Virgin Upper Class: For The Very First Time


Yesterday my trip to New York City started with a chauffeur driven car to London’s Heathrow airport courtesy of Virgin Atlantic.

The car took me to Terminal 3 where Style Noir, Style Cartel and I experienced the Virgin Upper class lounge – The Virgin Clubhouse.

The lounge had a 60s feel to it with the clear acrylic ‘bubble’ chairs and the chic decor.

The vast space was split into many sections to suit every traveler including a cocktail bar which greeted us with buck fizz and orange juice.

The Deli and The Brasserie served light bites.

Comfy chairs in the Poolside Lounge is a tranquil spot for escapism and for those who have to work they could use one of the many laptop points dotted around the lounge.

The Den and Multiscreen area has a pool table and large video screens for the boys to play the latest video games.

For the girls (and guys) there is also a Spa.


We were invited to try one of the treatments in the Cowshed spa.

I opted for the hot stone foot treatment which I think I will need on the way back after spending 10 days pounding the streets of Manhattan.

They also provide massages, facials and barbering.


Before our flight we had breakfast in the lounge.

James and I opted for a good old English breakfast. Charlotte had pancakes with maple syrup and Kristen who took this photo had fried eggs and toast.

The best part of this trip was the flat beds in the upper class suite cabin. As a 5ft 11in tall woman who hadn’t slept the night before, this was the perfect way stretch out, relax and catch up on some much needed sleep.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience but I will now be envious of those who turn left on the plane, as I turn right to Economy.

Before I only guessed what I was missing. Now I know.

Thank you Virgin x

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19 Responses to Virgin Upper Class: For The Very First Time

  1. Mario February 10, 2011 at 13:18 #

    God I love you.

  2. Emi February 10, 2011 at 08:53 #

    I quite envy now… that place is gorgeous, Virgin knows how to spoil passengers. Are you going to see Bensoni, too? I like the brand, very feminine but also edgy.

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 10:35 #

      I didn’t see them on the schedule

  3. samaira February 10, 2011 at 08:22 #

    You know normally I would be a itsy bitsy bit jealous of someone experiencing such luxury and all but I am actually psyched for you getting all this, you do such a wonderful job all yr long with such passion and dedication that you totally worth all of it and then some.
    So you go girl !! bring us back some much awaited fashion 🙂

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 10:37 #

      Thank you xxx

      A lot of fashion will be coming your way 😉

      • anu February 10, 2011 at 13:26 #

        completely agree!!! i would normally get jealous.. but u totally deserve this!! hope u have all the fun in the world in NY. and that u also get some yummy goodies 😉

  4. robbie February 10, 2011 at 08:02 #

    damn girl you look amazing! very jealous of you 😉

    you mean you can get a hair cut on the plane? WOW! mmm full english breakfast even more jealous of you now.

  5. Joy February 10, 2011 at 06:05 #

    We are living vicariously through you! Thanks for being my favorite blog for a several years now. I so look forward to your reports from fashion week!

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 10:39 #

      Thank you

  6. molly February 10, 2011 at 02:26 #

    I wish I were you right now! It sounds like your gonna have a great time! And if you dont mind my asking, do you work at a fashion magazine or design house or something? Im so excited for this week! What shows are you looking forward to the most?

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 03:23 #

      3.1 Phillip Lim as after 4 seasons of requesting I finally got an invite.

      Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung.

      Plus all the new designers

      • Lee Ann February 10, 2011 at 19:28 #

        I can’t wait to hear what you think of Oscar de la Renta-see you in Paris!

  7. Sharon February 10, 2011 at 02:13 #

    I am *so* envious, Catherine! That looks like the ultimate in airline luxury, and you look like you fit right in, Thanks for sharing something most of us will never experience.

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 03:19 #

      Hey I thought I would never experience it either so you never know

  8. Hannah February 10, 2011 at 00:14 #

    Wow that is so amazing! You totally seserved it and thankyou for giving an insight into your fabulous life, even if it is only a one time thing (so far)! You look so chic for boarding a plane, and whilst I don’t actually own ‘sweats’, I never ever look even a quarter as glamorous as any of you! I hope you had a great flight and ahve a wonderful time in New York, I just cannot wait for fashion week to start!

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 00:21 #

      I normally do sweats, but I didn’t want to lower the tone 🙂

  9. Catherine Day February 10, 2011 at 00:11 #

    Wow, that sounds, and looks, incredible!

  10. Ethne Blist February 10, 2011 at 00:00 #

    Catherine has anyone told you you are a glamour queen? That rolling hair, chic orange dress that complements your skin tone and that perfect smile?

    • Fashion Critic February 10, 2011 at 00:02 #

      I wish 😉 but thank you. You are so sweet xxx

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