Just steps away from the Thames, in the heart of London, England, I found the Corinthia Hotel. This hotel was a pure treat of delicious decadence that it not the norm for a traveler like me.
From the moment I, finally, laid eyes on this grand Victorian building I was so impressed, and relieved that I had found it. Not that it’s hard to find, at all. But a few human errors and wrong decisions, including exiting one tube stop too late and some back tracking because of a missed exit off the pedestrian bridge over the Thames, made this experienced traveler feel a bit like an amateur. And with no one to blame but myself, I was just that much more relieved when the Corinthia finally came into view.
As a lovely gentleman opened the door to this beautiful building, dating back to 1885, I walked into a world of luxury that I would call home for the next 18 hours.
Greeted by pleasant and helpful staff, I was quickly informed that my spa appointment had been moved up and I needed to head there right away. I was happy to go along with this change, as a massage was exactly what I needed. With my bags whisked off to my room, I was lead to one of London’s largest spa, ESPA Life.
This spa offers a wide range of traditional and alternative therapies from a top team of professionals in their fields. The spa takes up four floors and includes an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain and so much more including a 24-hour gym.
I was introduced to my massage therapist and was brought into this unique room with no corners, which as I remember she mentioned helped with the energy of the room. No corners for it to hide in.
My therapist took the time to offer up various scents for me to choose from that would be best for energy or relaxation. I knew that energy would be the best way for me to keep up with the schedule I had for the coming days.
A gorgeous massage followed by enjoying the relaxing saunas and steam rooms in the changing area, brought me back to my happy place. I didn’t have the time to enjoy all the other features like the pools, as I had a schedule to keep and a friend to meet for dinner at the magnificent Northall restaurant.
Starting off the evening with a delicious cocktail in the Northall Bar, we moved into the restaurant for a wonderful three course meal paired with the perfect wines suggested by the lovely sommelier.
With each course she provided us with a suggestion or two while taking into account our preferences. This all made the meal that much better.
As we sat down, we were welcomed with a lovely starter, Carpaccio of Beef Fillet, Poached Egg Dressing, Salted Cauliflower and Horseradish. I followed that with the fresh Loch Var Smoked Salmon, which was plated in a very unique style.
As a lover of lamb, I never turn down the chance to enjoy it. Which lead to my main being the Roast Rump of Herdwick Lamb, Caramelised Shallot Purée, Grelote Onions, Buttered Curly Kale and Minted Jus.
The Northall, serves some of the best local products. As I read through the menu, the various locations within the UK as to where all the delicious ingredients were sourced from was offered up. Like my Loch Var Smoked Salmon which was from Severn and Wye Smokery, Gloucestershire. There’s just something that much more delicious when you know your food didn’t have to travel far to be on your plate.
After the first two delicious and perfectly filling courses, I don’t know how I did it, but I ordered the Baked Egg Custard, Shortbread, Blackcurrant and Apple to complete my meal.
Bidding adieu to my dinner guest, I made my way to my room to take in all of its splendour. And it did not disappoint.
The marble bathroom provided more space than I needed as a single visitor, but I happily enjoyed all of it. I was looking forward to the bed and it was all I had hoped for. A perfect place to relax for the evening and get a great night sleep.
With the hotel so close to Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, the next morning I was able to make quick work of visiting my favourite London locations.
After my speedy London adventure by foot, it was time to say goodbye to my moment of decadence.
My experience at the Corinthia Hotel, reminds me that everyone should indulge themselves, even for just one night every once in while. And why not when on your next trip to London. Go ahead and book themselves into the Corinthia.
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