The Savoy

The quintessential London hotel
Often called “London’s most famous hotel,” The Savoy holds a special place in the heart of this great European city.

Opened in 1889 as the first truly high-end hotel in Britain, The Savoy has been at the forefront of decadence ever since, having introduced a series of mod cons ranging from electric lighting to hot running water, en suite bathrooms to air-conditioning.

Today, the hotel retains its ability to keep pace with modern luxury while retaining the old-fashioned prestige and opulence that has seen figures such as Sir Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn and Christian Dior pass through its famous revolving doors.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Savoy Museum is a unique offering that is definitely worth your time. Its old postcards, busts and other paraphernalia document the storied hotel’s glamorous history in London.
  • The boutique Savoy Tea Shop inside the London hotel includes an onsite chocolatier and such goodies as lavender éclairs and raspberry and wine macarons.
  • The American Bar has been called the best in the world, and it is worth a visit for one of its classic signature cocktails or tribute champagne cocktails.
  • Live piano music follows guests throughout the hotel, from the Thames Foyer in the afternoon to the American Bar in the evening.
  • Guests who have graced The Savoy’s corridors include Queen Elizabeth, Claude Monet, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Babe Ruth and Bob Dylan, who filmed one of his music videos behind the hotel.
Things to Know
  • The London hotel gets a little hectic in the afternoon as the crowds pack in for back-to-back afternoon tea sittings.
  • Half of its rooms are in the Edwardian style inspired by the era of the hotel’s openings, while half are in the art deco style that was present during the height of its popularity in the 20th century.
  • To clinch its singularity among other hotels, the London hotel sits at the end of the only street in the city where vehicles drive on the right.
The Rooms
  • No two bedrooms at The Savoy are the same, though all hotel room interiors are designed in either traditional English Edwardian or elegant art deco style.
  • The regular Savoy Rooms include queen-size beds, writing desks, flat-screen TVs and bespoke furnishings.
  • The moderately sized bathrooms in the rooms at The Savoy are clad in luxurious white and brown marble and offer deep-soaking tubs, rain showers and heated towel racks.
  • Nine Personality Suites have been inspired by famous guests from the hotel’s rich history — from Noël Coward to Marlene Dietrich — and all River View suites come with their own Savoy Butlers.
The Restaurants
  • The luxury hotel houses three Gordon Ramsay restaurants: Savoy Grill, serving traditional fare in the original 1920s art deco dining room; The River Restaurant, specializing in seafood delights overlooking the Thames; and Restaurant 1890, offering intimate dining in a spectacular setting.

  • Head to Thames foyer for breakfast or to experience The Savoy’s heralded afternoon tea under a stunning glass-domed atrium that radiates natural light and a social atmosphere.
  • Be sure to head to the Beaufort Bar for champagne or the American Bar for a great drink that harks back to the golden age of cocktails in the 1920s.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
Strand, London, WC2R 0EU
LHR (35-55 min)   LGW (1 h-1 h 25 min)   LCY (22-35 min)  
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