I may have just found my new favorite business class lounge. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is a superb business class lounge and even with high expectations I walked away impressed.
The lounge is located in Terminal 3 right above the AA Admiral’s Club. If you are arriving at Heathrow via car and flying Upper Class, there is a dedicated car drop-off area with expedited security that empties you out very close to the lounge.
If you are starting in the check-in area, just follow the signs:
I arrived around noon for 2:35PM flight, giving me over 90 minutes in the lounge. I enjoyed every moment of it and wish I could have stayed longer. A red-coated staff member scanned my boarding pass and welcomed me into the lounge.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR Dining
I wasn’t all that hungry, but did want to eat something for purposes of this review. Just to the left of the entrance is a deli with high-end meats, cheese, and fish. It looked quite nice, though I took a seat in the dining room.
The menu includes a la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus drinks.
I arrived during the transition between breakfast and lunch and was offered a choice from either menu. Having sampled hamburgers from United and American, I thought I would give Virgin’s a try. I began with a mango smoothie and cappuccino and followed that with the cheeseburger and chips (French Fries). Kudos to Virgin Atlantic for a tasty cheeseburger. I really enjoyed it.
Although not on the menu, I requested a bowl of berries for dessert and was cheerfully obliged.
The dining room was not crowded and included a mix of tables and booths.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR Spa
With lunch out of the way, I headed over to the spa. I should have proceeded directly to the spa to check on appointment availability first, but I had no trouble scheduling a complimentary facial that included a small shoulder and head massage as well. It was very enjoyable. This is a full service spa with nail and hair services as well. I was impressed.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR Seating
I’d say the only downside to the lounge was that it was rather crowded. Crowds tended to congregate around the bar and seating areas near the restrooms and spa.
If you are looking for a more quiet area, head to the farthest corner of the lounge (from the entrance) where the seats was mostly unoccupied.
Another large section of the dining room was totally empty. There’s also some workstations if you want a desk to work on.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Heathrow Kid’s Room
For the little ones, Virgin offers kid’s-sized furniture and toys.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Den / Game Room
Aptly called “the den”, the upstairs seating area has a pool table and feels more like a swanky living room than an airport lounge.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Viewing Deck (Rooftop Garden)
Go up one level further and you’ll hit a rooftop sitting area where you get some fresh air and spot airplanes. Though smoking is technically forbidden, I’d add this to my Heathrow smoking list.
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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Restrooms + Showers
Restroom and showers are available. Both the restroom and shower suites are private. Cowshed soap and hand lotion are available.
Half of the toilets were out of order…not sure if the plumbers are on strike.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR Bar
A full bar offers barista-made coffee, cocktails, and a wide selection of beer, wines, and spirits. I tried a “Virgin Redhead” which was light and quite enjoyable.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR Quiet Room
While there are not sleeping rooms, there is one quiet room where you can relax in relative peace.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London TV Room
A TV room includes comfortable seating and several big screens.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LHR Shoe Shine
Finally, complimentary shoe shine is available near the entrance to the lounge. The man shining shoes was very jovial and did a great job. Tips are “welcomed” (read: expected).
This lounge has a little bit of something for everyone. I was very impressed by my visit and wish I could have stayed a couple hours longer, especially when my Virgin flight to Los Angeles ended up being delayed once we pushed back from the gate. If you are flying Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class or have top-tier status with Virgin or Delta, do make time for this lounge: it is worthwhile.