The Virgin Atlantic Lounge Review London Heathrow is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report.
This lounge is called a clubhouse and for good reason. Like the Costco setup of the Turkish Airlines Lounge in IST, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LHR is novel. I had 8 hours to spend at the lounge and was able to see and do everything.
The lounge is huge. There are plenty of places to sit if you want to relax and plenty of places to dine. What I could not understand, given the size of the lounge, is why other guests insisted on sitting right next to me. I get the allure of Pumba, but what happened to personal space? Before you get pissy with me, check out the innumerable seating options:
If you’re looking for a game of snooker, head upstairs to the billiards room.
If you’re looking to have a cigarette, head outside and prepare to be fined. While you can go outside for fresh air, smoking is not allowed.
Unlike most lounges where guests have to go to the bar to get drinks, at the Clubhouse you simply have to wait for the waiter to come by. While this was convenient, it became a bit irritating because the waiter would come by every few minutes and ask if everyone was okay. “Yes, I’m fine,” heard ten times over by the people who sat too close to me got old real quick. It’s a trivial complaint but given the option, I would rather go to the bar myself than have to interact over and over. Of course I was cordial, but still.
Like Centurion Lounges, the Clubhouse had speciality cocktails. Some were good, some were turrible.
There is a self-service buffet and there is ordering a la carte. I started off with some snacks and then ordered breakfast.
Trying to avoid the crying children (whom I welcome more in airline lounges than hotel ones), I found a booth in the back corner. The waiter came and took my order. She kept asking if I wanted more of this or more of that. To which I said: yes, yes, and yes.
After 40 days on the road, TPOL was starting to look like Pumba. Wanting to arrive in SFO and minimize the chance of a ‘random search‘, I booked a complimentary haircut. I also required a shave like those offered in Etihad Lounges, but that was extra.
I rather enjoy the Virgin Clubhouse just as I enjoy flying Virgin. Much like TPOL, Virgin delivers quality while maintaining a sense of humor. Richard Branson calls coach riff-raff. TPOL calls it peasant class. Richard is a billionaire. TPOL is a points millionaire. Same same, but different.