The Savoy

The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel is said to be the most famous hotel in London it is a luxury hotel located in the Strand in the City of Westminster, Central London, England. Built by Richard D'Oyly Carte with profits from his opera productions, it opened on 6 August 1889. The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain, with electric lights, electric lifts, constant hot and cold running water and many other luxurys. Carte hired César Ritz as manager who established a very high standard of quality in hotel service, entertainment and elegant dining, attracting royalty and other rich and powerful guests and diners, including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe.

A Special act of Parliament gave traffic the right of driving on the right hand side of the road when entering Savoy Court from the Strand this is because the Savoy Theatre is on the right hand side of the road so taxis can deposit their fares directly outside the theatre without turning around in front of the Savoy Hotel, and when leaving Savoy Court they are then free to pick a new fare from the hotel as they turn around.

The hotel has 267 luxury rooms and suites featuring either elegant English Edwardian design or luxury Art Deco style, many have views across the River Thames, and of the iconic London landmarks. If you stay in a suite you get a dedicated Butler service, and all guests have access to spa treatments, a private pool, and 24 hour gym. The Savoy has some of the most well known restaurants and bars in London, such as the Savoy Grill, and Simpson’s in the Strand, Kaspars at the Savoy is inspired by the decadence of the Twenties and Thirties, the opulent Art Deco design of Kaspar’s gives it a very theatrical look and feel, the menu is very fish and shellfish orientated.

The Savoy Hotel was renovated in 2007 in such a way as to preserve it's history and update it's amenities, the renovation was completed in 2010 at a cost of £220 million, The Savoy even has it's own shop now selling every thing from Savoy teas to Savoy vermouth and includes items like pillows, dressing gowns and even a Savoy teddy bear.

Savoy Tea is a new tea store located in the Upper Thames Foyer, Inspired by London’s Edwardian shopping arcades, Savoy Tea has walls covered in Asian-inspired fabrics highlighting the historic origins of tea. Offering a wide variety of beautifully packaged custom teas, Savoy Tea features bespoke tea accessories such as the hotel’s own china tea service, handmade jams, freshly baked biscuits and patisseries, guests also have the opportunity to watch the hotel’s master pastry chefs and chocolatiers at work as they finish off the exquisite cakes and confectionary that you are about to eat.