And here we are sadly, the last day of my adventures in Londonland.
Day 5 started with the promise of a royal treatment. Being the last day in London we haven’t planned much besides having a quick stop at her Majesty’s Palace and ending with an unforgettable dinner.
Leaving the comfy and very comfortable QBic bed, we decided to take the subway and make it across city to the luxurious Corinthia Hotel. Now I haven’t had the chance to spend a night in there but trust me when I say this, luxury is at home in Corinthia. The hallways are sumptuous, the decor immaculate and the service beyond pleasant; I wish I was there when Lana del Rey had her live performance as I am sure it was a treat.
Housed within a Victorian building, 294 rooms including 36 suites and 7 penthouses offer sweeping views across London’s most popular landmarks. Corinthia Hotel London provides unrivalled world-class luxury with superb ground floor offerings including restaurant The Northall, serving the best in British produce throughout the day; modern Italian cuisine at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar and the musically inspired Bassoon Bar. Corinthia London is also home to the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, a next-generation spa housed across four floors, together with a hair salon by Daniel Galvin. The hotel boasts the largest room sizes in London, original restored Victorian columns and tall windows that let in swathes of natural light. Cutting edge technology in rooms and meeting rooms allow for recording, mixing and broadcasting from dedicated media rooms. Corinthia London is a 21st century grand hotel located in the heart of London, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia London is the ninth of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.
As you can see there are a lot of reasons why should consider booking your London stay here but one of the best reasons I found was the location. You can walk to the Buckingham Palace in under 30 minutes and you are literally 5 minutes away from Trafalgar Square. Talk about being in the middle of things. That’s the place to be: Thames River is your backyard and across you can stare at London Eye; the best location possible. I dare you to check some pictures of the hotel and its view, you will be amazed. This has been by far the most luxurious hotel I have ever seen.
After spending a few hours enjoying the tourist landmarks I have mentioned above we made a quick stop in the Soho area, checking out some of the local coffee shops and book stores (yes I am a book-worm). As the weather was quite enjoyable for mid November we decided to walk back to Corinthia and get ready for our dinner at the Northall restaurant.
The Northall showcases the very best of British cuisine with a focus on seasonal produce from artisanal suppliers who provide the restaurant with the finest ingredients from around the British Isles.
The light and airy 185 cover restaurant is overseen by Executive Chef Garry Hollihead, formerly of L’Escargot, Les Saveurs, Grosvenor House in Dubai and Embassy. Designed by GA Design, The Northall is arranged across four stunning and distinct areas, offering a private dining room for intimate dinners. It encapsulates quintessential British hospitality – both past and present – with a comfortable and relaxed eating environment, whilst offering views over Whitehall Gardens towards the River Thames.
The Northall offers a secluded gallery dining area on the mezzanine level overlooking the buzz of the main restaurant, as well as the more private beautiful Dining Room, located adjacent to the restaurant.
As it was expected the dinner was a hit and I will be returning there as soon as I am back in London. I don’t even think describing the food will do it justice. Everything was beyond perfection from start to finish. The staff was very attentive and pleasant and the sommelier made sure we were attended at all times. What a fest we had!
My food blogger decided to start with Cornish sardines with smoked tomato sauce and soft herbs while I opted for potted Shrimps and sweet pickled cucumber, brown bread and butter. I must admit, I was impressed with how tasty the sardines were, which was unexpected due to the simplicity of the dish. I do love shrimp so my starter was right up my alley. Thumbs up to the cook as these simple dishes had us squirming with anticipation for our main course.
As expected the main course was quite the highlight: Roast Venison Saddle and a 28 day dry-aged sirloin for me. We have paired these dishes with a few side dishes: Cauliflower cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes and thin chips. The sirloin was exquisite and even thinking about it right now make my mouth water. As you may have read in my previous posts, I am(or most specific wasn’t) a steak eater but this trip has definitely changed that. No matter how much I will describe this you will not understand how good it was so my advice: book at table at the Northall and go try it. As for the venison, I will let my food partner describe it:
This was seriously tender, gamey venison, dressed with a reduction that evoked the forest, our now familiar friend the mushroom once again putting in a guest appearance. I am now a fully fledged mycophile and proud of it too. It was a faultless dish, which our sommelier matched with a fine Chilean Pinot Noir. This is as close to perfection as fine dining gets. Food is unfussy, yet prepared with finesse, and to exacting standards. Decor is immaculate, service flawless and the location inspiring. Although the hotel was kind enough to host me, I can certainly say I would recommend Corinthia without hesitation to anybody looking for affordable luxury, fine dining and one of the best examples of British produce and cuisine available in London.
Now no meal is over until you had desert so our serves was kind enough to get us something small to share as we were reaching our food tolerance at this point. All in all an amazing night that I will never forget and the only regret I have is that I wasn’t able to spend a night in this luxurious jewel and indulge in their culinary options more. And as you have it my London journey came to an end but what a treat these days have been. Great food, great service and comfort, great people and a very well spent time.
I want to thank my food blogger Philip from Culinary world tour for putting this amazing itinerary together and to everyone who offered us their services. London has grown on me because of all of you and be sure I will be returning. Till next time London!