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My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Liverpool Lime Street

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This is my review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Liverpool Lime Street.

This was the last stop on my whistle-stop tour of Virgin Trains lounges!  We never planned to do this but it just happened that I needed to be in Manchester and Liverpool in the same month.  I’ve already covered the lounges at Kings Cross and Manchester Piccadilly and Rob covered Euston last year.

The Virgin Trains lounge at Liverpool Lime Street station is very small but cute.  Located right next to the main Virgin train platforms, it takes literally 2 minutes to get from the lounge to the train.

There are no staff in the lounge and in order to access it you need to ring the door bell and hold your ticket in front of a camera.

virgin train lounge liverpool street lime street station location exterior

I don’t know how busy the lounge gets during the week, but as it was a Sunday afternoon the lounge wasn’t busy at all:

virgin train lounge liverpool street lime street station

The coffee machine, cups and drink selection was the same as in all other Virgin lounges I have been touring this month:

virgin train lounge liverpool street lime street station coffee machine drinks

Surprisingly the snack selection was better than in Kings Cross or Euston.  It was almost as good as the Manchester Piccadilly lounge. (Anyone else addicted to those chocolate biscuits???)

virgin train lounge liverpool street lime street station snack selection

The lounge was very bright and definitely had enough sitting space despite its small size:

virgin train lounge liverpool street lime street station shelves

The Virgin lounge at Liverpool Lime street station is not the biggest and most impressive one on the network, but it’s good enough to grab a coffee and a snack before getting on the train.  The fact that it’s right outside the platform is an added bonus, and it is another incentive to pay the relatively modest supplement needed for a First Class ticket outside peak periods.

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

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  1. Cheshire Pete says:

    Yes it sits about halfway up platforms 7 & 8. It’s far fetched saying its 2 minutes to the platform, it is literally out the door and you step onto the platform!

    • well.. you have to get up, get your stuff, open the door, and get on the train – that roughly takes 2 minutes 😉

  2. Genghis says:

    I think you need to visit the Darlington Virgin East Coast lounge. Even after the renovation in March / April, it’s still a bit of a depressing space IMO.

    • *Darlington* has a lounge? Things must have changed since I had to visit there occasionally by train.

  3. Lady London says:

    Good heavens! Those pictures look a lot better than some of the pictures of British Airways lounges, Anika.

    Does anyone know are these rail lounges included in the general Virgin lounge access? Or is access strictly by rail ticket.

  4. Michael says:

    I’ve used the Liverpool lounge before a train journey and it’s really nice, though only the stools in the window have plug sockets, not the sofas. Take a look at the crisps in your photos-the Liverpool lounge ones are from a local firm, different from your Manchester ones. Really nice to see Virgin supporting local suppliers.

    • Aeronaut says:

      That’s good re the local suppliers.

      Is there any fruit? Doesn’t appear to be… I guess having perishable items would be a bit too complicated for a small lounge like this. How about any snack bags of dried fruit?

  5. How does it get re stocked etc?

    • A Virgin empoloyee checks it frequently, clears up an re-stocks. They have a similar lounge at Crewe. Usually very peaceful

      • And likewise at Birmingham Int’l, upstairs on the main concourse, not at the platform level.

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