This week saw my first visit to the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at London Euston since it was fully remodelled last year.
Unlike the old East Coast trains, which didn’t allow First Advance ticket holders into its (far bigger) lounge, Virgin West Coast has always allowed any First Class ticket holder in. The problem is that the space is far too small for what they want to achieve, and the latest refurbishment – which is actually impressive given what they had to work with – simply reinforces that.
Here are how the new spaces look:
and (note the fake exposed brickwork at the back!):
and the bar (food was limited to pastries at 10am):
I did like this work area off to one side, which provided plenty of space (there are more desks directly opposite) for people who did have serious work to do:
All in all, Virgin Trains has done the best it can with the space available. I continue to be impressed by their willingness to open it to First Advance ticket holders.