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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Spectacular spa

    24-hour check-out

    Central location

  • Kids will love

    Local attractions

    Big rooms

    Swimming pool

  • Don’t expect

    A budget stay

    A stuffy atmosphere

    To need a car


A one-time grand hotel turned thoroughly modern luxury stay, the Corinthia Hotel London lives up to its unbeatably central location steps from the banks of the Thames. It has family-friendly style in spades, world-class dining, an exceptional four-storey Espa Life spa and views any sightseer would kill for.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Corinthia Hotel London with us:

A bottle of champagne in your room on arrival


‘This is high-end luxury the whole family can enjoy, full of personal touches to make you feel special, whatever your age’

Louiza Patikas


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Need To Know


294, including 43 suites.


Noon; check-in is from 3pm.


Double rooms from £390.00, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental, full English, buffet and à la carte breakfast. Children Under-12s sleep in cots or extra beds in their parents’ rooms for free (£75 a night for over-12s).


All public spaces are wheelchair accessible, and several guestrooms have been adapted for wheelchair users.

At the hotel

Spa, DVD library, free WiFi, valet parking, concierge.

In your room

Nespresso machine, Espa toiletries, free WiFi.

Our favourite rooms

Executive Family Room have two double beds, or if you’d like separate rooms book a Deluxe Junior Suite that interconnects with a King Room (every room in the hotel is big, so you won’t feel cramped wherever you are). Rooms overlooking the courtyard are quietest.


The heated indoor swimming pool on the four-storey spa’s thermal floor is an adults-only sanctuary outside the children’s hours of 10–11.30am and 3–4.30pm.


The Corinthia is home to luxury spa brand Espa’s flagship location, where in addition to the usual massages and facials guests can work with trainers, nutritionists and healthcare experts… as well as get their hair taken care of in A-list favourite Daniel Galvin’s salon.

Book ahead

Make a reservation for dinner before you arrive to ensure you get your table.

Food and drink

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In the bright, high-ceilinged Northall restaurant, celebrated chef Garry Hollihead serves a menu of seasonal, British dishes for lunch and dinner (think roast rump of Herdwick lamb with buttered cabbage and smoked aubergine or char-grilled Cumbrian beef burger). In Massimo’s, Italian-inspired seafood dishes and oysters are on offer.

Family fare

Children of all ages are welcome to dine in the Northall at any time; a children’s menu and highchairs are at hand. A children’s menu is also available for room service.

Hotel Bar

The hip Bassoon bar is the place to sip cutting-edge cocktails, fine wines and top-shelf spirits by the piano (make sure to admire the glasses: they’re elegant replicas of those used by Queen Victoria). Or, sip champagne at the art deco-inspired bar in Massimo’s. Drinks are also served in the Lobby Lounge, below the spectacular modern chandelier. The bars are quite grown-up spaces, so book a babysitter.

Last orders

In the Northall, breakfast is served 6–10.30am during the week and 7–11am at weekends; lunch is 10.30am–noon; dinner is 6–11pm. In the Lobby Lounge, take light meals or afternoon tea from 8am to 11pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The Northall and Lobby Lounge are quite laid-back during the day, so little ‘uns won’t feel too out of place. Massimo’s is a more mature restaurant.

  • Room service

    Order anything you like, any time you like.


    Restaurant staff will be happy to heat up milk or baby food.


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Parent approved

‘This is high-end luxury the whole family can enjoy, full of personal touches to make you feel special, whatever your age’

Louiza Patikas


£60 for the first four hours, and then £8 an hour. Book your babysitter at least a day in advance.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Games consoles


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Things to do

This isn’t the sort of place where you can ditch the bambino in a kids club for the day: here, the emphasis is on a stay that’s simply luxurious and a location that’s in the heart of London, a city that’s been fascinating visitors of all ages for centuries. Of course, you can’t miss the spectacular spa… luckily, there are babysitters on call.

Hotel activities

There are no specific children’s activities at the hotel itself, but you won’t need them: you’re perfectly placed to explore London.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Book a private capsule in the London Eye to feel like you’ve got the capital to yourself: opt for afternoon tea if you’d like a meal with a view. As long as they’re not afraid of heights, kids of any ages will enjoy the view (

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London well deserves its status as a world city, and you’re right in the heart of it here. The famed theatres of the West End are steps away, the cultural attractions of the Southbank Centre are just over the river (stroll across the Hungerford bridge, three minutes’ walk from your doorstep) and St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace are an easy saunter away.

For a leafy stroll with royal views, you can’t do much better than St James's Park ( the oldest of London’s royal parks leads right up to Buckingham Palace. It’s open from 5am to midnight every day. If you’re looking for a picnic spot with the kids in tow, this is it. There’s also a restaurant and several cafés, so you’ll never be too far from cold drinks and clean loos. Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London home, is worth a visit just to admire the façade (or catch the changing of the guard, which takes place daily during summer at 11.30am, and every other day for the rest of the year) … or take a tour of the State Rooms and gardens (open during summer and early autumn; dates vary). There are free State Rooms audio tours for children, and in August there’s a kids’ activity room (

Admire the UK’s most prestigious art collection, with permanent and visiting exhibitions, at the National Gallery ( It’s open daily (except New Year’s Day and December 24–26) 10am–6pm, and stays open late on Fridays, until 9pm. There are free art-inspired storytelling sessions for the under-5s and workshops for children of all ages, as well as special family tours. The Southbank Centre, London’s preeminent arts centre, has a variety of venues to explore, from the Royal Festival Hall to the Hayward Gallery, and has myriad restaurants, bars and shops, too. There are free interactive and educational events for families year round ( The Southbank has a range of relaxed restaurants and cafés where kids will feel at home but grown-ups won’t be bored by the menu. Wahaca (, where the menu’s inspired by Mexican street food, is one of the best. This place won’t help your kids’ spelling improve – the name’s a phonetic approximation of Oaxaca in Mexico – but little ones will enjoy the (almost) bite-size tacos.

For one of the best views you’ll ever see of the city, it's worth getting a babysitter and heading a deux to the Royal Festival Hall’s Skylon bar, grill and restaurant, where the floor-to-ceiling windows are as compelling as the ever changing menus and the cocktails on offer (

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Corinthia Hotel London
Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Riverside sightseeing paradise

Getting There

The Corinthia occupies an enviably central spot on London’s Victoria Embankment, directly across the Thames from the iconic London Eye.


Heathrow Airport is about an hour’s drive away. Gatwick airport is about 90 minutes away by car; both airports have daily flights from around the world.


The closest railway station is London Charing Cross, a five-minute drive from the hotel.


Central London is not a fun place to drive; taxis and public transport are plentiful, and exploring by bike or on foot are often the best ways to see the city. If you do bring a car, valet parking costs £55 for 24 hours.


Embankment underground station is just steps away, and is served by the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines.

Parent travel tip

If you’re arriving by car, be warned that central London traffic is usually dire. Plan to keep kids entertained in the car for longer than the distance might suggest.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Corinthia Hotel London – has been selected and approved by parents.

If you want to see London, this is the place: you can’t get much more central than this spot right on the Thames. From the hotel’s various vantage points, you can see a host of world-class attractions to appeal to all ages, from the London Eye and the Southbank Centre just over the river to St James’s Park and (if you’re tall, or perhaps perched on the shoulders of someone who is) Buckingham Palace just a short walk from your hotel room door. It doesn’t matter if you’re here for the theatres, the museums, the galleries, the historic architecture, the royal palaces or just strolling the streets and parks — you’re surrounded by all of it.

And the hotel itself definitely isn’t merely a place to crash after a long day of exploring. From the gigantic Chafik Gasmi chandelier looming ahead of you in the glass dome of the Lobby Lounge (it’s simple but spectacular, and even the littlest of guests will have fun spotting which of the countless dangling baubles is the odd one out) to the spot-the-London-attraction Marcus James line drawings tucked away on every room service menu, everything detail at the Corinthia is designed to delight. And, of course, there’s the sort of five-star service that keeps the Corinthia’s corridors awash with an eclectic mix of discerning guests: among the perfectly coiffed couples and more than a few famous faces, there are plenty of happy parents and kids, enjoying their luxury family holiday.

Smith & Family

With builders outstaying their welcome in our flat, we thought it’d be fun to camp out with the kids in a grand hotel in our home city. Best thing we ever did. At Corinthia you get Rolls-Royce treatment all the way, with no stuffy formality: perfect for us. While we unpacked (i.e. upended the carrier bags), a white-gloved gent from housekeeping came to check that the miniature robes and slippers left for our boys were the right size. The four-year-old’s robe was faintly roomy, so quick as a flash our friend reappeared with a selection of robes and proceeded to fit our son in the manner of a Savile Row tailor. It was completely charming and thoughtful, and concluded with one white glove being removed to give young master an enthusiastic high-five.

Truth is, everything at Corinthia feels bespoke. For supper (at a kid-friendly 5.30pm) we asked whether the chef could liquidise something from the à la carte menu for our youngest. Of course he could. The venison dish came puréed in a silver-plated thermal carafe, and it was so tasty we were all fighting over it. This is high-end luxury the whole family can enjoy, full of personal touches to make you feel special, whatever your age.

Anonymously reviewed by Louiza Patikas, actress

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Corinthia Hotel London in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The room - big with a great bathroom and a very comfortable bed. The Spa was wonderful and the pool area was a very nice treat, Everything was within walking distance.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

We love the spa - it never feels too busy and is very relaxing, it was also great you can take children at a certain time. The bars and restaurants are also lovely and the staff so helpful. We had a bit of a bad night with noisy hotel room so we were moved and upgraded and they couldn't apolgise enough. They also provided a whole bottle steriliser for the room and a kettle to heat up water.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is large but still offers an intimate and romantic location. Massimo's offers fine dining within a sumptuous dining room. It can feel a little impersonal but the spectacular bar at one end is worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Speedy service at breakfast. It seemed slow to me at the weekend so it may be a problem if you're in a rush!

Rating: 7/10 stars