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Savoy Hotel, Strand entrance, 1911
Savoy Hotel, Strand entrance, 1911

The Savoy Hotel is a five-star hotel located on the Strand, in the City of Westminster in central London that opened in 1889. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Hotel (disambiguation). ... Strand, May 2001 St. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... Central London is a much-used but unofficial and vaguely defined term for the most inner part of London, the capital of England. ...

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History

The Savoy Hotel, London

Opened in 1889, it was built in the art deco style by Richard D'Oyly Carte, the owner of the adjacent Savoy Theatre, with architect Thomas Edward Collcutt, who also designed the Wigmore Hall. It was and remains one of London's most prestigious and opulent hotels, with 263 rooms[1]. Its name derives from the Savoy Palace which once occupied the site. Its first manager was César Ritz, who later became the founder of The Ritz Hotel. The hotel was built on a plot of land next to the Savoy Theatre, originally purchased to build an electrical generator for the theatre which was the first public building in the world to be lit by electricity. The Savoy Hotel, London. ... The Savoy Hotel, London. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Asheville City Hall. ... Richard DOyly Carte Richard DOyly Carte (May 3, 1844 – April 3, 1901) was an English theatrical impresario during the latter half of the nineteenth century. ... Savoy Theatre London, December 2003 The Savoy Theatre, which opened on 10 October 1881, was built by Richard DOyly Carte (1844 - 1901) on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London as a showcase for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy Operas... Thomas Edward Collcutt (16 March 1840 - 7 October 1924) was born in Oxford. ... The Wigmore Halls entrance is framed by a distinctive iron and glass canopy Wigmore Hall is a recital hall that specialises in chamber music. ... The Savoy Palace was considered the grandest noblemans residence of medieval London, until it was destroyed in the uprising of 1381. ... César Ritz (February 23, 1850–October 24, 1918) was a famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously The Ritz Hotel. ... The neoclassical Ritz Hotel London is one of Londons most famous landmarks. ... “Dynamo” redirects here. ...


Present Day

In 2005, the Savoy was purchased by the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Canada from Maybourne Hotel Group, formerly known as The Savoy Group. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a Toronto, Ontario based owner/operator of luxury hotels and resorts in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, Barbados, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. ... The Maybourne Hotel Group is a British luxury hotel operator. ...


In May 2007, the new owners announced that the hotel in its entirety would close for around 16 months to undergo a refit, the value of which will be in excess of $200m (£100m). Bookings will cease to be taken in December 2007, with a projected reopening date some time in 2009.[2]


Restaurant

New Year's Eve dinner at the Savoy, 1907
New Year's Eve dinner at the Savoy, 1907

The Savoy Restaurant (sometimes referred to as the Savoy Grill) has long been famous for its inventive chefs. Its kitchen saw the invention of Peach Melba, created in honour of Dame Nellie Melba by the legendary French chef Auguste Escoffier. Melba toast is also attributed to the hotel's kitchen; it is said that Dame Nellie ordered toast and was served with several pieces that were unusually thin and crisp and almost burnt, thus creating a new dish. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Peach Melba is a classic French dessert, invented in London to honour an Australian. ... Dame Nelly Melba in role of Rosina from the Barber of Seville Dame Nellie Melba (May 19, 1861 - February 23, 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian opera soprano, the first Australian to achieve international recognition in the form. ... Georges Auguste Escoffier (28 October 1846 – 12 February 1935) was a French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. ... Melba toast is a very dry, crisp, thinly sliced toast often served with soups and salads, or topped with melted cheese. ...


Elegant dining at the Savoy includes formal afternoon tea, an excellent Sunday brunch including free-flow champagne, and special events, such as New Year's Eve dinner. New Years Eve is December 31, the final day of the Gregorian year, and the day before New Years Day. ...


Savoy Court

One curiosity of the Savoy is the fact that its forecourt (Savoy Court) is the only street in the United Kingdom where vehicles are required to drive on the right[3]. This is said to date from the days when a cab driver would reach his arm out of the driver's door window to open the passenger's door (which opened backwards and had the handle at the front), without having to get out of the cab himself[4]. (See Hackney carriage)  drive on right  drive on left In organized traffic, vehicles going in opposite directions are separated to a side of the road so they will not block each others way. ... Look up cabbie in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Guests

Claude Monet and James Whistler both stayed at the hotel and painted views from their rooms of the River Thames. Bob Dylan stayed in the hotel in 1965, and filmed the video clip Subterranean Homesick Blues in an adjacent alley. Nobel prize winning economist Amartya Sen prefers the hotel when staying in London. Claude Monet also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926)[1] was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movements philosophy of expressing ones perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein... James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 14, 1834 - July 17, 1903) was an American painter and etcher. ... This article is about the River Thames in southern England. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Subterranean Homesick Blues is a song written by Bob Dylan originally released on the album Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. ... An Alley in Melbourne A gate to an alley in Annapolis, Maryland An alley or alleyway is a narrow, pedestrian lane found in urban areas which usually run between or behind buildings. ... The Nobel Prizes (Swedish: ) are awarded for Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, and Physiology or Medicine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Married. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the anthem of the United Kingdom is God Save the Queen. See also Proposed English National Anthems. ... “ANTM” redirects here. ...

Savoy Pier

Savoy Pier is located near the river entrance to the hotel, but is not affiliated to the hotel. It is a stop on the Thames Clipper commuter service, connecting the Savoy with the City of London, Canary Wharf and Greenwich via a river boat service. The Savoy Pier is a stop on the river bus service in London. ... Motto: Domine dirige nos Latin: Lord, guide us Shown within Greater London Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region Greater London Status sui generis, City and Ceremonial County Admin HQ Guildhall Government  - Leadership see text  - Mayor John Stuttard  - MP Mark Field  - London Assembly John Biggs Area  - City  1. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Greenwich is a town, now part of the south-eastern urban sprawl of London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Greenwich. ...


The Savoy cocktail book

Cover of the 1999 ed. of the Savoy cocktail book
Cover of the 1999 ed. of the Savoy cocktail book

In 1930 the Savoy Hotel published a cocktail book, 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' with the recipes compiled by Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel, London and 'decorations' by Gilbert Rumbold. The book was then subsequently republished several times; 1952, 1965, 1985, 1996 and most recently in 1999 with some new text and a number of new cocktails added by Peter Dorelli.[5] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harry Craddock was an United States citizen who left during Prohibition and joined the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London, in 1920. ... This article is about the year. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.fairmont.com/savoy URL accessed 13 June 2007
  2. ^ http://www.abtn.co.uk/Savoy_to_close_for_refurbishments URL accessed 13 June 2007
  3. ^ http://www.driving.co.uk/4a2.html
  4. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-1501,00.html Why does traffic entering and leaving the Savoy Hotel in London drive on the right?
  5. ^ http://realabsinthe.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-list-of-absinthe-cocktails_30.html 104 Details of 104 cocktails with absinthe from The Savoy Cocktail Book Retrieved 2 July 2007
  • Dorelli, Peter/Craddock, Harry, The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1999, ISBN 1-86205-296-4
  • Jackson, Stanley, The Savoy — The Romance of a Great Hotel, New York, 1964. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 63-8604

See also

This article describes the hotels in London, England. ...

External links

  • The Savoy Hotel website
  • The Savoy Group website

Coordinates: 51°30′35″N, 0°07′12″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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One curiosity of the Savoy is the fact that its forecourt is the only street in the United Kingdom where vehicles are required to drive on the right.
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