Relaxing in the Virgin Money Lounge London Haymarket

Written by Karen Bryan

On my recent trip to London, the Virgin Money Lounge London Haymarket was a much appreciated bolt-hole. The comfy chairs, free hot drinks, WiFi and phone charging facilities offered some welcome respite from my packed schedule.

I planned to visit the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The Haymarket lounge is conveniently located a five-minute walk from the gallery. The lounge is open seven days a week, which was handy as I visited on a Sunday.

virgin money lounge london haymarket ground floor

You enter the lounge on the ground floor, where’s there’s a piano, plenty of seating, a small kids’ play area and a self-service refreshments station with a coffee machine, fruit squashes, water, biscuits and fruit.

The cash machine looks like part of a bank vault.

virgin money lounge london haymarket bank vault csah machine

Virgin founder Richard Branson is portrayed in a wetsuit swimming with the fish in the aquarium hologram.

virgin money lounge haymarket aquarium hologram

Downstairs, which is accessible by lift, is laid out like the cabin of a plane. I didn’t find the seats there that comfortable, so I went back upstairs.

virgin money lounge london haymarket plane seats

There’s another refreshments station, as well as toilets, downstairs.

virgin money lounge london haymarket basement refreshments area

You need to be a Virgin Money customer to access the lounges. Members are allowed to take in one guest. I’ve had a Virgin Money credit card, which offers 24 months interest free on new purchases, for a a couple of months. Being able to use the lounges, also located in London Eagle Place (near Piccadilly Circus), Edinburgh, Norwich and Manchester, is a great perk.

My visit to the Virgin Money Lounge London Haymarket was very relaxing. I made myself a nice pot of tea, charged my phablet, uploaded some photos to Flickr from my camera through the free WiFi and used the toilet facilities. The three members of staff were very welcoming and friendly.