Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh

Written by Karen Bryan

I recently applied for a Virgin All Round Credit Card which offers 24 months 0% on both purchases and balance transfers (there is a 1% balance transfer fee for transfers made in the first 60 days). I plan to only use the card for purchases, as I don’t like paying balance transfer fees.

I read that one of the perks of being a Virgin Money customer is access to Virgin Money Lounges, currently located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Norwich, Manchester and London. The website says that the lounges offer comfy seats, free WiFi, hot and cold drinks, fruits, snacks and customer toilets.

I decided to try out the Virgin Money Lounge in Edinburgh. It’s located in St Andrew’s Square, just up from Princes Street.

Initially, I wondered if I’d made a mistake with the address, as from the other side of the street I couldn’t see any mention of Virgin Money on the building. I could only see signs for Rathbone investment consultants in all the windows on the ground floor. However, upon entering the building, there were signs for the Virgin Money Lounge, located on the first floor.

stairs up to virgin money lounge edinburgh

Staircase to Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh

I arrived at the Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh around 5pm on a Thursday during the Edinburgh Festival. As Virgin Money is one of the Festival sponsors, staff had started moving furniture around to prepare for a private event after the lounge closing time of 5.30pm.

Off one side of the foyer was a large room with comfy sofas and armchairs. The self-service refreshments, which comprised of a hot drinks machine, water and fruit cordials, plus fresh fruit and biscuits, were laid out in a smaller room off the other side of the foyer.

virgin money lounge edinburgh

Piano in foyer of Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh

Both members of lounge staff with whom I spoke were very welcoming and friendly. I didn’t have time to try out the free WiFi.

Prior to your first visit to a Virgin Money Lounge, you need to register online. Upon arrival, you need to show proof of your Virgin Money product and proof of ID such as a driving licence. A member of staff will then take your photo and issue you with a lounge pass.

You take one guest with you into a Virgin Money Lounge.

The Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh is open:

  • Monday to Friday – 08.30 to 17.30
  • Saturday – 10.00 to 17.00
  • Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

I’ll definitely be visiting the Virgin Money Lounge Edinburgh again any time that I’m in the city centre for a sit down and a free hot drink. But next time, I’ll arrive a bit earlier in the day, as the coffee machine is switched off at 5.15pm.

I’ve also visited the Virgin Money Lounge London Haymarket.