Step through the revolving doors of The Ritz London and you enter a world of fabulous decor, impeccable British service and a grand history.
It’s a place where you wish those walls could talk as the guest list stretches from royalty, presidents and movie stars to mere mortals who have saved up for a special stay at the famed hotel.
Expect grand spiralling staircases, intricate architecture and ravishing rooms which are a perfect balance of taste and style that reflect old-world opulence.
Start the day with a very civilised breakfast buffet in The Restaurant that features the famous circle of chandeliers and sumptuous decor, save room for cucumber sandwiches and scones, jam and clotted cream at afternoon tea served in the elegant Palm Court, and drop in for a cocktail at the art deco Rivoli Bar.
The spacious King Deluxe room showcases Louis XVI style with modern conveniences, a sitting area and large bathroom. Snuggle down amid the embossed bedspread and crisp sheets and chances are you won’t want to leave this stately haven.
There’s a photo of actress Rita Hayworth draped in mink on the mantelpiece – seems she rather fancied the Ritz and who could blame her. Stroll the stairways, galleries and arcades and you may well find yourself humming to the tune of Puttin’ on the Ritz.
Opened by Swiss hotelier, Cesar Ritz in 1906, the hotel has many special events planned to celebrate its 110th birthday this year.