Welcome to Heathrow VIP, where the food alone is worth a visit
The ease of Heathrow’s VIP service makes for a unique airport experience – a chauffeur-driven BMW 7 Series, a private entrance, in-lounge check-in and security screening – but what really sets the service apart from other VIP offerings is the food.
Heathrow VIP (available for Business and First Class passengers) has partnered with renowned Michelin-star chef Jason Atherton, of Social Eating House, Pollen Street Social and Little Social fame, to start your journey off with a delicious pre-takeoff meal in your own private lounge.
When I arrive for a late lunch one Monday afternoon, the lounge – recently renovated by Helen Green and designed much like a hotel suite – is luxurious and soothing, a total oasis of calm. No sooner have I sat down on the plush sofa than I am offered drinks and the menu. Jason’s offerings are inspired by what’s on offer at his restaurants. Each month, the menu changes to reflect a different restaurant – next up is Hai Cenato – and what is in season, as the food uses the best British ingredients.
My August lunch was three courses of fresh, light fare, perfect before a long flight. Burrata and figs, along with a warm almond cake, were highlights, and you can expect equally delicious but slightly more autumnal fare for September. As well as choosing from Atherton’s dishes, you can also order from the Heathrow VIP exclusive menu – think mushroom and parmesan risotto and a lighter-than-air strawberry mousse. Order as many courses as you want, as many times as you want. The menu is deliberately not vast – it’s a well-curated selection of dishes the VIP customer tends to enjoy, with the understanding that should you want something off-menu, it can generally be produced.
Food is available no matter what time you fly, with afternoon tea and breakfast on offer all day. If you have a particular request – a gluten-free dish, a favourite wine – call the day before you travel and the VIP team will accommodate your request. Childrens’ food is also available. It’s a far cry from your usual pre-flight Pret sandwich – and should you wish to take a carry-on, Heathrow VIP will happily prepare a food box to go, so you can enjoy a Jason Atherton burger, 30,000 ft in the air.
Heathrow VIP is a game-changer. Your airport dining experience just got even better.