American Express announced in 2018 that the Centurion Lounge would open in London. The lounge was originally scheduled to open in 2019. Construction was delayed, then the pandemic struck, which reduced the demand for the lounge. The lounge is now open!
The basics of the new Heathrow Centurion Lounge
American Express opened the Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) today, Tuesday, October 12, 2021. This is the first Centurion Lounge opened in Europe and the second Centurion Lounge located outside of the United States. (There will also be Centurion Lounges opening soon in Australia).
The lounge measures just over 7,000 sq.ft. (650 sq.m). It is designed to reflect London's vibrancy and charm, while also incorporating the iconic features Card Members love.
Assaf Granit, Michelin-star chef at Coal Office in London, created this menu. It includes Kubalah bread, fried pita chip with tahini and shakshukit as well as a beef and lamb dish with confit tomatoes, tahini and a dessert baklava olive oil cake.
The British-inspired tea cart features a variety of hot and cold beverages, pastries, and immune booster drinks. In the mornings, there will be immunity booster drinks, mango infused water, and peach Iced Tea.
Jim Meehan will mix cocktails at the bar, and the menu will include British cocktails such as the Waynes Collins (a mashup between the White Negroni and Tom Collins).
Soapsmith, a London-based company that makes body and bath products, will offer seasonal scents.
British art and design will be represented, including a moss wall that pays homage to London's Hyde Park as well as a series architectural pencil artwork by Minty Sainbury.
Here are some photos of the lounge. It looks great and is very similar to other Centurion Lounges.
Amex Centurion Lounge Heathrow reception
Heathrow Amex Centurion Lounge seating
Amex Centurion Lounge Heathrow bar
Gallery of Amex Centurion Lounge Heathrow art
Heathrow Centurion Lounge hours and access
The new Centurion Lounge, as mentioned earlier, is located at Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport. Although many airlines use this terminal, the largest are American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. The Heathrow terminals don't have an airside connection so you won't be able access the lounge if you are departing from the terminal.
After passing security, you can take the elevators left of Flight Connections' access point in main shopping area and dining area up to Level 2.
Heathrow Amex Centurion Lounge location
The lounge is currently open from 6AM to 6PM every day, which should be sufficient time for most flights.
Centurion Lounges can be accessed by Amex Platinum members. Members can bring up to two guests (though this policy may change in 2023).
Amex Centurion Lounge London Heathrow is now open. It's the first European lounge and the only one outside of the United States. It looks great, and the food sounds amazing.
The lounge measures just over 7,000 square foot. I'm curious to see how the Centurion Lounge is compared to those in the United States.
What do you think of the Centurion Lounge LHR