Airport Lounges Reviews

Flagship 60s cool – The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London

a stuffed monkey in a lobby

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London

One thing about Virgin Atlantic that you can count on is feeling like you’ve arrived. Everything is cool. From the moment you arrive at the airport, the lounge experience, and . I was pumped to visit the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse for a 2nd time.

The Clubhouse is open to all Upper Class passengers and those with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold status ( plus a guest on a same flight ). Virgin is actually running a status match open to a bevy of airlines – give it a look here.

Since we were flying from London to Atlanta in upper class we had access before our flight. The last time I visited the lounge was hours before I proposed to my now wife, and I was VERY excited to return and enjoy in some mod 60s luxury almost two years later.

a large room with tables and chairs

Visit Details:

  • When: January 2022
  • Where: London, Heathrow Terminal 3
  • Access:
    • Passengers travelling in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class
    • Flying Club Gold members travelling with us
    • Passengers travelling in Delta One
    • Delta SkyMiles Diamond Medallion card holders*
    • Delta SkyMiles Platinum Medallion card holders*
    • Virgin Australia Velocity Club Gold card holders**
    • Virgin Australia Velocity Club Platinum card holders**
    • Virgin Australia Velocity The Club card holders**
    • Flying Blue Platinum card holders*

Arrival and first impression

The entire experience is very cool. Segregated from the main Terminal 3 entrance you’ll find Virgin’s Upper Class check in and wing. Once you’re all checked in, proceed to the elevators, through private security, and voila, the lounge awaits.

The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Heathrow feels like you’ve entered a movie set space ship from the 1960s that’d been fit with every modern luxury and amenity.  Shower? Pick a shower suite. Some baked goods. Got it. Super delicious cocktails. Rocks or straigh up? Wanna sit down and enjoy a meal? Booth or table. Shoot some stick? Solids or stripes. Need a haircut? Usually Done…but not during covid it’s closed.

Should I keep going? They’ve thought of everything.

a group of people sitting at a bar

The Spa

After entering the lounge look to the far right. That’s where the spa used to be located but is closed due to Covid – Virgin is taking the time to update it for a new spa once it’s post Covid. There are also shower suites.

The haircut area is now occupied by Peloton bikes offering some great plane spotting opportunities

a group of exercise bikes in a room with windows

Dining.

There are several ways to go about adding to your calorie count. First…there are some deli style stations.

But, really…when you’re luxuriating – don’t you want to sit, relax and order from a menu? To the far left you’ll find the restaurant which can hold A LOT of people, but since we were kind of in between meal times, we had our choice of seating.

You can find the entire menu selection online here, but I had friend chicken sandwich which was great and washed it down with some champers.

a burger and fries on a tray

We also tried a few other dishes which were equally excellent. I’d highly recommend filling up your belly here rather than on the plane.

Activities

Virgin didn’t stop at just spa and dining, they wanted to up the ante and provide some more cool. First stop, let’s shoot some stick.

a pool table in a room

Feeling a bit claustrophobic in the massive Clubhouse Heathrow? Go outside. Peep a few planes, AV geek out.

a group of chairs and tables on a green lawn

Looking for some other ways to hang out and get comfy? Virgin has you covered with a wide variety of choices.

Perhaps you want to swing and talk

a room with a chair and a table

Or chill on a plush couch while your kids don’t play with all of those toys and pound their smart devices.

a room with a couch and a table and chairs

Perhaps being on the same level with everyone else is so blase – and you need to take a step down into that sunken banquet vibe.

a large brown couch with a wooden table and red chairs

Or you want to get your geometrically avant garde laptop wireless headphone vibe on. They know their customer base

a man sitting on a couch in a room with a laptop

And last but not least…maybe you just want to pretend you’re still in the 1960s and read some good ole black and white, there’s a forest in my hand, they buried the damn lead again, I can’t believe TWA dropped another 10%, get my broker on the phone, “newspaper space.”

a room with tables and chairs and people in it

Overall:

This is a lounge I could hang out in time and time again. You can read about the New York space here, but nothing is quite like the flagship London Clubhouse.

I’d HIGHLY recommend budgeting some time to really soak up the experience. And read a newspaper – who knows how much longer they’ll be around. And for you millennials reading this – newspapers are those things laying on the table, to the right, in the last picture.

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