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Documentary going behind the scenes at London's Corinthia hotel. In this episode, the hotel welcomes some A-list guests and launches a new afternoon tea.

Thomas Kochs, formerly general manager of Claridge's and star of the award-winning documentary series Inside Claridge's, is at the helm of a new, modern five-star hotel in London. Only seven years old, Corinthia is situated just off London's Trafalgar Square. It faces competition from London's many other five-star hotels which also woo the superrich looking for the ultimate luxury stay in London.

With guests paying up to tens of thousands of pounds a night, it is Thomas's job to try to make their stay perfect. How does the eagle-eyed German master hotelier make sure his hotel stays top of the game in such a fiercely competitive environment?

Thomas's latest challenge is the painstaking curation of a new afternoon tea. Not every guest can afford the Royal Penthouse at an eye-watering £22,000 a night (although we get a private tour in the film), but many of us would like a cup of tea within touching distance of the hotel's magnificent Baccarat chandelier in the Crystal Moon lounge. Over 25 meetings of intense detail, Thomas dictates the precise texture and filling of sandwiches, trials the colour and taste of the exquisite cakes, and introduces new bespoke china and Baccarat glasses to bring the visual sense of the chandelier to the hands of those taking afternoon tea. Will he be able to double the number of teas served, and will his pursuit of perfection pay off?

Guests, including Cuba Gooding Jr and, are welcomed and looked after by staff comprising 54 different nationalities. There is Max, at 16 the youngest employee, who regularly collects thousand-pound suits from Harrods, and Elena, a room attendant who was once rich herself. Yvet, the first-floor supervisor, bursts with pride over her rooms, calling them 'my daughters'.

Made by Jane Treays, the multi-award-winning director of Inside Claridge's, these films shot over the course of a year revisit the land of the rich who can ask for anything they want and are willing and able to pay for perfection.

1 hour

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Wed 12 Dec 2018 00:05

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Role Contributor
Participant Thomas Kochs
Director Jane Treays
Composer Julian Hamlin
Composer Edmund Jolliffe
Editor Sean Mackenzie
Executive Producer Clare Paterson
Executive Producer Bridget Boseley
Production Company Spun Gold TV


  • Thu 29 Nov 2018 20:00
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  • Wed 12 Dec 2018 00:05