César Ritz was a visionary who wished to create a hotel with character, elegance and an atmosphere where guests would be pampered and expectations surpassed. His vision materialised in May 1906 when The Ritz London opened its doors and immediately became a huge success. Such was César Ritz’s triumph that he was dubbed “King of hoteliers, and hotelier to Kings” by the future King Edward VII.
The hotel has since been host to royalty and thousands of discerning guests for over a century. Today The Ritz London is owned by a British family and is a benchmark and byword for excellence. In 2002 The Ritz was the first hotel to receive a Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, for Banqueting and Catering Services.
Upon arrival at The Ritz London, many guests pause in the lobby to appreciate the stunning surroundings, before taking a gentle stroll through the elegant Long Gallery. This magnificent space runs the length of the hotel, connecting a series of dining areas including The Palm Court, The Rivoli Bar and The Ritz Restaurant as well as providing access to the spectacular private dining rooms in William Kent House. Beautifully decorated with a warm, golden glow, The Long Gallery is the perfect place to have a refreshing beverage and enjoy the ambience.
The Palm Court is a striking area of astonishingly ornate design. Its decorative features include floor-to-ceiling mirrored walls, the stunning ‘La Source’ fountain, a dramatic skylight and breathtaking floral displays. This is the perfect venue for quintessentially British Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, where guests enjoy a wide selection of fine loose-leaf teas, finger sandwiches, freshly baked warm scones and a range of delicate pastries and tea cakes.
Every room at The Ritz London is a celebration of Louis XVI neoclassical style, decorated in a unique colour palette using signature blue, yellow, rose pink or peach colours. The rooms are perfectly proportioned and provide exceptional standards of comfort. Several of these luxury bedrooms interconnect to additional rooms or suites and offer exquisite views overlooking the picturesque Royal Green Park or Piccadilly.
All suites are designed in the famous Louis XVI house style combining incredible opulence and refined elegance with the ultimate sense of comfort. Offering spectacular views along Piccadilly or overlooking the stunning Royal Green Park, each suite is discreetly located to ensure maximum privacy. The luxury of our suites is the abundance of space ranging from 665 square feet (62 square metres) of a Superior Suite to an expansive 2,802 square feet (260 square metres) of a five-bedroom suite. Our Signature Suites offer a complimentary 24-hour butler service and a one-way London airport transfer in the chauffeur-driven Ritz Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Initially, The Ritz London built its culinary reputation under the influence of Auguste Escoffier, one of the world’s most famous chefs and a champion of French haute cuisine. Today our Executive Chef, a disciple of Escoffier, creates contemporary interpretations of classical French dishes using the finest and freshest British seasonal produce. The menu changes daily to meet the constant desire to surprise and delight diners. Every Friday and Saturday evening The Ritz Restaurant, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world brings you ‘Live at The Ritz’, an exclusive dinner dance with live entertainment.
The Rivoli Bar is a chic, Art Deco bar, with stylish and sophisticated décor featuring brilliantly gilded ceiling domes, patterned mirrors and Turkish crystal chandeliers. Lalique glass panels further enhance the 1920s glamour. The menu offers an extensive Champagne, cocktail, spirit and wine selection as well as classic British bar food with a Ritz twist. The Rivoli Bar is the perfect destination for pre-dinner drinks or toasting a special occasion.
Set seven stories above bustling Piccadilly, The Ritz Salon offers a tranquil sanctuary. Here guests are pampered and emerge feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The Salon provides a wide range of beauty treatments including hairdressing for ladies and gentlemen, manicures, pedicures, professional make-up application and exceptional relaxation treatments.
The Ritz Club is one of the most exclusive private members clubs in the world, with its own stylish bar, award-winning restaurant and 24-hour gaming facilities. The interior design is spectacular and extravagant, celebrating both French-inspired Louis XVI elegance and Imperial Russian opulence. In the magnificent main gaming room and ornate salles priveés, members can play Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack, and Three Card Poker. Always discreet, The Ritz Club offers an exhilarating experience for gaming connoisseurs who expect only the very best of what London has to offer.
For further information, visit theritzlondon.com