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The American Express Centurion Lounge in Covent Garden is open – what’s inside?

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The American Express Centurion Lounge is back for 2018.  Until 16th December, the pop-up lounge is open at Unit 6, Langley Street, which is about 60 seconds walk from Covent Garden tube station.

American Express Centurion Lounge London 2018

Entry is available for all Platinum and Centurion cardholders.  There are free drinks for all – although the champagne had run out by 5pm last night when I arrived – and there is also the odd bit of free food coming round.  Click to enlarge the pictures:

American Express Centurion Lounge London 2018

There is also a gift wrapping station and, at least yesterday, an area downstairs where you could get an airline sleep mask monogrammed.

American Express Centurion Lounge London 2018

The lounge is open between 11am and 6pm.  Up to two guests are allowed per Platinum or Centurion cardholder.

Thanks to Alan for these photos, which were better than the ones I took.

American Express Centurion Lounge London 2018


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You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

American Express Business Platinum

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American Express Business Gold

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British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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Comments (124)

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  • BJ says:

    OT: How long after hitting the spend target does it take the Lloyds voucher to deposit into accounts these days; should I expect it within a few days or after the next statement is generated? Where should I look for it if it goes to BA? I don’t see a voucher section in my account there.

    • Anna says:

      They’re not going to BA, you have to call avios.com to redeem it and they should have a record of it. IIRC it’s generated with the next statement from the period in which you hit the target spend.

      • BJ says:

        Thanks Anna, so nothing has changed. Target spend transaction cleared yesterday so hopefully will have voucher after my statement next week. I plan to cancel 2x75k redemptions for £70 and bank 72k for 2021 flights after using the voucher for TYO.

        • Anna says:

          Sorry, I wasn’t clear, I think it’s the statement AFTER the one which would include the transaction which hit the 7k. I hit my last £7k early June and got my voucher at the end of July anyway. Though when they were having all the IT problems last year I rang them and they generated that one manually within about a week.

          Your maths has got me a bit confused though, where do the 72k avios come from?!

        • Shoestring says:

          cancelling reward flights & changing to 2-4-1?

        • BJ says:

          Cheers Anna. Maths current reservation I need to change is 2 x zone 7 ow CW = 2×75k = 150k. New reservation with voucher will be 2 × 39k so will 78k leaving me 72k to the good from my original 150k cancelled reservation. Shoved £5k spend through in a hurry on Curve so hopefully no nasty shocks on statement but even if there is then still under £150 to save 72k avios.

        • BJ says:

          @Harry, I need to change 2 seats to TYO from BKK. Just decided to trigger Lloyds voucher to use on new booking while options still available.

  • Clarence says:

    O/ T. Just tried to use combine my Avios to move Avios from Iberia Plus to BAEC but was told my details don’t match. I have moved Avios many times from Iberia Plus without a problem. Does anyone have a solution

    • Shoestring says:

      Open Aerclub Avios a/c on the avios.com platform. Use ID details same as on Iberia. Pull IB Avios—> Aerclub then onward —> BAEC

  • Denis says:

    O/T: SPG points from 29 Ways have just hit my account.

  • Andy says:

    OT: At the beginning of December the kitchen of the Plaza Premium LHR T4 Arrivals lounge had ‘technical problems’ (or a similarly phrased excuse) so couldn’t serve any food from the menu. They did have a reasonable selection of cold sandwiches with biscuits and tortilla chips and olives which you could help yourself to. No timescale for when the kitchen would be working again. Might be working now? It was out for at least a few days.

    • Whizz68 says:

      I went to the Plaza Premium arrivals lounge on Tuesday and the pitch was still closed.

      • Whizz68 says:

        Kitchen*

        • Andy says:

          Thanks for the update. Must be something major! Saw a mouse in there a couple of months ago on the visit before last but apparently that’s nothing new for Heathrow. So this lounge hasn’t been able to serve any hot food for two weeks then…

    • Ali says:

      Kitchen was closed on Thursday morning too. On the plus side I got to try coco pops for the first time in years…

  • Mark says:

    What’s the Louis Vuitton advert about?! What’s it got to do with points?!

    • Anna says:

      I’m sure you’d earn quite a lot of points on pretty much anything you bought from there.

    • Rob says:

      The majority of our articles are not related to points. Have you only just noticed?

    • Brian says:

      Haven’t you read the banner at the top of the page? ‘Head for Points, helping business travellers maximise their miles and find new places to buy overpriced so-called luxury goods’

      • Rob says:

        Brian … fundamentally, 80% of the UK readers of HFP are well-paid London professionals with, I’d guess, an average income in excess of £50k. That’s who we write for. You’re still welcome if that’s not you, of course, but you’re not the core.

        Something else to think about …. LVMH has a market cap almost FIFTEEN TIMES bigger than IHG (€129bn v £8bn). It is TEN TIMES bigger than IAG (€12bn market cap). LVMH, I would guess, is bigger than every quoted hotel group in the world PUT TOGETHER. It can’t be much smaller than every quoted airline group in the world PUT TOGETHER. If you think that the luxury goods market is only for a tiny niche then you are massively mistaken.

  • Delbert says:

    Great photo of Amex’s Centurion Lounge front door. It’s a work of art 🙂

  • David Griffiths says:

    Hi Rob,
    If I am not a “London professional”, though I am a BA gold card member. Would you regard me as a “ core member” Incidentally I live in Wales, and the tolls on the Severn Bridges have been done away with. First time a tax going from England to Wales across the Severn estuary has not been in existence since Roman times apparently. So if you add up all that revenue, compound it, allow for inflation, especially around the time of the Black Death, it’s probably more than LV’s capitalisation. 😏. What has this got to do with points?, not much either as in your example. Accept I suppose you did get points if you used a card payment at the tolls. Though I willl admit, this would be post Roman Empire days. Incidentally, would a Roman general, who was posted to say, a fortress at Caerleon in Wales, and who had a ton of air miles be your target market even though he was not a Londinium Professional?
    Thought of the day. Does anyone know of a professional outside the M25? 🤔

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