Few things beat London in spring. The daffodils are out, the skies are blue, the air crisp – all setting a rather fabulous scene for a city break that seamlessly combines culture and shopping.
For the culture vulture in you, the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A promises to be enlightening, or try the debate-inducing Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey.
A lyrical view from the Musicians Penthouse terrace
For those taking advantage of the capital’s style credentials – Knightsbridge in spring beats the summer heat – then let the Corinthia Hotel London be your launchpad. Just steps from Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and The River Thames – with epic views to boot – the hotel is as central as you need, and as luxurious as you could want.
Sleek living in the eternally chic Hamilton Penthouse
While its Penthouse Suites are renowned for being the most jaw-dropping des-res in London, the newly-opened Garden and London Suites rival our affections. Inspired by a day in the capital, the London Suites pay homage to the art world too, with sculptures from the Cubism era, while the Garden Suites nod to the quintessential British garden, with botanical hues, views of the courtyard, and a true sense of tranquillity.
London at twilight as seen from the Royal Penthouse terrace
While some might say shopping is a workout in itself, if you’re keen to work off the calories from dinner at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill (the trufﬂ ed baked egg with Charlotte potato and Ogleshield fondue is sublime), then you’re in good hands.
Kerridge's Bar & Grill
Celebrity trainer David Higgins will put you through your paces with the hotel’s new Fitness & Wellness package, which includes a two-night stay for two in a London Suite, breakfast, a bespoke training session with David at BodySPace, and a 60-minute massage (Dhs27,388), leaving you free to indulge guilt-free once more.
Afternoon tea in the Crystal Moon Lounge
The Sunday Lunch at The Northall has become something of an insider city staple set to a backdrop of live jazz, whilst al fresco sundowners in The Garden Lounge will help summon that summertime vibe.
For spring, summer or Eid al-Fitr, London is deﬁnitely calling. Book now and we’ll see you there. From Dhs5,412 a night; Corinthia.com
From the March 2019 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Arabia
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