Review: the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3
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This is our review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3.
With Virgin Atlantic now having sent two Clubhouse passes to all Flying Club Silver members we thought it was worth doing another ‘proper’ review of the flagship Clubhouse at Heathrow.
Anika last reviewed the lounge some time ago in 2018. It goes without saying that a lot has changed since then, although as you’ll see below, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse remains a fantastic lounge.
Where is the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow?
All of Virgin Atlantic’s flights depart from Heathrow Terminal 3. This is the same terminal used by Delta as well as many other oneworld airlines including Cathay Pacific, Qantas, American Airlines and even some British Airways flights.
The Virgin and Delta side of the terminal is clearly marked:
Once you clear security you follow the signs for ‘Lounge H’, which is located by the walkway to gates 13-22. This is also where the American Airlines Admirals Club is located.
Inside the Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow
The Clubhouse is on the first floor, accessible via these classy stairs (or a lift):
At the top you are greeted by Virgin Atlantic staff who will check you into the lounge. If you have a Silver Clubhouse voucher just present this: you do not need to pre-book.
If it is your first time the lounge staff will give you a tour of the facilities.
The Clubhouse is very well designed. It is a fairly large, open space, but different tiers break up the room and create smaller areas to sit and relax in. It is one of the best-designed lounge spaces I have seen:
There is a bar by the window, as well as a number of quieter window seats separated by a wall of glass:
Whilst the lounge was quite busy on a Monday morning there were still plenty of quieter areas, particularly round the left-hand corner which was virtually deserted. This features some rounded booths:
…. and a dining area:
I opted to sit at bar-style seating:
There is also a mezzanine level with a pool table:
The Clubhouse is one of the only lounges at Heathrow to have a small outdoor space in the form of a terrace:
…. with some excellent views of the airport:
Back at the entrance to the lounge there is a magazine rack which I was pleased to see featured real, physical newspapers:
These have been removed from many lounges due to Covid concerns but I much prefer reading from paper than from PressReader on a phone or laptop. The selection included The Times, Daily Mail, Financial Times and a few magazines including GQ and Virgin’s own in-flight magazine.
Showers are available if you need one. Amenities are by REN Skincare and are geranium-scented.
Food and drink at the Virgin Clubhouse Heathrow T3
The entire lounge is table service. You can order by scanning a QR code or one of the fantastic lounge staff can take your order. In many cases the lounge staff reach you before you can get your phone out to scan the code.
In the mornings the menu includes a range of breakfast items, including a sausage or bacon breakfast roll, eggs benedict/florentine/royale and a full English breakfast (as well as a veggie option). You can also order porridge, toast etc as well as grab a range of cereals, yoghurt, pastries or cold cuts from the food bar:
I always go for the eggs royale in the Clubhouse, which is very good:
Champagne is Laurent Perrier Brut. Prosecco and sparkling wine (English, I imagine) is also on offer. Your glass will never be empty – staff will constantly top you up.
What has changed since covid?
New additions to the Clubhouse include three Peloton bikes, with fantastic views across the tarmac:
…. and a new ‘snooze’ area:
These have replaced the hair salon and spa, respectively.
I asked one of the lounge staff how often they had seen people use the bikes and their answer was ‘not many’. This is not particularly surprising – I think most people use airport lounges as places to relax, get work done or celebrate.
A workout won’t be top of mind for most people and the the Peletons appear to be more of a PR stunt than anything else, although I would be more inclined to exercise on a connecting flight than if I were just departing from London.
The spa is a real loss and it’s not clear whether this will return in time.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow is one of my favourite lounges worldwide. It gets pretty much everything right, from a well designed space to an excellent food offering and proper table service.
The staff are fantastic too – friendly, personable, and ready to top up your drink at a moment’s notice.
Heathrow Terminal 3 has perhaps the highest concentration of excellent lounges worldwide, but the Clubhouse holds it own – different, but on par with the Cathay Pacific, Qantas and American Express Centurion lounges.
Travelling from Heathrow Terminal 3? Here are your lounge options ….
Heathrow’s Terminal 3 has one of the highest concentration of premium lounges of any terminal in the world.
Our overview of the best airline lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3 is here, or you can read individual reviews of all the lounges here:
- American Express Centurion lounge review
- American Airlines Admirals Club lounge review
- American Airlines First Class lounge review
- British Airways Galleries First lounge review
- British Airways Galleries Club (business class) lounge review
- Cathay Pacific Business Class lounge review
- Cathay Pacific First Class lounge review
- Club Aspire lounge review
- Emirates lounge review
- No1 Lounge review
- Qantas London Lounge review
- Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse review
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. Apply here.
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard
A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Virgin Points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)