American Express opened its latest Centurion Lounge — part of its signature airport lounge program — at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) this week as the first Centurion Lounge in Europe and American Express’ third Centurion Lounge to open this year. Find it in Terminal 3, allowing passengers to relax in more than 7,000 square feet of space all designed to reflect London’s vibrancy and charm.
Lounge access remains a top benefit for Consumer Platinum and Business Platinum Card Members and is also open to Delta Reserve SkyMiles card members.
“We are thrilled to introduce the Centurion Lounge experience to card members traveling through London’s Heathrow Airport. From bespoke interior design to signature bites from a Michelin-Star chef, we continue to raise the bar for airport lounges by providing truly unique, top-notch premium experiences,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President & General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences.
Lounge amenities include:
• Curated Global Menu by Michelin-Star Chef Assaf Granit: Chef Assaf Granit of Coal Office in London serves as the Executive Chef. Chef Assaf Granit’s menu ties back to London’s multicultural heritage through signature dishes from his top restaurants across the globe. Find his staple 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, among other choices.
• British-Inspired Tea Cart with Hot and Cold Beverage Selections: The nation’s tea tradition will be seen in the first-ever Centurion Lounge tea cart carrying local hot and cold teas as well as pastries. In the mornings, travelers can tank up on immune booster drinks, mango infused coconut water, peach iced tea and more. The bar will feature some British cocktails, like Hare of the Fog (a Negroni riff with Seedlip spirit and Aecorn aperitifs). Curated wines from France, Italy, Argentina are also on the menu.
• Seasonal Soapsmith Products by Samantha Jameson: The new lounge will host a collection of award-winning, bespoke scented bath and body care products from London-based Soapsmith. Passengers will find a line of six signature scents inspired by different areas of London and made by a family of highly skilled soapsmiths with local ingredients, all rotated seasonally.
• British Art and Design: Décor also reflects London with such presentations a moss wall that nods to London’s famous Hyde Park to a series of architectural pencil artwork by Minty Sainsbury. An art gallery curated by Art Story brings Norman Parkinson’s fashion photography as well as original pieces by Carne Griffiths and Stephen Marshall. Each artwork contains a QR code offering more about the piece and artist.
• And, of course there are 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 needs.
The Centurion Lounge at LHR marks the first Centurion Lounge to partially utilize renewable energy through newly installed solar panels in a general effort to reduce energy use across managed facilities.
Since July 1, elite card members have had access to a growing portfolio of airport lounges and new premium amenities, including more than 40 Centurion Lounge and Escape Lounges and a burgeoning list of 1,300 airport lounges across 140 countries.