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American Express Plans Centurion Lounge for London Heathrow

American Express Plans Centurion Lounge for London Heathrow

American Express said it will open a new Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow International Airport as well as one at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
The Heathrow location will be the company’s first airport lounge in Europe and second outside of the United States.
The 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) Centurion Lounge in London will be located in Terminal 3 after security.
Visitors to the lounge, which will open in 2019, will have access …

EU Leaders Approve UK Brexit Plan, But the Road Ahead is Paved with Potholes

EU Leaders Approve UK Brexit Plan, But the Road Ahead is Paved with Potholes

European leaders approved on Sunday an agreement governing the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and future relations between the two.
Approved unanimously by leaders of 27 EU member nations, the deal will leave the United Kingdom in a kind of limbo in which it will be obligated to comply with most EU rules and laws through 2020 even though it will no longer be a member as of March …

Cadogan Hotel to Open in 2019 After Extensive Refurbishment

Cadogan Hotel to Open in 2019 After Extensive Refurbishment

Belmond announced that the Cadogan Hotel in London will reopen in early 2019.
The 131-year-old Cadogan Hotel closed for a $48 million restoration project in 2014. Around the same time, hotel management was assumed by Belmond, which operates 45 hotels across the globe as well as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Belmond Royal Scotsman trains.
In its earliest days, the hotel became infamous for the arrest in 1895 of frequent guest Oscar …

Major Strike Planned for London Underground Next Week

Major Strike Planned for London Underground Next Week

A major strike is set to cause significant disruptions for commuters and travelers who use the London Underground next week, with three of the Tube lines expected to be affected.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, as well as the drivers’ union Aslef, said that they plan to stage a walkout on November 7.
The 24-hour walkout by union members will shut down the Central and Waterloo & City lines, …

U.S. Citizens to be Eligible to Use U.K. Self-Service ePassport Gates

U.S. Citizens to be Eligible to Use U.K. Self-Service ePassport Gates

The United Kingdom announced plans to allow travelers from five countries, including the United States and Canada, to use ePassport gates when arriving at the country’s airports starting next year.
Chancellor to the Exchequer Philip Hammond made the announcement in the House of Commons in the course of presenting the U.K.’s budget.
“We’ll open the use of ePassport gates at Heathrow and other airports, currently only available to EEA nationals, to include …

Hilton Introduces New ‘Motto’ Brand of Hotels

Hilton Introduces New ‘Motto’ Brand of Hotels

Hilton announced the debut of a new hotel brand, Motto by Hilton. The hotelier says that Motto is an “affordable lifestyle brand.”
Motto by Hilton hotels will open in key cities across the globe. The first will open in Marylebone, London, in 2020 and will be followed by ones in Boston, Dublin, Lima, Savannah, and Washington, D.C>
The hotels will emphasize sleep providing a premium mattress, a sleep kit with eye masks, …

Marriott Hotel Park Lane Completes Major Renovation

Marriott Hotel Park Lane Completes Major Renovation

Marriott International announced the completion of an extensive refurbishment project at the Marriott Hotel Park Lane in London.
The redesigned guest rooms feature a lighter and more airy décor with cream-colored accents, bathrooms with a walk-in shower and separate tub, and Floris toiletries.
The updated Executive Lounge features dark woods and offers guests a meeting room as well as multiple food presentations throughout the day.
The hotel, which has a 24-hour fitness center …