Virgin Holidays to open Gatwick family lounge

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Virgin Holidays has unveiled its new V-Room lounge at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport, which is now available to book for visits from January 25. The 7,200 square feet family-friendly space is available exclusively for Virgin Holidays’ customers, and is intended to create a calming atmosphere away from the hectic airport terminal through its pastel tones, relaxation areas and extensive menus. Pre-booked visitors can pay from GB£20 (children are £12 and infants free) to sip a cocktail, enjoy a hearty breakfast and even try their hand at one of the lounge’s interactive games. For visitors who haven’t pre-booked, access costs from GB£22 on the day/£14 for children.

The V-Room is split into a number of sections, including an entertainment area where customers can practice their driving skills in the Forza racing car sled, take part in a kids vs adults table football or Xbox Kinect games, and even take the first of their holiday selfies in the dedicated booth, with their chosen destination super imposed on the background.

Above: ‘Mum I’m bored’ is something you won’t hear in the V-Room

To help parents of toddlers unwind, an immersive space created specifically for the under-fives offers a variety of touchscreen games, as well as a soft play area and slide, an arts & crafts table and TVs screening child friendly content, to ensure the little ones are kept occupied during their airport experience.

Inspired by some of the most tropical destinations, another area features cabana daybeds that can help visitors make you feel like they have already arrived on their holiday. The space is designed strictly with older guests in mind, who can relax in style with a cocktail and a magazine, before they even hit the beach.

Guests will also be able to enjoy an al-a-carte hot food menu, an extensive continental buffet offering, a gourmet coffee shop, and a pancake machine.

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