With a stunning Belle Époque exterior dating from 1885 and now a magnificent 21st century five-star interior, the Corinthia occupies one of the finest locations in London — next to the Thames, close to the theatres and concert halls of the South Bank, yards from Trafalgar Square and the Palace of Westminster and within walking distance all of theatre land. For a stay in London this has to be the ideal address. It also has two great bars, two award-winning restaurants and a spa, ESPA Life at Corinthia, which has been showered with accolades from the day it opened.
Here there are four floors of wellness, beauty and body treatments and therapies with a wide range of packages and programmes. These focus on rehabilitation services, weight loss, detox and sleep, as well as general health and wellbeing, using complementary and alternative medicine and all the newest research findings.
There is also a swimming pool, vitality pool, a steam room and a glass amphitheatre sauna, not to mention a gym and a Spa Lounge offering healthy dishes, smoothies and wellness shots.
At some point everybody who passes through London comes to stay here — the penthouses, which are überluxe and spacious, are popular with musicians and movie stars. Otherwise the hotel attracts business guests, couples, honeymooners, groups of friends and the international traveler.
Obviously summer is busiest with tourists, but London is popular throughout the year for its history, shopping, galleries and theatre, for which the hotel’s location is ideal.
Book time so that you and your therapist can decide and choose what is best for you, your body and state of mind… and there is a wide choice of wraps and exfoliants, massages and facials. ESPA is known for its Ayurvedic-inspired rituals and its de-stressing massage for both men and women, its muscle release therapies such as its bamboo treatment (which uses bamboo sticks to roll and stretch taut muscles to improve mobility and flexibility). There is also a wide choice of facials for both men and women, as well as a host of express treatments, ‘Rush Hour Beauty’, which can be executed in 60 minutes. A Daniel Galvin hair salon and a Nail Studio are all on hand to ensure a perfect night out.
With all of London outside the front door, most guests are spoilt for choice. Both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are a short walk away, and the National Theatre and Festival Hall a short walk across Hungerford Bridge, which brings the best in theatre and music close while you can enjoy great views of the river.Should you need to escape for the day, the Corinthia has a perfect Downton Abbey experience with a day trip to the Petworth Estate. A renowned stately home, it has the finest collection of Turner paintings in a private collection, a Capability Brown Parkland and a day of sport — fishing, game hunting or deer stalking, either real or simulated, depending on the season — just like the Downton families. Travel by Range Rover or helicopter and lunch in a lakeside shooting lodge on food foraged from the estate.
The Bamboo Joint Release Experience after a hard day’s sightseeing or shopping, to return movement and flexibility to aching shoulders and back and tired legs. Plus a trip on the London Eye, which is just across the river from the hotel, for the most wonderful views of London.In addition, an extensive repertoire of treatments for men and women are available to try in the hotel’s seventeen oval treatment pods. The new age-defying facials and ‘Rush Hour Beauty’ treatments have been created for maximum results within an hour.