Visit London Blog » the savoy Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video: London’s Top 5 Most Luxurious Hotel Suites Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:47:55 +0000 Have you ever wondered what happens when royalty, film stars and wealthy individuals visit London? Where do they sleep? Which hotels do they stay in?

Watch these videos and take a sneaky peek into five of London’s best hotel suites to see what life is like for the rich and famous.

The Royal Penthouse, Corinthia Hotel London 
Regarded as one of the best luxury suites in London, the Royal Penthouse at Corinthia Hotel London is as good as it gets. The two-floor, 465 sq. m (5,000 sq. ft) space is filled with indulgent opulence: an oval 10-seat dining room, a private spa suite, a butler’s kitchen, a walk-in wine cellar, and private roof terrace overlooking the EDF Energy London Eye. The suite is £15,000-£18,000 per night (plus VAT) which includes private butler service.

The Cinema Suite, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites & Residences
All of the rooms within the luxury Cinema Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites & Residences reference Hollywood and Bollywood in some way. The suite is just minutes from Buckingham Palace and it overlooks one of London’s most outstanding alfresco spaces; a real hidden gem during the summer. The suite is 170 sq. m (1,832 sq. ft) with an 85 inch, high definition 3D screen as its focal point. The suite is £5,100 (plus VAT) per night, including full butler service.

The Royal Suite, The Savoy
The Edwardian interior of The Royal Suite takes up the entire fifth floor (325 sq. m or 3,498 sq. ft) of The Savoy hotel. There are eight windows allowing views along the Thames from Canary Wharf to the Houses of Parliament. A Savoy butler is on call 24 hours a day and the suite is yours for £12,000 per night (inclusive of VAT) which includes free transfers to any London airport or train station.

The Royal Suite, Claridge’s
Claridge’s in Mayfair is the perfect hotel for the person who wants it all. There are fantastic shopping opportunities along New Bond Street, Royal Parks beauty in nearby Hyde Park and Green Park, and Michelin star restaurants galore in the surrounding Mayfair district. You may just decide to stay in the hotel and enjoy The Royal Suite’s grand piano, original Edwardian furniture, wood and marble fireplace, and 12-person private dining room. This 223 sq. m (2,400 sq. ft) suite is £4,500 – £6,500 (plus VAT) per night. A complimentary Mercedes S-Class airport transfer from London Heathrow Airport is included in the price.

The Infinity Suite, The Langham
A stay at The Langham hotel will appeal to shopaholics, due to its proximity to Oxford Street and Mayfair. The 236 sq. m (2540 sq. ft) Infinity Suite boasts a lovely bay window overlooking All Souls Church, a king-sized four-poster bed, a 72″ TV with Bose sound system, and a bottle of champagne. This suite is £15,600 per night (inclusive of VAT) and includes butler service.

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London Video of the Week: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Stars Share London Tips Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:45:42 +0000

We ask Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ stars for their thoughts on the musical and top London tips ahead of the show’s opening at The Savoy Theatre on Monday.

Robert Lindsay (Lawrence Jameson) and Rufus Hound (Freddy Benson)

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsHow would you describe your character?

RL: I’m the older guy who’s done very well, reached the top of his game, getting slightly bored who wants a bit of chaos in his life.

RH: I’m doing the same thing as Lawrence (a con man), but he’s doing it on a far grander, more professional scale. My character is so overwhelmed he wants to learn at the feet of the master.

Describe the show in a few words…

RL: It’s essentially a great story. People love a con man, they love a rogue. There are two wonderful rogues.

RH: Great big stuff…It’s a full-on, full-out class show…It’s so perfect for people who love a good West End musical.

What would you recommend for a first-time visitor?

RL: Book a ticket for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

RH: Go to the pub. Nowhere has pubs like London. Sit in one of those for 10 minutes and try some London Pride or something like that.

Samantha Bond (Muriel Eubanks) and John Marquez (Andre Thibault)

How would you describe your character?Samantha Bond and John Marquez

SB: I play Muriel, a very wealthy divorcee who has gone to France in search of love.

JM: Andre, chief of police. He’s not very good with women, but then…

Describe the show in a few words…

SB: I think it’s brilliant. Thrilling, exciting, funny, sexy. It’s phenomenal

JM: Hilarious, quality.

What would you recommend for a first-time visitor?

SB: You need to see architecture, go to art galleries, walk in our beautiful parks – there are hidden parts of St James’s Park that I only discovered last year. The London Eye is glorious. I also love the Duck Toursriver boats are great ways to see London.

JM: The thing that always strikes me is the history. I love going to the streets around London Bridge and Borough, standing looking around and imagining what actually went on there.

Do you have a secret hangout in London?

SB: I like to be in Covent Garden Piazza watching everything. There are also some fantastic walking tours to see the hidden parts of London.

JM: I always like to go to Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, just to sit and have some food there.

Where would you go for a post-show meal?

SB: Three of my favourites are: J. Sheekey, The Ivy and The Delaunay.

JM: I just did a play near J. Sheekey. I’m not a big one at eating but I did get into having a few oysters and champagne there after the show.

Katherine Kingsley (Christine Colgate) and Jerry Mitchell (director)

How would you describe your character?

Katherine Kingsley and Jerry Mitchell

KK: She’s the heiress of a soap company from America. She’s goes to the South of France where she meets two men who turn out to be con men.

Describe the show in a few words…

JM: A big, fun musical comedy where you get a chance to meet some fabulous people and get conned along the way.

KK: Fun, sexy, classy.

What would you recommend for a first-time visitor to London?

JM: The London EDITION  hotel has a wonderful bar called the Punch Room; but you can only get in with a reservation – I also recommend the Berners Tavern restaurant in the hotel. I’m a fan of J. Sheekey – it’s the theatre hangout, and you might even see a star or two.

KK. You could start off with a cocktail at The Savoy.

Where would you go for a post-theatre meal?

JM: J. Sheekey. But I’m dying to eat in The Savoy’s Grill, and there’s also Joe Allen and Orso.

KK: Joe Allen is probably easier to get a booking and not quite as expensive – it’s so theatrical, a great place.

Do you have a secret hangout in London?

JM: The thing that’s different about London from America is you have all these private clubs. I would also give a shout out to The Coal Hole, which is right next to the Savoy Theatre.

KK: Private clubs are really nice because they’re quite quiet so you don’t have to shout over people. Sometimes if you go to a pub after doing a show you can lose your voice.

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Best Bus Routes for Sightseeing in London Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:35 +0000

London’s famous double-decker buses are an ideal way to see the city if you’re on a budget. Buy a Travelcard for the day and take a self-guided city tour on London’s best bus routes. These four cover most of the major sights in the city. Their routes are described from west to east and the return journey passes the same sights in reverse.

Number 74
Starting in Putney, this route travels past London’s museums hub in South Kensington where the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum sit side by side. It then passes luxury department store Harrods and the boundary of one of London’s largest green spaces at Hyde Park Corner. You can catch a glimpse of The Dorchester hotel just after, followed by the famous haunt of public rhetoric – Speaker’s Corner at Marble Arch. The final stop is Baker Street, home to both the Madame Tussauds wax figure museum and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, at the site of the fictional detective’s residence.

Number 9
The number 9 is one of only two routes operating the old-style Routemaster buses on part of its route. Leaving from Hammersmith, it passes Kensington Palace (you’ll have to get off to see it) followed by the beautiful Royal Albert Hall and the monument to Queen Victoria’s husband which sits opposite it. Like the number 74, the 9 passes the museums in Kensington, Harrods and Hyde Park corner. It takes a different route afterwards to visit St James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Savoy hotel and arts and cultural centre Somerset House.

Number RV1
The RV1 is a favourite route for us here at VL Towers! Despite being a single decker, it still passes through some of the best parts of London, giving you a great cultural tour of the city. Soak up some shops and street theatre at Covent Garden before taking the RV1. Hopping on it will take you to the South Bank where you’ll see the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. The London Bridge stop is metres from the London Dungeon and City Hall is the next sight on the route, which crosses Tower Bridge to finish up at the Tower of London.

Number 24
The 24 sets off from Camden Town which offers alternative fashion and food. The bus then heads to the more mainstream Leicester Square in the centre, calling in at Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade. The political heart of London is next as the bus passes Parliament Square where you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, as well as the nearby Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in 2011. The final site is the city’s policing headquarters at the iconic New Scotland Yard building.

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London Restaurant News: Oblix, Kaspar’s and Jamie Oliver’s Hotdog Diner Fri, 17 May 2013 11:51:35 +0000 Whether you’re after astounding views or gourmet hotdogs, there are plenty of exciting new restaurants to try in London.

Oblix in The Shard

For some of the best views in London, head to Oblix on the 32nd floor of the The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. The New York-style grill has just been launched by Rainer Becker, the man behind celebrity favourites Zuma and Roka. As well as a la carte lunch and dinner menus, Oblix has a bar and lounge serving deli-style appetisers at lunchtime with live entertainment from 9pm.

Kaspar’s at The Savoy

Billed as one of the most exciting restaurant openings in The Savoy’s 124-year history, Kaspar’s is a seafood bar and grill with 1920s décor and panoramic views of the river Thames. The luxurious new restaurant is named after Kaspar, The Savoy’s three-foot-high cat sculpture, which for 90 years was placed at tables of 13 guests in order to avoid bad luck – and was even invited to meetings by Winston Churchill.

Jamie Oliver’s Hotdog Diner

Jamie Oliver has opened a diner in Piccadilly Circus, serving artisan hotdogs with a range of house condiments. Chef Arthur Potts Dawson, who created two sustainable London restaurants – Acorn House and Waterhouse – helped to devise the menu, which features grilled chicken, burgers, steaks, fish and waffles as well as hotdogs. “I wanted to create a menu full of delicious, classic, comfort food,” said Oliver.

More Restaurant News

  • Small fine-dining restaurant The Five Fields is due to open in Chelsea on Tuesday, serving dishes made from rare herbs and vegetables grown in the restaurant’s own East Sussex gardens
  • The team behind French eatery Chabrot Bistro des Amis have launched a meat-focussed restaurant near Smithfield Market called Chabrot Bistrot des Halles
  • Boutique hotel One Leicester Street has just opened in London’s Chinatown, on the site of the former St John Hotel, with a restaurant serving sharing dishes made from British produce
  • The Miller in Bermondsey re-launches this week, serving a range of bespoke hotdogs from the acclaimed Street Kitchen
  • Stories bar has just opened in Broadway Market, East London, offering brunches, cocktails, special events and contemporary art exhibitions
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1920s Parties and the Gatsby Glamour in London Wed, 15 May 2013 16:00:31 +0000 The phrase ‘hotly anticipated’ doesn’t really do Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby justice. 1920s fever is everywhere, and if you’re looking to get in touch with the hedonistic spirit of the age, London’s outstanding range of themed parties is for you. If you need a bit of help perfecting your look beforehand, however, check out the capital’s extensive range of vintage shops.

The Candlelight Club

A firm favourite amongst regulars of London’s vintage scene, the Candlelight Club hosts clandestine parties at which you can get in touch with your inner flapper or beer baron. A Prohibition-themed atmosphere is augmented by a range of delicious cocktails, which are tailored to the theme of individual nights. The next party, based around ‘A Night in Old Havanah’, is on 31 May and tickets are £15.75.

Great Gatsby Nights at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Indulge in a 1920s-inspired three-course menu with champagne at the hotel’s Great Gatsby nights, which take place every Thursday evening in May. Guests are encouraged to arrive in period attire, and the best dressed each evening will win a stay in the Grand Hyatt New York. Even if you don’t win, however, you can console yourself by dancing the night away to the event’s live jazz band. Tickets are £35.

It’s A Gatsby Swing Thing! at The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

The cinema celebrates the Great Gatsby’s release by hosting an extra-special swing dance party on 18 May. Guests can show off their charleston and lindy hop to tunes by two great bands: the King’s Cross Hot Club and the Smokey Taps. Fancy dress is actively encouraged and there’s a Swing Patrol dance workshop beforehand (£8) for anyone who needs to brush up on their moves. Tickets to the party are £6, or half price if you have a Great Gatsby film ticket from that day.

1920s Evenings at The Orient Express and The Savoy Hotel

These events are a bit further in the future, but sound like they’re worth the wait! Enjoy a Gin Rickey at The Savoy Hotel’s renowned American Bar before indulging in a sumptuous dinner about the Art Deco carriages of the British Pullman train, which will take guests on a romantic trip through the countryside while they dine. After the meal, you’ll be transported back to the Savoy for a night’s stay in the hotel, which once hosted The Great Gatsby’s author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. The first of these events takes place on 5 September and prices start at £685: see the Orient Express website for full details.

The Prohibition Party

One of the events which arguably galvinised the growth of London’s vintage movement, the Prohibition Party is renowned for its dedication to the 1920s theme. Guests can enjoy cocktails served in teacups before dancing to live bands, trying their luck at the gaming tables or snuggling down to watch some silent cinema. The next event takes place on 1 June at a suitably secret location.

Miss Turnstiles’ Great Gatsby Pamper Party

Head to vintage model Miss Turnstiles’ vintage patisserie in east London for an elegant pamper party, in which you’ll be able to complete your Gatsby look. Not only will you get a manicure and a fabulous hair-do, but you’ll also be given expert make-up tips that will help you perfect the vintage style. The next available party date is 31 May and tickets include cocktails and nibbles: see the website for full details.

Charleston Masterclasses at Claridge’s

Want to prepare for all these Gatsby parties in style? Head down to Claridges, where you can learn to Charleston in the sublime setting of the Art Deco hotel. Guests will watch an expert performance by the Bee’s Knees, before donning vintage-style accessories and learning the moves themselves. Don’t worry about getting out of breath, the event ends with a restorative ‘Flapper’ cocktail! Tickets are £125, see the website for event dates and full details.

Great Gatsby Weekend at Whiteleys Shopping Centre

Get into the Gatsby spirit at this weekend event, which celebrates the best of the 1920s. Open from 12pm to 5pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (17-19 May), Whiteleys’ event will feature an actor-staffed speakeasy bar, swing dance lessons, vintage fashion shows, beauty tips, live music and a dress-up photo booth. Entry is free.

Libertine Presents Gatsby!

Fitzrovia’s newest nightclub jumps straight into the swing of things with its Gatsby party on 23 May. Libertine’s party features champagne, canapés, a live jazz band and a special burlesque performance. Tickets are £30

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards: The Winners Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:54:50 +0000

The famous faces in The Savoy ballroom on Sunday night were enough to make anyone a bit giddy. I was lucky to join stars Judi Dench, Anna Wintour, Bill Nighy, Damian Lewis, Ian McKellen, Colin Firth and Danny Boyle to celebrate the capital’s best theatre, at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012.

Compere James Corden opened the ceremony with a cheeky song called “For the love of awards”, reminding us that he has a tip-top singing voice as well as plenty of wit. The night had some serious moments too: double award-winner Nicholas Hytner spoke passionately in support of public funding for the arts, and Judi Dench was moved by a special award.


Judi Dench

Everyone’s favourite Bond matriarch was awarded the Moscow Art Theatre Golden Seagull Award, a golden bird-shaped broach that signifies her achievements in bringing London theatre to the world’s attention. “I’ll never take it off,” she declared.

Danny Boyle

After he got the Queen to jump out of a helicopter (or so it seemed) in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, it’s fitting that Danny Boyle’s extraordinary £27 million production should get special recognition. He and his team scooped up the Beyond Theatre Award for pushing the boundaries of theatre with the ceremony, which was arguably the best – and certainly the biggest – performance of the year.

Nicholas Hytner

The director of the National Theatre picked up the Best Director award for setting the little-known Shakespeare play Timon of Athens in modern times. Hytner also won the Lebedev Special Award in recognition of his ten-year leadership of the National Theatre, which has seen him bring War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors to the stage.

One to watch – Matthew Tennyson

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Hardy won the Outstanding Newcomer Award in their early days, so it’s worth keeping your eye on young actor Matthew Tennyson who won this year’s prize for his role in Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse.


The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss, a play about Oscar Wilde was on everyone’s lips at the awards, despite not being nominated. It received glowing praise from National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner, who described Rupert Everett’s performance as one of the best on the London stage for years.


Writer Nick Payne won the award for Best Play for Constellations, becoming the youngest person to the category at just 29. It’s a tender story of love, awkwardness and string theory, using physics as a metaphor for life.

Sweeney Todd

Named Best Musical at the awards, this tale of a homicidal barber could convince even those allergic to musical theatre to burst into song. Stephen Sondheim’s score for Sweeney Todd is delicious in its complexity, and leading duo Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton are musical royalty.

Have you seen any of the award-winners? Or have you seen some theatre recently that deserves an award?

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London Video of the Week: Afternoon Tea at the Savoy Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:00:10 +0000

This has made me feel rather peckish this Friday lunchtime – a gorgeous new video of a traditional afternoon tea at The Savoy. There’s also a little taster of what’s on offer at The Savoy’s lovely bijou tea store, Savoy Tea.

Read more about afternoon teas in London

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Win! Day 17: A Night at The Savoy with Dinner and Titanic Exhibition Tickets Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:00:03 +0000

The Savoy recently re-opened in a flurry of excitement after a multi-million-pound refurbishment. Since then it’s been packed with celebrities and the world’s elite.

Now we’re giving you a chance to join them. You can win a night for two at the hotel, plus dinner and drinks in a London restaurant and VIP tickets to Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition at The O2.

Find out how the other half live – enter our amazing Christmas competition today!

Enter Day 17: A Night at The Savoy with Dinner and Titanic Exhibition Tickets here

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Video of the Week: Drink and Dine at The Savoy Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:00:52 +0000 Crack open the champagne as The Savoy hotel re-opens in just three days time (you might have heard us mentioning it once or twice!) We’ve become more and more excited ever since we had a sneaky look round in August.

For a taste of what’s to come at The Savoy’s iconic restaurants and bars take a look at their new video – and come Sunday, you could be there yourself!

The Savoy re-opens 10 October 2010

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The Savoy Hotel: Bars, Restaurants, Afternoon Tea and the Ballroom Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:30:54 +0000
Did you know that The Savoy hotel has nearly 200 chandeliers? The Savoy re-opens in less than two months and yesterday I put on my best frock hard hat and work boots and had a peek at some of the areas which will be open to the public.

Like the chandelier in the picture, most of the new rooms are wrapped in secrecy, but we can tell you that the brand new Art Deco Beaufort Bar oozes 1920s glamour and will be serving the widest choice of champagnes by the glass in London.

The sunny River Restaurant will have a leopard print carpet and shares the same stunning river view as the exclusive new Royal Suite. (Each suite comes with a dedicated Savoy butler, in case your butler is busy.)

The Ballroom, which has previously seen guests floating in on gondolas and a birthday cake served on a baby elephant, has been beautifully refurbished ready for the next generation of exciting parties.

The missing glass dome above the Thames Foyer has been replaced (it was covered during the Second World War and never uncovered) letting loads of natural light shine down on the new Winter Garden Gazebo.

And if you love cake and afternoon teas, there’s a new little shop inside the hotel where you’ll be able to watch the patisserie chefs at work and buy treats and Savoy Blend tea to take home.

Reservations for the restaurants and afternoon tea can be made from 10 September.

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