"wanted to stay at the Savoy"
The entrance to the Savoy Hotel - Credit: ChrisO
is one of London’s most famous luxury hotels and has held its prestigious position since it first opened in 1889. Built on the Strand by theatre mogul Richard D’Oyly Carte
, it was the first luxury hotel in Britain, incorporating touches such as electric lighting throughout all the rooms, ensuite bathrooms and electric lifts. Managed on its opening by experienced hotelier César Ritz
, the hotel was famous for its excellent kitchen and the famous entertainers – a tradition which has continued throughout its life.
The Savoy gave birth to a group of hotels which are now owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. It recently underwent extensive renovations which have kept it firmly at the pinnacle of the London hotels.