New Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Opens at LAX

Apr 29, 2015

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Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse airport lounges are routinely voted among the best in the world thanks to great amenities like Bumble & Bumble salons, spas with products like Truefitt & Hill and Dr. Hauschka, pool tables, shoe-shine stations and even a hot tub at the Heathrow hub.

The airline currently fields Clubhouses at Heathrow and Gatwick in London, at New York JFK and Newark, Washington Dulles, San Francisco, Boston, Johannesburg, and Hong Kong.

The airline opened its newest Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX ) yesterday to coincide with its launch of Boeing 787-9 service from London-Los Angeles on May 5, and we got a couple of sneak peek photos from the airline.

The new lounge, which is reported to have cost nearly $4 million, is located in Terminal 2 and faces northeast, overlooking one set of the airport’s runways and the Hollywood Hills. It’s about 4,000 square feet, and was designed by the same team at the airline and Slade Architecture, as the other Clubhouses at JFK and Newark.

The main lounge area. Photo courtesy of Virgin Atlantic.
The main lounge area. Photo courtesy of Virgin Atlantic.

Each Clubhouse is slightly unique and meant to reference the city in which it is found, so this new one has design elements meant to reference the West Coast landscape, like gold accents to reflect the SoCal sunshine and a piece of installation art by California artist Diana Reichenbach, as well as works by British artists.

As for the other amenities, the lounge offers high-speed WiFi, of course, an apothecary-inspired bar with signature cocktails, and juice options (it’s L.A., after all) infused with seed and spice add-ons. For the food component, the lounge has partnered with LA hotspot Hinoki & the Bird on an entirely new full-service menu that includes three of the restaurant’s signature dishes and three cocktails, as well as a wider range of small-plate options.

No details on whether the airline plans to add spa amenities like it offers at some of its other Clubhouses, but given this lounge’s small size, that doesn’t look likely.

If you want access, you’ll either need to be flying Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, or be a Flying Club Gold member or Delta SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum or Gold Medallion elite flying on a Virgin Atlantic-operated flight.

For more info on TPG’s experiences flying Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and experiencing their lounges, check out these posts:

Meanwhile, if you pass through the lounge during a layover at LAX, leave a comment letting us know how it is!

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