LONDON, September 23, 2015: NY-LON, The O2’s new Lounge Bar, held its official launch party last night, Tuesday 22 September.

Owned by Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines, the airline partners of The O2, NY-LON celebrates their most important travel route, New York-London.

The lounge hosted 300 guests and frequent flyers to experience the airlines’ renowned in-flight hospitality in the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue.

Bringing New York’s chic style to London’s East End, the evening’s entertainment featured live music from the iconic hip-hop DJ, Grandmaster Flash, alongside new talent and neo-soul artist, Lion Babe. Guests were welcomed with Prosecco on arrival and a selection of signature cocktails were served throughout the evening to showcase the head mixologist’s take on the classic Manhattan, Whiskey Sour and Tom Collins.

The evening’s canapés, including mac & cheese, salted cod and Brooklyn crab salad, offered guests a taste of NY-LON’s menu, which pays homage to favourite British and American dishes.

Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Marketing comments: “Delta and Virgin constantly strive to find new ways to serve our customers. NY-LON is just one example of our joint commitment to innovation that meets our guests’ needs in the air and on the ground.”

Reuben Arnold, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic adds: “It’s a fantastic space to meet friends pre- and post-concert, pop by for an afternoon coffee or even grab an after work bite to eat. More than anything, NY-LON offers a taste of the style and incredible experience you can look forward to when you fly Virgin Atlantic or Delta.”

The NY-LON lounge will be open seven days a week offering a luxurious bar with a difference. Operations behind the bar are run by Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK & Ireland. Levy is well-versed in delivering design-led concepts across a range of renowned venues throughout the UK including Somerset House.

The Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines joint venture partnership launched in 2014, creating an expanded trans-Atlantic route network, enhancing competition between the U.K. and North America and providing seamless onward connections. The partnership provides ten flights a day between London Heathrow and New York – with eight to New York-JFK and two to Newark.

For more information please visit www.ny-lon.co.uk or www.ny-lon.london. Images are also available to download from www.ny-lon.london/press.