Virgin Atlantic opens cutting-edge Business Class lounge

Virgin Atlantic Airways launches its revamped business class lounge, The Clubhouse, at Heathrow Airport this week, with interiors designed by Softroom, in conjunction with the airline’s in-house design team.

According to a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman, the space has been designed to resemble a private members club and features predominantly natural materials, including wood and leather.

A 14m cocktail bar, with a backlit marble counter and barstools designed by Pearson Lloyd, is at the centre of the space. A graduated pink glass wall, set at an angle, separates the main lounge from a conservatory area.

The airline has also teamed up with Soho House spa brand Cowshed to offer a spa facility, the first time a space with multiple brands has featured in Virgin’s Clubhouse. The spa has a Japanese feel, with slate floors, black glass mosaic tiles and an autumnal colour scheme. It features the airport’s first sauna and spa pool. Passengers enter the lounge via an Italian marble stairway, featuring leather handrails by Bill Amberg and a chandelier from Chris Levine. Lighting throughout The Clubhouse is by Isometrix.

The launch is the first phase in a larger revamp of the airline’s Heathrow lounge. A second phase that will double the size of the space will launch in December.

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