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The Savoy has been at the forefront of the London hotel scene since it opened in 1889; built by the theatrical impresario, Richard D’Oyly Carte, using money made from his productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. It was the first of London’s luxury hotels, and the first to be lit by electric lights.
The Savoy’s first general manager was César Ritz, and its first head chef was Auguste Escoffier. Between 2007 and 2010 the hotel was lovingly restored, with much of its art deco and Edwardian heritage kept intact. Its famous entrance, next to the Savoy Theatre, set back from The Strand, is one of London’s most memorable sights. The bedrooms, including an extensive range of stunning suites, vary in style and size, and many overlook the River Thames. A number of the suites are themed on famous guests from the history of the hotel, including Frank Sinatra, Noël Coward, Claude Monet and Katherine Hepburn. Among the dining options, Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill and the American Bar remain as well-loved favourites; Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill offers informal yet luxury all-day dining; Simpson’s In The Strand mixes classic and contemporary dining with a strong emphasis on British produce; and the Beaufort Bar offers cocktails that push the boundaries of mixology, as well as regular evenings of cabaret and burlesque. Jazz doyens can enjoy twice weekly jazz nights in the Thames Foyer. This stunning glass-domed room is also the venue for amazing breakfasts and world-famous afternoon tea. Immaculately presented staff offer excellent standards of hospitality and service.