The Savoy Hotel, London
In all of the world’s great cities you will find a grand hotel. The Savoy has come to symbolise the best of British history and London’s current cosmopolitan position in the world. The hotel is one of London’s oldest establishments opening in 1889 and it is considered to be an important part of the city’s historical heritage. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts currently manage the hotel and in 2010 the Savoy was reopened after a three-year refurbishment.
For many visitors to London the Savoy is the best place in the city to stay. It epitomises classic British elegance with the Luxury Daily reporting that the hotel has a butler service which “provides the discretion of a traditional English butler in addition to the efficiency of a more modern personal assistant.” The five star hotel is located at the heart of the city and has been visited by many famous guests, from royalty to Hollywood legends since it opened.
The Savoy Grill Room is the hotel’s best-known restaurant and is famous in the culinary scene for the famous chefs that have commanded the kitchen. London is renowned for its superstar chefs yet according to the Evening Standard the Savoy can say that it had arguably the first celebrity chef Auguste Escoffier. He created some of the hotel’s iconic dishes that are still served today. The current Grill Room is part of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant empire and serves up British classics.
For visitors looking for a good drink, the American Bar in the Savoy is one of London’s oldest and most iconic drinking holes. The bar even has its own cocktail book that was originally created by the head barmen Harry Craddock. The Savoy is also considered one of the finest establishments to have afternoon tea with Condé Nest Traveller writing that it is the best place in London to experience the traditional British custom.
Location and Travel Tips
Getting to the Savoy is very simple. On the official Fairmont site they state that the two nearest airports to the hotel are London City Airport (8 miles) and London’s main hub Heathrow (20 miles). The hotel can be reached by taxi or using London’s Underground network with the two nearest stations being Charing Cross and the Embankment.
After enjoying the food at the hotel guests can continue to sample Gordon Ramsay’s cuisine on their journey home. Parking4Less who operate from all major UK airports state in their blog post ‘Heathrow in Search of Perfection’ that Heathrow’s Terminal 5 houses Ramsay’s Plane Food restaurant. This is just another addition to the celebrity chef’s vast culinary empire and means travellers can enjoy the British chef’s food at various parts of their journey.
The Savoy is one of the world’s great hotels and visitors to London should at least visit it once. One final fun fact is that the Savoy Court outside the hotel is the only street in the UK where cars are required to drive on the right.