This is a new branch of W H Smith in the extended South Terminal lounge at Gatwick Airport, near the Wetherspoons Pub and Prêt a Manger, on the first floor. (There's another branch on the Ground Floor by the entrance to the gates).
It sells what you'd expect of Smiths newspapers, magazines, confectionery and a limited range of stationery and books, all aimed at the travel market. Interestingly, though, they also have an extensive range of sandwiches and snacks in a long refrigerator, so clearly their lease doesn't stop them competing from the various other food outlets around: a good thing if you want to stock up before getting on a budget flight (some of their sarnies are under £2).
The only downer is that the tills at the end are a little cramped, so on my recent visit one daydreaming 5-year old sitting on the floor managed to block everyone's exit
Ok it's thursday evening, it's really busy and I am tired but there must be an easier way to buy a magazine and a bottle of water.
Empty shelves, lack of staff and a long queue through the store didn't leave a good impression.
The store on the first floor is much better than the onr on the way to the gates.
always busy but great for getting all your mags and books. some cheaps snacks and sandwiches if looking for a cheap and cheerful fix
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