The Corinthia is a Victorian hotel used as offices for decades but brought wonderfully up to date. It features some of the most beautiful dining rooms in London - high-ceilinged, mirrored and spacious. But I want to tell you about the bar, the Bassoon Bar.
The Bassoon Bar is a proper cocktail bar. It feels both 21st Century and as though you are in a smart black and white movie. Slickly decorated and moodily lit, the bar has plenty of tables for two and space all about. The Head Barman, Mario, was recruited from Italy where he was considered one of the best. The cocktail menu is stunning; amongst the Martinis I discovered the Hoffman. This is what you expect plus a few dashes of Orange Bitters. One sip and I was a devotee. For life I expect. Oh yes, and more than the usual run of glasses, too.
There were good snacks, excellent non-intrusive service all overseen by a proper Maitre d'. All in all, absolutely everything that the Savoy's American Bar was not (see review). After 9pm there is usually a wondrous jazz band with a terrific singer.
If you want to get away from it all, flirt, romance, gossip or people watch the Bassoon Bar will reward you - even if you only drink Coke Light.
I've also had afternoon tea served in the Corinthia's pastel-mood, domed central atrium. It was outstanding.More
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