Not many hotels can trace their history back to the 13th century, but the iconic Savoy Hotel can look back to 1246, when Count Peter of Savoy built the Savoy Palace on the north side of the river Thames, given to him by Henry III.
Fast forward to 1889 and theatre impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, having built the Savoy Theatre on the site of the old Savoy Palace to stage his successful productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, opened a hotel to house the tourists who flocked to London to see the Savoy operas.
Five years under construction and situated adjacent to the Savoy Theatre, The Savoy threw open its doors on 6 August, offering not just luxurious hotel accommodation, but also restaurants, bars, lounges, private dining rooms and banqueting suites, tempting Londoners who wanted to enjoy themselves in these glamorous new surroundings. The main restaurant was opened by noted hotelier César Ritz, later general manager, who invited an old friend, Auguste Escoffier, ‘King of chefs and chef of kings’, to run the Savoy kitchen.
In the 128 years since, The Savoy has become part of London’s DNA, the great and the good have passed through its art deco halls. From Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra to Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles, the world’s most luminous names have stayed, dined and danced here.
The Savoy continues to strive for the same objectives it has always aimed for: to offer exceptional service, give guests an unrivalled experience of hospitality, to continue to be the place to see and be seen and to remain the venue for the Capital’s most glittering social events.
Located a few paces away from Covent Garden, it is near the City, as well as world-renowned museums and the chic designer shopping streets of Knightsbridge and Mayfair. Back at the hotel, guests can kick back and relax in one of the 267 rooms and suites, all of which celebrate The Savoy’s dual historical influences with either English Edwardian or sensational art deco design.
The Royal Suite and The Savoy Suite are the jewels in the crown, offering guests a modern residential style of accommodation with floor-to-ceiling views of the River Thames. This same view can be enjoyed by those staying on the riverside of the hotel. Those in suites will be looked after by the dedicated butler team, who pride themselves on combining the discretion of a traditional English butler with the efficiency of a modern personal assistant. All guests have access to The Savoy’s Beauty & Fitness, an urban retreat with a private pool, treatment rooms and 24-hour gym.
Since Auguste Escoffier first set an unprecedented standard at The Savoy’s restaurant, dining has been an inherent part of the hotel’s identity, with Winston Churchill fond of lunching here. Today Kaspar’s at The Savoy offers informal dining in a stylish art deco setting, while Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill presents a British menu with a French touch. The recently restored Simpson’s in the Strand and Knight’s Bar remain at the top of every Londoner’s list for the best roast beef, and a new Bill of Fare featuring British classics.
Cocktail connoisseurs head to the American Bar, named World’s Best Bar 2017, or experience cocktails that push the boundaries in the theatrical Beaufort Bar.
The Savoy’s afternoon tea continues to be taken in the Thames Foyer and Melba is the hotel’s gourmet ‘to go’ counter on to the Strand. Whatever your experience, The Savoy continues to be the place where great memories are made.
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