Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all regular services and hours may be subject to change. Thus, if the idea is to spend the night in the public area, consider a plan B in case the stay inside the airport is only allowed for those who are close to boarding.
Spending the night at the airport
Gatwick airport operates with many flights and connections around the globe, so it is frequent to see passengers walking about during the night, waiting for their flight departure. Have a sleeping mask, headphones or earplugs ready, as it is noisy and bright.
Where to rest: On the lower level of the terminals there are couches and seats with no armrests which are ideal for laying down, especially near the coffee shops. The South Terminal is usually quieter. If that does not suit you, you can choose to enter one of the VIP lounges, although these close at night. In addition, there are a couple of hotels inside the South Terminal and more accommodations in close proximity.
Baggage: You can leave your bags in the left-luggage offices of the Arrivals Hall of the South Terminal, which operate 24 hours a day.
Eating and drinking: Inside both terminals you can find some options open throughout the night.
Restrooms: There are showers inside some of the VIP lounges and in some of the public bathrooms.
Wi-Fi: Free for 90 minutes.
Other services available around the clock: ATMs, children's playgrounds, baby changing facilities, pharmacies, prayer rooms, courtesy newspapers and magazines, duty-free shops.
The BLOC Hotel Gatwick and the YOTELAIR London Gatwick Airport are situated inside the South Terminal, while the Hilton London Gatwick Airport is connected through a covered walkway. On the other hand, the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport, Sofitel London Gatwick and Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport - North Terminal are linked to the North Terminal.