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If you’re not sure what to eat and drink The Ritz London, we can help you out. Here are our choices for the must-try items at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel:
1. El Presidente. Flip to the vintage cocktails portion of The Rivoli Bar’s menu for its most exclusive drinks made with rare spirits. Foremost among them is El Presidente, made with Bacardi 150th anniversary rum, 1960s Martini and Rossi red vermouth and 1950s angostura bitters.
2. The Ritz 100. We could probably fill this list with drinks from The Rivoli, but we’ll limit it to just one more, this time from the regular champagne cocktails list. The bartenders dreamt up the tasty The Ritz 100 in 2006 to celebrate the London hotel’s centennial, and it remains a guest favorite. Befitting the Ritz name, the cocktail is crafted with gold-infused Ketel One, Grand Marnier, champagne, a dash of crème de pêche and an orange twist garnish. The waiter finishes it tableside by using silver tongs to drop a brown sugar cube to make it fizz.
3. The caviar menu. Pair your Rivoli cocktail with caviar. The bar’s dedicated menu offers naccarii, baerii, oscetra and beluga. All of the selections are available in servings of 30 or 50 grams. This menu is also available through room service.
4. Afternoon tea. Teatime in the luxury hotel’s Palm Court is a popular affair. It’s a special-occasion outing, and it’s not only for tourists. Residents outside of London make trips to the city specifically for a formal tea service in the ornate space, with its gilded ceiling and gold statues and chandeliers. They get dressed up to nosh on finger sandwiches like chicken breast with horseradish cream on white and cheddar cheese with chutney on onion bread.
5. English breakfast. We really could have put any dish down here — it would just be an excuse to see the palatial Ritz Restaurant, one of the most gorgeous dining rooms in the city with gold garland and chandeliers hanging from a sky painted on the ceiling. But the morning is a great time to visit — it’s not too crowded and you get to see Green Park from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The English breakfast is the best choice from the menu. It gives you two free-range eggs, bacon or ham, black pudding or sausage, grilled mushrooms and a halved tomato delivered on a Tiffany-blue plate lined with gold. But the meal also gives you access to the buffet, which includes various cheeses, quail eggs, housemade yogurt in flavors like strawberry, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and more. Otherwise, head there on a Saturday for Live at The Ritz, where you can dine and then dance to a live band playing classics from the American Songbook (there’s a £30 — about $46 — entertainment fee if you don’t order the four-course prix-fixe menu). Dress to impress.