Courthouse Hotel Kempinski, London Hotel Introduction This new five-star hotel oozes flamboyant sophistication. Daring design draws lavish inspiration from the building’s previous incarnation as the country’s second oldest magistrate’s court, temporary abode at various intervals to such well known names as Napolean III, John Lennon, Oscar Wilde, Keith Richards and Sir Mick Jagger. Location Courthouse Hotel Kempinski occupies a prime position on Great Marlborough Street, opposite Liberty’s of London and Carnaby Street, just off Regent Street Rooms & Suites Courthouse Hotel Kempinski has 116 rooms and suites. The 13 suites are located in the former judges’ robing rooms and the spectacular Lalique Suite is sited within the former London residence to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. The 103 rooms are housed in a brand new wing built on the site of a former police station, holding cells and a shooting range Restaurants & Bars There are three dining areas; ‘Carnaby’s’ with separate street entrance, offers all day dining with a lively, buzzy atmosphere. ‘Silk’ is located within the infamous No. 1 Courtroom where the great and not so good have pleaded their cases in previous years. This is fine dining at its most special with cuisine following the ancient Silk Route, flavoured by radical inspiration from Europe by head chef, Elisha Carter, formally of Lola’s in Islington. The ‘Waiting Room’ is transformed into an elegant palm-filled atrium in which to relax and enjoy breakfast, light meals and afternoon tea. ‘The Bar’s’ clubby atmosphere is emphasized by low seating, a wall-length glass bar and a monochrome design scheme of black and white leather. The three former Ladies Cells are retained, though upgraded, to offer intimate, private booths, complete with bunk bed and ice-bucket charmingly fashioned from the original Victorian lavatory! The ‘Roof Terrace’ is the ultimate retreat and an exclusive rendez-vous, from where to enjoy light meals and exquisite cocktails, overlooking Liberty’s. Service Offers The Spa has a fully equipped gymnasium, which is separated from the stunning wet areas by a glass wall. The wet areas comprise a hot tub and a large square swimming pool. There are two aluminium treatment rooms with glass floors, one of which is suspended over the pool (though swimmers please note, you cannot peep inside!).turkeyarena.com Meetings The hotel has seven meeting rooms, catering for a maximum of 130 people (theatre style) in the largest room. Release, the hotel’s extravagant private screening room, seats up to 100 people and is the largest of its kind in London. With aubergine walls and large apple green leather chairs, the room can be used as a dramatic meeting room when not in cinematic use.