My Virgin Trains Ticket Trip to London, a Fun Experience!
You may wonder whether this was my first virgin trains ticket to London? Indeed whether I have ever used virgin trains services before…And the answer to that is No and no! I have been traversing the north south trail for years on Virgin trains, and yet this was truly a unique experience, and definitely not gonna be the last! I also use various virgin trains best fare finder tools. And I have become adept and cracking the deal. Trust me this depends on virgin train times and prices. whether you wish to travel off-peak or during peak travel hours.
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This is a really light post …pour your fav bev, sit back and enjoy 🙂
I booked an advance first class Virgin trains ticket for a business trip to London after a comparison of the National Train Inquiries, the train line and our Travel App. And that’s how you can get a fab value for money deal, by booking in advance, at least a minimum of 7 days before your trip. Comparing sites and Not forgetting clearing that cache if you ever booked a train ticket on your pc before, learn why here, seriously. 😉
Anyway, I got a great deal for a virgin trains first class fare at £162 return. Normally that would cost anywhere from £320. The price of a scheduled flight on the continent don’t you think!
So you can see why I was super glad at the price I got!
The day dawned and I set off in the wee hours of the morning for the 5:45am first train out of Liverpool Lime Street station to London Euston. I was not surprised that the first class coaches were full, they usually are. It was too early for the Virgin Trains First class lounge at the Liverpool station, so it was not yet open. But I did find the London Euston lounge open for business when we arrived.
Let’s talk about the Virgin Trains Tickets and First class coaches.
They are clean, contemporary and spacious with complimentary Wi-Fi. And so they should at the price. We were offered and I opted for a full English You could go for a Continental breakfast on the First class coaches. I sat back to enjoy my full English breakfast buffet. We got to London after a 2hr relaxed and uneventful journey just before 8am. Since I had some time to spare, I took myself off to the Virgin First class Lounge to refresh and read a newspaper or two. There was a Breakfast buffet on offer here too and I had some porridge oats to warm up from the winter chill. I had over an hour before I set off for my London business meeting. I had a relaxed and filling outward Virgin train to London first leg I think!
One of the things I had planned on doing in London time permitting was grab lunch at any of the qualifying restaurants and earn Travel dollars via Our travel club. Thats FREE TRAVEL CASH…and I love Freebies. Who doesn’t! Unfortunately time wasn’t on my side. I had back to back meetings all day. After my meeting (which went great by the way), in the evening, I headed back to London Euston and the Virgin trains lounge. Let me tell you a lil more about it.
The Virgin Trains First Class London Euston Lounge:
The lounge has all the facilities you need to refresh. You have access to showers with clean fluffy towels to refresh from your long train ride or even flight. The washrooms or toilets were very clean. You can sit in the public seating area and grab a pod if yo can find one & get some more work done. Or head to the secluded business centre where you aren’t allowed to chat on your phone, Its meant to be the quiet space while in the lounge:
Of an evening one has a choice of complimentary tea and coffee with cakes and snacks. Alcohol is for sale. And you already know they serve a full breakfast buffet in the morning too. I believe they also serve snacks all day!
So back on the train I got heading for home as I didn’t have much time…
On the return journey, Virgin First class offered hot and cold meal options. I opted for a “scouse dinner” See images below. My Julie loves Scouse and I bet she would say her’s is the best…I love my life so am not comparing. 😉 You can try out the recipe for scouse here. I washed the delicious scouse down with a beer. And felt that all I needed was a blanket and I could sleep till tmr. 🙂
So by now you are wondering; why was this trip so unique that I am sharing it?
Well I know the Virgin staff are always friendly and courteous but on this occasion I saw their funnier, great sense of humour too. While I was having my dinner, I asked for a toothpick. Put it down to habit…Long story! One of the staff with a huge belly laugh cracked a joke saying “you know you could use your finger nails” As he passed me the toothpicks…That reeled me into bouts of laughter, you know many people simply do that. Heck I too sometimes do, in private though. I retorted that since my nails are nicely manicured by my lovely wife, I can’t possibly pick at the scouse in there…That got him rolling with laughter…
See “scouse” or “scouser” also means a resident of Liverpool. He goes; how many are in there then…I knew exactly what he meant (Liverpool humour) so I laughed along with him…I doubt you can count them I good-naturedly retorted. Anyway we arrived at Lime Street and wished each other a good night. He admitted that usually most travellers are too busy in their laptops or books to chat. I appreciated his service and sense of humour and went my way too…
As I sat in my cab home, I pondered on how another or even I could have responded to his joke. Depending on how well the meeting went I bet. So was it the Virgin Train to London staff or was it me in a great mood…You decide! Enjoy some more of my……… trip in full colour below xoxo
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