Tuesday, 12 October 2021

American Express Centurion Lounge opens at London Heathrow Airport

American Express has opened a new Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow Airport in Terminal 3, the first of its kind in Europe. "We are thrilled to introduce the Centurion Lounge experience to our Card Members travelling through London’s Heathrow Airport and make their return to travel even more special,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President & General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences. 

This new lounge takes up around 650 square metres and has been designed to embody London’s vibrancy and charm as well as hosting all the usual features of a first-class lounge. It is interesting to note that of all the Amex Centurion Lounges around the world,  this is the first to partially utilize renewable energy through newly installed solar panels, to partly go towards the firm's commitment to be net-zero emissions globally by 2035.
Reception area at the Centurion Lounge in London Heathrow Airport (Photo: Business Wire)

Michelin-Stared Chef Assaf Granit of Coal Office in London has created a special menu which is said to highlight rich multicultural heritage with dishes including homemade Kubalah bread, fried pita chips with tahini, shakshukit, a beef & lamb dish with confit tomatoes and tahini, and for dessert, an “Oh 'My Baklava’" olive oil cake with pistachio anglaise and rose water diplomat.

Bar area to enjoy a wide variety of beverage selections (Photo: Business Wire)

A British-Inspired Tea Cart with Hot and Cold Beverage Selections is another first at a Centurion Lounge and will be the place to go for a selection of local hot and cold teas as well as pastries. In the mornings, Card Members can stay energized during their travels with immune booster drinks, mango infused coconut water, peach iced tea and more. 

The bar will have offerings from legendary mixologist Jim Meehan, whose menu features British cocktails1 like the Wayne's Collins, a mashup of the Tom Collins and White Negroni, and non-alcoholic mixtures like the Hare of the Fog, a Negroni riff featuring England’s own Seedlip spirit and Aecorn aperitifs. The lounge will feature global wines sourced from France, Italy, Argentina, and more – exclusively selected by Wine Director Anthony Giglio.

The new lounge will have a range of award-winning, bespoke scented bath and body care products from London-based Soapsmith and the scents will be rotated seasonally in the lounge, starting with “Hackney,”.  

Art gallery to appreciate and discover London through design (Photo: Business Wire)
From a moss wall that nods to London's famous Hyde Park to a series of architectural pencil artwork by Minty Sainsbury, the lounge interior will transport guests on a journey to discover London through design. 

The lounge will feature custom furniture sourced from UK-based producers Konk, Naughtone and Deadgood and an art gallery curated by Art Story, including Norman Parkinson’s fashion photography as well as original pieces by Carne Griffiths and Stephen Marshall. Each artwork contains a QR code so Card Members can digitally engage with it and learn more about the piece and artist. The lounge will also feature luxury and modern lighting designs by Lee Broom and Tom Dixon, two of the UK’s leading product designers in lighting design.

Essentials for business and leisure travellers alike, guests can enjoy dedicated workspaces, power outlets, private phone areas, comfortable seating, wireless mobile charging, high-speed Wi-Fi and access to American Express Member Services Professionals to assist with on-site Card and travel-related services. 

“We are delighted to be the first major hub airport in Europe to host an American Express Centurion Lounge. As travel restrictions continue to ease and key markets open back up, the new Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 will be a most welcome addition for passengers in need of a quiet place to relax before setting off on their journeys,” said Fraser Brown, Director of Retail and Property at Heathrow.

Dedicated workspace for Card Members on the right  (Photo: Business Wire)

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