|Massimo Restaurant And Oyster Bar dishes out seafood specialties.|
It’s May, and besides the warmer weather, we are giddy over the opening of the Corinthia Hotel London, which makes its debut in the building that once housed the iconic Hotel Metropole and, subsequently, the Ministry of Defense offices during World War II.
Of the hotel’s 45 suites, the top picks will undoubtedly be the seven signature suites, which boast such features as private internal elevators, and are located inside historic turrets with terraces. Each signature suite is inspired by a great figure in British history, including Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle and Frederick Simms. These suites are also ideal for sightseeing: The Lady Hamilton Suite has unfettered views of Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, while the Winston Churchill Suite has views of St. James Park, Whitehall and London Eye.
We’re most excited about The Royal Suite, which, at more than 5,059 square feet, is reportedly the largest suite in London. The curved living room has a panoramic view of the River Thames and the grand dining room has a dramatic gold leaf ceiling. Businesspeople will appreciate the private study, while foodies will love the kitchen with walk-in wine cellar.
ESPA Life at Corinthia is the brand’s new flagship spa. We hear there will be a selection of children’s treatments available, and a dedicated wedding package that will include facial, manicure, pedicure, hair and makeup. Contact Sales and Reservations Manager Michelle Smith for reservations (at least 10 days before arrival).
|The Hotel in Whitehall Place is close to the National Gallery and Royal Opera House.|
The hotel’s two restaurants, Northall (specializing in high-end British fare) and Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar are already garnering attention. Chef Patron Massimo Riccioli’s seafood specialties include tuna black pudding with fish skin crisps and baked cod liver in balsamoka. For reservations at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar, contact Operations Manager Guillaume Glipa ([email protected]; 011-44-20-7998-0555), and for The Northall, contact Restaurant Manager Nadir Suleman.
Head Concierge Jennifer Steain will be able to arrange such pleasures as a ride through the English countryside in a Bentley with a private guide. For those in need of retail therapy, she can also organize an exclusive personal shopping trip with a consultant stylist.