There’s nothing like the dark, elegant and seductive ambiance of the swanky iconic-must-stay-eat-drink-play British digs than that of the legendary Savoy Hotel in London. With an epic past which began in the year 1246, when Count Peter of Savoy built his palace on the land by the side of the River Thames, through the early 1800’s era when the famous theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte decided to build his own theater known as The Savoy, this lovely brick and mortar establishment has always maintained it’s Brit-posh birthright. Since its glitzy front doors officially first opened on August 6th, 1889, its long list of prestigious guests who can all lay claim to having “Slept at the Savoy” in their heavenly beds (way before the Westin brand’s bedding was even conceptualized), makes for quite an impressive centuries-old roster of dignitary and celebrity icons. All the property’s guestrooms and suites seamlessly blend traditional English Edwardian and chic Art Decors using the finest materials from Murano glass chandeliers, silk wall coverings, Italian Mascioni linens and elegant marble flooring. The gorgeous Personality Suites pay tribute to some of The Savoy’s most celebrated past-residents, such as Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn and Claude Monet. These suites all command views of the river-front on the 5th floor with eight large windows offering unsurpassed views of the River Thames. Then there’s all the additional pampering to contend with from the brand’s Savoy Butlers who spend months to learn their craft.
Since its conception, The Savoy has had a strong ethos instilled on “personal service naturally” as it was the first hotel to establish its own academy to train professional butlers. Through this extensive program, the butlers learn the fine art of discretion in serving as a traditional English Butler while being uber-efficient in 21st century assistance. Whether they are making dinner reservations, providing secretarial services, personal shopping, theater tickets or administrative support, their primary goal is to exceed all your expectations. And then, if this is not enough to pamper one to death, there’s those coveted beds to certainly die for! It all begain in 1905, when Savoir Beds were first created specifically for the hotel. Often regarded as the world’s most luxurious sleeping system, these tailor-made beds are considered as legendary as the people who have slept in them. The mattresses are created from natural materials such as the finest curled horsetail, cashmere, lambs wool and pure cotton, all wrapped up in luxurious coverings and finished with a Savoy-designed ticking attributed to what has become the trademark of Savoir Beds. For more than 100-years, luminaries and stars as diverse as Sir Winston Churchill, Giacomo Puccini and Marilyn Monroe have experienced the cloud-like comfort of these beds. The company continues to supply its design of “The Savoy Bed” (or No. 2 Bed) to the most discerning clients seeking the ultimate in deep-restorative sleep, each being handmade by highly skilled artisans. So coveted are these beds, that they are even fit for Her Majesty the Queen. The company made 60 editions of the world’s most expensive bed in honor of the Queen’s 60th Coronation Anniversary, each one being hand crafted with over 700-hours of work, and embroidered with the crest by the Royal School of Needlework (the same team responsible for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress). Should you wish to acquire one of these dreamy beds for your own personal manor, you can seek out which one you wish to retire upon, directly through their online boutique – experience the Savoir Beds and view the Making of a Royal State Bed.
Treat yourself to a Savoir Bed and every night will feel like a night in The Savoy; a bed fit for Queen for you to sleep like a King.
If it weren’t for the friendship between noted hotelier Cesar Ritz, who was the General Manager at the time of the hotel’s grand opening, and that of his close friend August Escoffier – The King of Chefs and Chef of Kings – whom he brought onboard, The Savoy Kitchen wouldn’t be where it is today among the legendary places to dine. In the early 1930’s, yet another icon was born – the infamous art deco black cat sculpture, which was presented as a gift and installed into the hotel. The Cat was to become not only the property’s mascot, but also the inspiration to the stunning modernist illustrations of the legendary Savoy Cocktail Book. This guidebook is the Bartender’s Bible to early mixology and was compiled by Harry Craddock, one of the most famous tenders of bars in the 1920’s through the 1930’s in Europe. Ever since its first publication and to this current day, Harry is credited for creating a number of classic cocktails including having co-founded the United Kingdom’s Bartender’s Guild. Fast forward almost another century, and enter into this distinguished grand dame of a hotel and you’ll see why The Savoy has been a serious destination for food lovers and drink connoisseurs alike, now offering seven fabulous restaurants and bars that can certianly temple and please anyone’s palate. If you crave a new menu showcasing the classic Escoffier-inspired culinary offerings from days done by, opt for the talented team at Gordon Ramsay’s managed Savoy Grill; or perhaps go back into the elegant 1920’s dining era while seating at The Savoy’s Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and nibble on caviar, smoked oysters, Dover Sole and a myriad of fresh seafood. For sips that are extraordinarily hip, one must be seen at the chic and fashionable Beaufort Bar filled with its luxurious opulent art deco ambiance where one can choose from its exclusive selections of vintage and NV Champagnes or fine rare wines; or settle into one of the cozy seats at The American Bar, known as one of the “Most Iconic Cocktail Bars in the World” and try one of its sophisticated tails. The term “American Bar” referred to a bar serving mixed or American-style drinks, more commonly called cocktails by the transatlantic-traveling Americans. Following the recent Savoy’s multi-million dollar renovation, the American Bar appointed its 11th Head Bartender, Mr. Erik Lorincz. A world-renowned bartender himself, Erik has been recognized and awarded Best International Bartender at Tales of the Cocktail, and the American Bar has also picked up accolades such as “World’s Best Hotel Bar” and “Best Bar in the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards”.
From the Savoy’s Simpson’s-in-the-Strand and Knight’s bar which is steadfastly at to the top of every Londoner’s list for the best roast dinner served in the British tradition’ to the stunning glass dome of the enchanting Thames Foyer and its socialite society of local patrons all taking Royal Afternoon Tea with a menu that’s certainly fit for The Queen; and the Foyer’s Temptation Wheel experience, which is a theatrical culinary-roulette-wheel-of-fortune fame that pairs-up gourmet handmade chocolates and uniquely blended cocktails to match the guest’s mood, taste and personal preferences….it’s all one big exquisite gastronomic experience after another when entering The Savoy. When you’ve had all you can take within the posh haberdashery of the city, take a breather and step inside for one of its alluring legendary cocktails or tempting bites. The live jazz pianist who performs nightly at The Savoy can lull anyone completely into the perfect sultry state of mind. Then when it’s time for a proper sleep, I’m certain after you tuck yourself into your No. 2 bed, it will be the most beautiful slumber you’ll possible ever have (if not in London at least). Whichever doorway you choose to enter within The Savoy’s noble interior and charismatic character, you will be thrilled at all its enticingly inviting experiences, tricks and treats it has so quintessentially rolled up into its Big British Redcoat sleeves.