We arrived early Sunday morning at London Heathrow Airport for our VS 3 flight to New York. After our taxi was buzzed through the security gate, we were dropped off at Virgin's private Upper Class Wing, which has it's own separate terminal entrance. Friendly staff members promptly greeted us and provided our boarding passes. This entrance has a private security channel, and we were the only passengers there at the time. We were through quickly and made our way to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in LHR terminal 3. Virgin claims that passengers can make it from their car to the lounge within 10 minutes, and this was definitely the case for us.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is located in Lounge section H of T3, just above the American Airlines and Qantas Clubs.
The Clubhouse is open daily from 6:30am to 10:30pm (or until last departure) and can be accessed by Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and elites, as well as some Delta and other airline partner elites.
Up a set of stairs, we arrived at the Clubhouse entrance and were quickly admitted to the lounge. It's a sprawling, multi-level space, with plenty of separate and unique zones to discover. Virgin has done a tremendous job with the interior design and layout of the space, in my opinion. It's got a space-ship meets luxury yacht vibe that is full of character. This is no cookie-cutter lounge - it's imbued with Virgin's posh style and originality.
We entered around 6:45am, shortly after the lounge had opened. It was mostly deserted this early, so we did some exploring. Past the check-in area, there was a seating area with power outlets and small tables. Across the room is a long, swooping bar near the windows. There's a communal high-top table leading toward the restaurant.
The main level feels large and open, though it's sectioned through use of sunken/raised flooring, lighting, and various dividing elements. It's easy to find a private area where you aren't on display to the rest of the lounge. There were a variety of seating types, from loungers, to bar stools, to banquettes, to hanging swings. Virgin has assigned names to the various spaces, such as The Den and The Lodge.
In one corner is an enclosed kids room.
Upstairs, there is even an outdoor viewing deck that offers great tarmac views for #avgeeks.
After some picture-taking, we sat down at the full table-service restaurant for breakfast. The menu read as follows:
There were plenty of vegetarian options, which were well-labeled. I chose scrambled eggs and French toast, which were delicious. Service was warm and attentive.
In addition to the table service, where one can order off the menu, there was also a buffet with various breakfast options.
After eating, we still had some time before boarding began. We found some comfy chairs near the windows behind the bar. By this time, more passengers were in the Clubhouse, though there were still plenty of empty seating areas.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow also has a full spa that offers a range of hair and body treatments. Some of the shorter, more basic services are complimentary. My travel companion decided to get a free treatment, and was scheduled about 20 minutes later.
The Clubhouse has individual shower rooms and bathrooms.
The Clubhouse has free wifi for guests and plenty of power outlets at most seating areas. In addition to the more relaxed lounge-y seats, there are a variety of individual workstations with desk lights and partitions.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow is one of my favorite business class airline lounges in the world. It offers passengers a variety of well-designed zones to work, play, and dine. The full-service restaurant and spa are real highlights that elevate the Clubhouse above most business class lounges. There is ample space to spread out, plug in, or completely disconnect before your flight. Virgin has done a great job translating their brand's chic vibe into a physical space like this. The Clubhouse oozes hip luxury, unlike many other sterile-feeling airline lounges. Additionally, Virgin's Upper Class Wing entrance offers a seamless and swift check-in and security experience that's almost unrivaled. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to the Clubhouse.