One of my favourite London hotels invited me round for cocktails and canapes last night. Part of the luxury Corinthia Hotels brand, the Corinthia London is their flagship property. Dating from 1885 and previously used as government offices, it has been sympathetically restored to retain and enhance its original features.
The former ballroom is a perfect meetings or wedding space and has access to their lovely heated courtyard. The lobby has the most amazing Baccarat crystal sculpture – they even had to invent a special machine to clean it.
The Musician’s Penthouse is spread over 2 floors, with a Steinway piano in the lounge. The view from the roof terrace is fabulous – look one way and you see the London Eye, look the other way and you see the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. All the bedrooms are sizeable though, at 45 square metres on average, and include useful features like round tables rather than desks.
The spa, ESPA Life, is truly impressive and covers 4 floors. I don’t have any photos as you can’t look around, but I’ve been before and in my opinion it’s the best in London.
Canapes were healthy with delicate seasoning to bring out flavour. The 2 restaurants are beautiful – Massimo has a very subtle nautical theme and Northhall is a great spot for relaxed dining. They also have 2 private dining rooms, my favourite being the Chef’s Table where you can see the chef at work. I hear that their free-flowing champagne brunches are legendary! I’ve since returned to The Corinthia London for a fabulous hair styling masterclass with Ricky from Daniel Galvin, the Corinthia’s in-house hair salon – definitely an unmissable experience!