Focus On: Corinthia London
By Angela Fairhurst
In the heart of Westminster, wedged between Trafalgar Square, the Royal Horse Guards and The River Thames is the Corinthia Hotel London, the London hotel for those who want to be immersed in luxury while located in the thick of things. The striking triangular-shaped building was originally built in 1885 and renovated to perfection in 2011, restoring the Victorian columns and tall windows and adding many modern conveniences.
Amongst the largest guest quarters found in London, there are 283 rooms including 51 suites and seven penthouses. Cutting-edge technology in guest and meeting rooms allows for recording, mixing and broadcasting from dedicated media spaces. Recently, Corinthia Hotel London announced the unveiling of eleven new ‘Garden’ and ‘London’ suites, offering guests an even wider range of luxurious rooms to choose from when staying at the flagship property.
Among only a few top tier opulent suites available in London, the Corinthia’s seven ultra-posh Penthouses are built over two floors connected by a private internal lift and built within the turrets of the grand Victorian building. Each suite has its own theme around personalities typically living in affluent London, including royalty, high society, explorers, actors, musicians, writers and politicians, all reflected in a distinct style, shape, and unique hand-crafted special finishes. The bathrooms all have under-floor heating and utilize different marble or granite.
The hotel has two restaurants including Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, the first London restaurant from Michelin Star chef Tom Kerridge and The Northhall, serving fine European cuisine. There is also the New Orleans jazz-influenced Bassoon Bar.
The hotel serves up a special Baccarat crystal flute-served Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Crystal Moon Lounge every afternoon, which includes finger sandwiches, scones and fine pastries and cakes on hand-painted bone china specially commissioned by Richard Brendon.
The hotel is home to the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, a spa housed across four floors, with a hair salon by Daniel Galvin, a touch of which all guests get to experience because all the bathrooms at the hotel feature amenities by ESPA Life.