In May 2011, after a gruelling four-year refurbishment, Corinthia Hotel London finally opened its doors to the public again.
Dominating the corner of Whitehall Place and Northumberland Avenue, not a penny was spared in creating the vast lavishness that the hotel now represents. And in visiting Corinthia London, you’ll be unlikely to spare any expense yourself.
However there are two main reasons that you should visit, whether it be for a particularly special occasion or because you’re pretty much just The Man/The Woman.
The first reason to visit is that all of the staff at Corinthia Hotel London have been trained in the dark art of mind-reading: think of something you’d like to happen, and it will. Value flawless service? This is your Mecca.
The second reason to visit – and this will disappoint anyone who has either visited the hotel’s brobdingnagian spa, or who has enjoyed a Cumbrian short horn rib-eye with harbourne blue cheese sauce in The Northall – is that the cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are amazing.
Yes, the Bassoon Bar itself is nice: it’s an art deco, jazz-themed joint that has a piano attached to the end of the bar (and jazz musicians every Thursday-Saturday evening, ’till midnight). But what’s more than nice are the Bassoon Bar’s cocktails… Delivered in brass tankards and giant glass tea cups, they include Chicory Sazeracs and Champagne-laced Old Cubans; a Ramos Gin Fizz with wild strawberry, and classic juleps…
…plus a raft of snacks featuring beef brisket po-boys, Porthilly oysters and warmed cajun-spiced nuts.
Good if you’re feeling a little chilli.
NOTE: The Bassoon Bar is open daily from 5pm (until 2am Fri & Sat). You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
The Bassoon Bar | Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
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