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My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at London Euston Station

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This week saw my first visit to the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at London Euston railway station 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:

Virgin Trains West Coast First Class lounge London Euston

and

Virgin Trains West Coast First Class lounge London Euston

and (note the fake exposed brickwork at the back!):

Virgin Trains West Coast First Class lounge London Euston

and the bar (food was limited to pastries at 10am):

Virgin Trains West Coast First Class lounge London Euston

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:

Virgin Trains West Coast First Class lounge London Euston

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.

You can find out more about Virgin Trains First Class lounges on this page of their website.

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Comments (17)

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    Forgot to mention Alcohol is free with Traveller in the lounge, I was only trying their new Tilting Strawberry Cider on Sunday! Very nice….

  • where2travel says:

    Oh my, if this dump is an improvement on the previous one, I simply cannot imagine what it was like before (although I’m sure I must have used it at some point). I’m here now, and admittedly it’s Friday evening so peak time but it’s bedlam. Difficult to find a seat, pushing past people to get anywhere and a weary selection of warm “cold” drinks.

    I bet they make a tidy profit here with people buying alcohol as it can’t cost them much.

    It looks more relaxed on the main concourse.

  • They do restrict how far in advance of your train you can enjoy the Euston lounge.

    • Rob says:

      2 hours (1 hour at Thu and Fri peak) – hard to imagine anyone wanting to spend more than 2 hours there!