In 2018, American Express announced that a Centurion Lounge would be coming to London. The lounge was initially supposed to open in 2019. I believe construction was delayed a bit, and then the pandemic hit, which greatly reduced the demand for this lounge. There’s now an update — surprise, the lounge has opened as of today!
Basics of the new Heathrow Centurion Lounge
Today (Tuesday, October 12, 2021), American Express has opened the new Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 of London Heathrow Airport (LHR). This is the first Centurion Lounge in Europe, and only the second Centurion Lounge outside the United States, after the Hong Kong location (there will be some Centurion Lounges coming to Australia soon as well).
The new lounge is just over 7,000 square feet (650 square meters), and is described as embodying “London’s vibrancy and charm while incorporating the signature features Card Members know and love.” Some of the unique design elements of the new Centurion Lounge include the following:
- A menu curated by Michelin-star chef Assaf Granit of Coal Office in London; dishes include Kubalah bread, fried pita chips with tahini, shakshukit, a beef & lamb dish with confit tomatoes and tahini, and a baklava olive oil cake for dessert (yum to all of that!)
- A British-inspired tea cart with a hot and cold beverage selection, as well as pastries; in the mornings there will be immune booster drinks, mango infused coconut water, and peach iced tea
- The bar will offer cocktails from mixologist Jim Meehan, with a menu featuring British cocktails like the Wayne’s Collins (a mashup of the Tom Collins and White Negroni)
- There will be seasonal scented bath and body care products from London-based Soapsmith
- There will be British art and design, from a moss wall that nods to London’s Hyde Park, to a series of architectural pencil artwork by Minty Sainsbury
Below are some pictures of the lounge — it looks nice, and ultimately quite similar to other Centurion Lounges.
Heathrow Centurion Lounge location, hours, and access
As mentioned above, the new Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport. This terminal is used by several airlines, though the biggest airlines in the terminal are American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Heathrow terminals aren’t connected airside, so you’re only going to be able to access this lounge if departing from the terminal.
After you go through security, take the elevators to the left of the Flight Connections access point in the main shopping and dining area to Level 2.
For the time being, the lounge is open daily from 6AM until 6PM, which should cover a vast majority of flights.
The Amex Centurion Lounge London Heathrow has finally opened — it’s the first lounge location in Europe, and only the second outside the United States. The lounge looks nice, and the food sounds delicious, and right up my alley.
That being said, at just over 7,000 square feet, the lounge isn’t exactly huge. I’m curious to see if the Centurion Lounge ends up being as crowded as those in the United States, or if it doesn’t get quite as packed, since the Amex Platinum isn’t quite as popular in the UK as is in the US.
What do you make of the new Centurion Lounge LHR?