The Centurion Lounge, London Heathrow, Terminal 3: Almost perfect

Back on the road, this time for personal reasons, for a quiet week in Hungary with my family-in-law.

To that end, we booked two tickets in Business on British Airways for £300each and chose to book at the Marriott Budapest which has great views of the Danube.

Here is the route followed:

#TypeReview
1LoungeThe Centurion Lounge, Londres Heathrow Terminal 3
2FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Londres Heathrow – Budapest, Airbus A320
3HotelMarriott Budapest
4TrainMAV IC First, Budapest – Debrecen
5TrainMAV IC First, Debrecen – Budapest
6RestaurantEssencia Budapest
7LoungePlatinum Lounge, Budapest T2B: Good in every way
8FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Budapest – Londres Heathrow, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary

Check-in and ground experience

48 hours before the flight, British Airways allows its passengers to upload all health documents, either directly via its website (as is the case for Budapest or Valencia) or via the VeriFLY application (as is the case for Paris).

I carry out this formality as soon as I receive the SMS and a few hours later, I receive confirmation that the documents have been validated, which will allow us to register online the next day.

As planned, we carry out this formality from H-24, and can go to the airport.

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We arrive about 2 hours before our departure. The Club check-in is deserted and the flight attendant directs us to the First counters.

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Our luggage is well checked and our boarding passes are given.

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We will use the Fast Track and be airside in less than a minute.

Location

Being in Club Europeon BA, we obviously have access to the lounge of the national airline.

Nevertheless, American Express recently announced the opening of its Centurion lounge at LHR T3, so we’re trying it out.

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The lounge is located in Zone A, on the far right of the Duty Free.

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An elevator leads to it.

Lounge design

The entrance to the lounge is really beautiful, in Centurion and American Express World Service style

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Numerous work and relaxation areas are available, as well as insulated phone booths.

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The whole thing is obviously beautifully designed, totally up to date.

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Catering

The restaurant offer is of excellent quality, all prepared by a chef.

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A full complimentary baris available, and the buffet features well-prepared and set plates, as well as an Afternoon Tea area.

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Everything was just perfect.

Bottom line

An excellent airport lounge, very exclusive. Only the blind aspect is annoying, but for everything else, it’s perfect.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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