An elegant, uplifting grand hotel
What it is
A monument to luxury in a perfect location.
What it isn't
A hip or daring social scene.
What we think
A Belle Epoque behemoth built in 1885, Corinthia London led a former life as the Ministry of Defence—it was even the birthplace of the intelligence service MI-9. But after a 2011 reinvention overseen by the designer David Collins, government clerks have been replaced by butlers, bellhops and bountiful arrangements of gloriosa lilies and roses. The lobby centers on a show-stopping Baccarat chandelier, and features a series of resin panels depicting the Thames by the London art collective Based Upon. Indeed, the arts are a focus here, with an artist-in-residence program that has seen playwrights, filmmakers and an opera composer create site-specific works. The 283 rooms are massive, but nearly all have views of the Thames. Marble bathrooms are decked out with enormous walk-in rain showers, deep soaking tubs and in-wall TVs. If more curated relaxation is desired, head to ESPA Life at Corinthia, whose four-story complex includes 17 treatment rooms, an indoor pool, private sleep pods, hair salon, and an amphitheater-style sauna.
You're here because
You like grandeur and a location close to the major sights.
Dusk: A gloved doorman, smoothing his tailcoat, opens the front door for you as you approach. But your gaze is drawn elsewhere—across the Thames, as the lights of the London Eye illuminate for the evening.
Restaurants & Bars
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill – Celebrating British classics, with Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge and Head Chef Nick Beardshaw at the helm
The Northall – Modern European cuisine with menus designed by award-winning Executive Chef, André Garrett
The Northall Bar - An elegant space perfect for entertaining special guests or enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail
The Crystal Moon Lounge – Where afternoon tea is served, illuminated by the light of a 1,001 Baccarat crystal chandelier
The Garden – An alfresco oasis, featuring seasonal menus throughout the year
Velvet – A luxurious Champagne and cocktail bar, in partnership with acclaimed bartender and drinks expert, Salvatore Calabrese
A block off the Thames, across from the London Eye and within striking distance of the National Gallery, Southbank Center, and St. James’s Park.