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American Express Opens Doors To Europe's First Centurion Lounge At Heathrow

American Express has announced the opening of the Centurion Lounge, part of its exclusive airport lounge program, at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Located in Terminal 3, the lounge will be the first Centurion Lounge in Europe and the third American Express Centurion Lounge to open this year, as per a Business Wire report.

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"We are delighted to bring the Centurion Lounge experience to our cardholders transiting through Heathrow Airport, and to make the resumption of travel even more exceptional for them," said Pablo Rivero, Vice President and General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences. "In a custom-designed interior, our Michelin-starred chef will offer you an exclusive menu. We are thus raising the bar even higher with unparalleled premium experiences."

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Spanning over 7,000 square feet (650 square meters), the new lounge will embody the vibrancy and charm of London, while incorporating key brand features that members know and love. This new space will benefit from local design elements and unique services, in particular:

  • A menu signed by Michelin-starred chef Assaf Granit: Assaf Granit (Coal Office, London) will serve as executive chef. Its menu is inspired by London's multicultural heritage, with exclusive dishes from its finest restaurants. Among the dishes on offer are homemade Kubalah bread, tahini pita fries, shakshukit (a dish made with beef and lamb accompanied by candied tomatoes and tahini), and for dessert, cake with olive oil. "Oh 'My Baklava'" olive and its pistachio custard or the rosewater diplomat.

  • A selection of very British teas and drinks: To celebrate the traditional tea time, the selection of the Centurion Lounge will offer a choice of hot and cold teas as well as pastries. In the morning, our members can pick up their strength with immune-boosting drinks, mango-infused coconut water, peach iced tea, and more. At the helm of the bar, the essential mixologist Jim Meehan will offer British cocktails like Wayne's Collins, a blend of Tom Collins and White Negroni, as well as non-alcoholic drinks like Hare of the Fog, a cocktail made from Negroni and the traditional English spirit Seedlip, as well as Aecorn Aperitifs. The show will feature wines from France, Italy, Argentina, and more - selected exclusively by sommelier Anthony Giglio.

  • Seasonal Soapsmith Products by Samantha Jameson: The new lounge will feature a collection of award-winning scented bath and body products from Londoner Soapsmith. Founder Samantha Jameson's six exclusive fragrances have their roots in different areas of London and are crafted from local ingredients and by a team of highly skilled soap makers. These perfumes will follow the rhythms of the seasons in the living room, starting with "Hackney", a tribute from Samantha to the neighborhood of her childhood.

  • British influenced art and design: With a moss wall nodding to Hyde Park, or a series of signature pencil architectural works by Minty Sainsbury, the interior of the living room will lead guests to explore London through design. The lounge will be outfitted with bespoke furniture from UK manufacturers Konk, Naughtone, and Deadgood, as well as an art gallery by Art Story, including fashion photography by Norman Parkinson as well as original artwork by Carne Griffiths and Stephen Marshall. Each piece contains a QR code allowing members to interact digitally and discover more in-depth its history and the artist. The living room will also be fitted with modern yet luxurious lighting designed by Lee Broom and Tom Dixon.

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Whether you are a business or leisure traveler, you will have access to workspaces, power outlets, private telephone zones, comfortable seats, mobile charging stations, high-speed wifi, and exclusive services. of our American Express Member Services Professionals. Since health and safety remain our top priority, the" Centurion® Lounge Commitment " measures are also deployed in the lounge, in particular an increased frequency of cleaning and the obligation to wear a mask.

"We are delighted to be the first major airport hub in Europe to host an American Express Centurion Lounge. As travel restrictions continue to ease and key markets reopen, the new Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 will be a welcome asset for passengers seeking peace before their departure, "said Fraser Brown, Director of Retail and Real Estate, Heathrow.

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The Centurion Lounge at LHR will also be the first to use renewable energy through its solar panels. The eco-friendly design is in line with American Express's 2025 environmental goals to reduce energy use at its managed facilities, and the recent announcement to commit to net zero at a global scale by 2035.

Lounge access continues to be a premium travel benefit for cardholders and American Express. As of July 1, Consumer Platinum and Business Platinum Card® members have access to even more premium lounges and facilities, including 40 new Centurion Lounge and Escape Lounges - The Centurion® Studio Partner globally. With more than 1,300 airport lounges in 140 countries, the American Express Global Lounge Collection® program offers Platinum cardholders access to a network of lounges that is larger than any other credit card on the market.

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