When you think of luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city, The Ritz London should immediately spring to mind! This world-famous landmark, at the prestigious address of 150 Piccadilly, is not quite as old as you may think. Widely considered as the best hotel on earth, the Ritz Hotel opened to widespread fanfare and has attracted the great and the good since opening in 1906.
The Grade II listed five-star hotel, designed by Swiss hotelier César Ritz, was the first steel-framed building of any significance in London, and was praised for its consummate attention to detail with its French chateau-style architecture and Louis XVI furnishings.
You can sense the history as you enter this grand building. From King Edward VIII to King Alfonso of Spain, the Ritz Hotel has welcomed royalty, as well as the rich and famous, from across the world for over a century. Hollywood has also made its mark on the hotel, and it’s not hard to imagine Noel Coward playing one of his classic compositions in the Rivoli cocktail bar, accompanied by Judy Garland. Or, perhaps, you might imagine an impromptu dance routine from the enigmatic Charlie Chaplin in the Palm Court.
When you check in, you can’t help but notice the hotel exudes class from every pore and is the perfect place to celebrate a landmark birthday. There is simply nowhere else like it. In the summer months, alongside truly fine wines, executive chef John Williams (MBE) brings you palace-style cuisine that perfectly complements the stunning backdrop of the beautiful Royal Green Park—a real sanctuary of calm and tranquillity in the centre of a busy metropolis. Your room, decked in creams, subtle oranges, and reds is stylish and decorated to an exceptionally high standard. The suites are designed to a Louis XVI house style with antique furnishings, rich silk drapes, plush carpets, and ornate mouldings, providing you with supreme elegance and refined comfort.
In 1995, The Ritz Hotel was returned to private British ownership, resulting in a meticulous and complete refurbishment, and in 2002 it received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales—the first hotel to be honoured with the prestigious award. As you would expect from such an illustrious location as the Ritz Hotel, there is a dress code. Gents must wear a jacket and tie for lunch and dinner in the Ritz Restaurant, and afternoon tea in the Palm Court. Smart casual attire is acceptable in all other areas, but trainers and sportswear are strictly prohibited throughout. When you come from the glamour, you better dress the part.