Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse: Shiny, very shiny

by Sasha Wilkins on February 17, 2011 · 21 comments

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Given a choice, I would rather plump for the airport experience above (Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Clubhouse, LHR), rather than the one below (Newark Liberty Hellhole). Unfortunately it’snot nearly often enough (IMHO) that I get the Eames chair rather than the plastic bucket seat.

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There are many downsides to the flying experience and airports, with their seething crowds, screaming infants, confused travellers and assembly line catering. As above at Newark, possibly the most depressing of major international airports.

And then there are the occasional upsides. Like last week when Virgin kindly gave me access to their Clubhouse at Heathrow, an airline lounge that has reached almost mythical status, due in part to its Bumble + Bumble hair salon, Cowshed spa treatments, delicious food and design that looks, well, designed, rather than taken from an East Berlin design textbook circa 1970.

Ah, yes. Did I mention the food?

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Now that’s what I call breakfast.

I admit it. I am easily bribed: feed me & I am yours but, even though I was in the Clubhouse to ostensibly check it out for LLG, I can honestly report that I would have been quite happy to curl up in my Eames recliner and hang out for the rest of the day – as opposed to grumpily hauling my ass and my cases out the door and onto the plane to JFK.

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I mean what’s not to like about piles of free papers and magazines. I did not sully my paws with The Daily Mail, but I did liberate Hello! (In the same way that calories do not count in the air, neither does reading Hello!.)

And then they gave me an unexpected & unasked for upgrade to Premium Economy at the gate. Thank you Virgin Atlantic for making my day so very much nicer.

LLG bought her own ticket to NYC, but Virgin polished it up for her.

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michelle gregory February 17, 2011 at 05:44

Just perfect, when I finally go to New York, I’m going to fly Virgin Atlantic! Its all about the attention to detail.

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 21:13

You should, you should! LLGxx

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Helena Halme February 17, 2011 at 06:22

Looks lovely. I’ve flown Virgin to NYC only once years ago in the days when there was ‘free entertainment’ in the tourist cabin. On our flight it was a cast member of the original Fame film (who shall remain anonymous). Unfortunately the performer had rather overdone the pre- & in-flight hospitality and the singing and dancing in the aisles (yes, really) was a tad off balance. I shall never forget that flight, though.

Helena xx

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 21:13

oh I WISH they still did that! LLGxx

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K-line February 17, 2011 at 09:30

I was right there (Newark not lounge) 3 days ago. That sad little photo sums it up.

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 21:12

Oh it’s GRIM, isn’t it? LLGxx

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Aja February 17, 2011 at 10:36

Polished it up. I like that! I have definitely resorted to sweet bribery to have my plane tickets polished up. Often, I just happen to have an extra box of chocolates in my carry on (no joke).

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 21:11

I have to say I’ve never tried bribery! LLGxx

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Miss Whistle February 17, 2011 at 13:27

You are so right. My children insist that we go early to the airport so that they can hang in the Virgin lounge. I’m just hoping that those airline miles amassed from business trips don’t run out too fast. Added bonus: Free copies of Hello magazine — my hideous little secret.
Happy Thursday LLG.
x

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 18:11

Clever children! (But then we knew that already!) Here’s to our guilty pleasures my dear LLGxx

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annie February 17, 2011 at 14:37

breakfast looks delish! the tomatoes are the cutest!

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 18:10

And tasted just as good as they looked too! LLGxx

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MotherofStyle February 17, 2011 at 15:04

Fun!

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Bec February 17, 2011 at 15:38

Mmmm, looks good!
I really wanted to ask you, how did you stop smoking? I saw some pics of you with cigs but you don’t seem to now. Just looking for inspiration :)

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 18:12

I stopped smoking maybe seven years ago, literally overnight. I went away to India with my parents and none of my usual social triggers were there, I guess LLGxx

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Lolly February 17, 2011 at 16:43

I could NOT love Virgin more!! The Heathrow lounge, the special line at the airport, the upper class, the premium economy… They should really be an example to the airline industry on how to treat their customers. If only…

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LLG February 17, 2011 at 18:12

I have to say, I’m with you! LLGxx

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Ambu February 17, 2011 at 23:59

Richard Branson does everything with style…it adds to the allure of Virgin. If you ever go to India, fly Kingfisher, it is on the same pattern as Virgin and the owner Vijay Mallya is as flamboyant as Branson!!

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