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Amer­i­can Ex­press Cen­tu­rion Lounge, Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional, Emi­rates Lounge, Lon­don Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 3

BACK­GROUND Un­veiled last Septem­ber, the 8,000-square-foot Cen­tu­rion lounge was the first to open out­side of the US (ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions in­clude Mi­ami, San Fran­cisco, Seat­tle, Hous­ton and Dal­las). It’s near Gate 61 in Ter­mi­nal 1. The bright, open re­cep­tion stands be­hind slid­ing glass doors, in front of a “liv­ing wall” of fo­liage. Amex plat­inum card and Cen­tu­rion mem­bers get free ac­cess for them­selves and up to two guests. One-day passes for ad­di­tional guests cost $50.

W H AT ’ S IT LIKE To reach the main part of the lounge, guests walk down an open cor­ri­dor with views over the concourse. On the way is a read­ing and meet­ing room con­tain­ing a long ta­ble, TV and com­puter bar, as well as a pri­vate phone room.

The cen­tral part of the lounge fea­tures restau­rant seat­ing, a staffed bar and a buf­fet of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional dishes. The break­fast menu, avail­able un­til 11:00 AM, fea­tures French toast with maple syrup and mixed berry com­pote, and as­sorted dim sum. Lunch and din­ner op­tions in­clude gnoc­chi with tomato sauce or pan-fried sole fil­let with caper cream sauce. A free bar serves sig­na­ture cock­tails in­spired by the sur­round­ing re­gion, and there’s a good wine se­lec­tion cho­sen by ex­pert An­thony Giglio of Food & Wine mag­a­zine.

There is one uni­sex shower cu­bi­cle with L’Oc­c­i­tane ameni­ties. A more pri­vate area is ex­clu­sively avail­able for Cen­tu­rion mem­bers and their guests. This in­cludes more seat­ing op­tions and staff to help with any travel or card ser­vice re­quests. The sec­tion also fea­tures an à la carte menu cre­ated by Chef Lau Yiu Fai of the Miche­lin-starred Yan Toh Heen restau­rant at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Hong Kong. Can­tonese dishes in­clude spring rolls with kim­chi and pork, prawns with black truf­fle, and baked egg tartlets with bird’s nest. VER­DICT The menu was a high­light, while the open de­sign and color scheme cre­ate a stylish place to re­lax. The lounge is a great perk for Amex plat­inum and Cen­tu­rion mem­bers.

The pri­vate Cen­tu­rion area fea­tures an à la carte menu cre­ated by chef Lau Yiu Fai of Miche­lin-starred Yan Toh Heen restau­rant

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