With its Art Deco front facing the Strand and its Edwardian back to the river, the iconic Savoy was Britain’s first luxury hotel. It was built in the 1880s by Richard D’Oyly Carte, who produced Gilbert and Sullivan operas at his Savoy Theatre next door. The 267 gorgeous rooms and suites hit all the right notes, and the most romantic have views of the Thames. While restaurants have always been integral to The Savoy, there has never been more choice than there is today, from the relaxed Kaspar’s at The Savoy to Gordon Ramsay’s splendid Savoy Grill and the recently restored Simpson’s in the Strand. Afternoon tea is served in the Thames Foyer, which takes on a more sultry setting in the evening, plus there’s live entertainment and cocktails in the legendary, louche American Bar, voted World’s Best Bar in 2017, or try the glossy, black and gold Beaufort Bar. A hotel for the 21st century and still the byword for luxury.
Doubles from £450
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The Royal Academy – This distinctive establishment led by artists has an annual calendar full of blockbuster art exhibitions. Set in Burlington House, The Royal Academy was once a former art school.
An indulgent Afternoon Tea in the bright and modern 108 Pantry, capturing the essence of the four seasons with a menu which takes inspiration from authentic British cuisine using ever changing ingredients.
The finest cocktail at 108 Bar with a delicious selection of small plates to accompany. Bask in the neighbourhood’s most chic and stylish spots on the lane and embrace the vibrant, bijou feel of Marylebone village.
CLAIM TO FAME
Churchill got the call telling him he was to be the wartime Prime Minister in 1939 while he was dining at The Savoy, where a suite was kept permanently at his disposal for the power naps he liked to take.
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