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Oculus Lounge

At the heart of the original India Buildings, lining the top of Victoria Street, lies our impressive Oculus Lounge.

Follow our red staircase from the front door and you’ll find a three-tiered domed rotunda with decorative original tiling and circular cast iron balustrades which have been loving restored to their former glory creating a beautiful light-filled space that looks and feels as special as the history behind it.

Opening Times

Cosy up all day, relax and recharge

Afternoon Tea
Saturdays & Sundays:
12:00- 15:00

27 May Bank Holiday Monday

Find Us

1, India Buildings, 
Victoria St, Edinburgh


Afternoon Tea

Saturday & Sunday | 12:00- 15:00

Delight in the elegance of Afternoon Tea in the enchanting Oculus lounge. Join us every Saturday and Sunday for a refined experience featuring finely brewed teas paired with exquisite pastries. Indulge in sophistication and charm as you elevate your weekend with a touch of luxury.

Priced at £35 per person
+£18.50 to add a glass of champagne

For reservations, please email


27 May Bank Holiday Monday I 12:00 - 15:00

To help spend the May holidays with extra sophistication and charm, we’re extending Afternoon Tea beyond the weekends to also be available on the May holiday Monday on the 27th May.

Plus! To make it extra special, guests who book for the Monday date can enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz to celebrate in style.

Artist in Residence

Weekends | 12pm - 3pm | Unicorn Room

We're thrilled to introduce our Artist in Residence programme aimed at supporting Edinburgh's vibrant art scene & creative community. We've selected a young graduate from The Glasgow School of Art as our inaugural resident artist, setting up Studio in our Unicorn Room tucked away in one of The Historic Old Town turrets on the 10th floor of the hotel.

Applications are now open for future aspiring artists that would like to be considered for Virgin Hotels Edinburgh’s Artist in Residence initiative. Email for an application form.



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