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History & Heritage

The Savoy was the first purpose-built deluxe hotel in London, setting new standards for luxury, comfort and service unheard of in the hotel world of the day. As the first hotel of its type in London, it was a magnet for the wealthy, the famous, the glamorous, and even the notorious; their stories have accrued over the decades to become part of the legend of this truly unique hotel.

Stardust

The man behind The Savoy was theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, a showman through and through. In making the leap from…

Royal Family

The outstanding luxury, glamour and innovation which The Savoy brought to the British hotel business when it opened in 1889 attracted all…

Inspiring Innovation

The Savoy was the first purpose-built deluxe hotel in Britain, when it opened in 1889, offering the comfort, luxury and service…

Dramatic Décor

Built by the theatrical impresario and builder of the Savoy Theatre, Richard D’Oyly Carte, The Savoy hotel had more than a…

Personalities

The Savoy has always attracted the great and the good, the glittering and the glamorous through its doors, to rub shoulders with…

Face the Music – and dance!

The Savoy’s first famous general manager was the legendary hotelier Cesar Ritz. Ritz arrived at The Savoy in 1890, brimming with…

Historical Tour of The Savoy

Our historical tours with Susan Scott, The Savoy’s archivist, are a must for any guest interested in the hotel’s rich history and heritage.