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American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow (LHR)

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American Express has opened its latest Centurion Lounge in London, at London’s busiest airport, Heathrow (LHR). The opening is the third Centurion Lounge opening this year (behind Denver (DEN) and the new location at New York’s LaGuardia (LGA)), and mark’s American Express’ first lounge in Europe, with more to hopefully come soon.

 

What Is the Centurion Lounge?

The Centurion Lounge network is a premium set of lounges reserved for American Express’ top-tier cardmembers. Inside the lounges are showers, full buffets of food, a complimentary open bar, and, in some lounges, special features such as spa services, game rooms, taprooms, and more. The Centurion Lounge network is regarded as one of the most premium lounge experiences worldwide, accessible by eligible American Express cardholders.

Where Is the Lounge Located?

The lounge is located in Terminal 3 of Heathrow, home to airlines such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and Virgin Atlantic, among others.

After you pass through security, head to the large shopping atrium where you’ll take an elevator upstairs. If you’ve hit the lounges for other major airlines, including American, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic, you’ve gone too far, so turn around.

Hot Tip: Transiting through Heathrow or flying out of a different terminal? Check out our guide on how to get between terminals at London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

What’s Inside?

Centurion Lounge London
While the lounge will have decor similar to other Centurion Lounges, you’ll find unique British touches throughout. Image Credit: American Express

The lounge will look very similar to most other Centurion Lounges, which is nice from an aesthetic and branding standpoint. The space is around 7,000 square feet, and while this isn’t the biggest lounge in the network, it should hopefully be enough to handle everyone transiting through.

There’s a number of features American Express has highlighted in the new facilities including:

  • Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-style food from Executive Chef Assaf Granit — expect some real fan favorites, including: “homemade Kubalah bread, fried pita chips with tahini, shakshukit, a beef and lamb dish with confit tomatoes and tahini, and for dessert and an “Oh ‘My Baklava’” olive oil cake with pistachio anglaise and rose water diplomat.”
  • Playing off of the location, there will be a tea cart featuring both hot and cold teas, pastries, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic local drinks.
  • A selection of high-end British art is visible throughout the lounge as well as local toiletries.

Bottom Line: For more information, check out our full review of the American Express Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow.

Final Thoughts

The new American Express Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow is a welcome addition to the many lounges in Terminal 3. This new facility will be a great alternative to airline-specific lounges and you’ll find plenty of new amenities inside, including the unique tea cart throughout the day. Be sure to check out the new Centurion Lounge London on your next visit to the British city.

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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