbridge Castle.