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Savoy Residents

Part of The Savoy family, each one of our talented residents brings their unique expertise to enhance the experience and create memories for our guests.


Damian Barr, award-winning writer, columnist and author of Maggie & Me, is The Savoy’s Literary Ambassador. Damian has revived the hotel’s famous Writer-in-Residence programme, will be introducing a Book Butler to oversee a seasonal library for guests, and continues to host his sell-out Literary Salons in the Lancaster Ballroom.

Each Writer-in-Residence brings their unique voice to the hotel and takes up residency for around three weeks working on an exclusive story and appearing at events. Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent and After Me Comes the Flood resided at The Savoy in October 2018 during the launch her Sunday Times Bestseller, Melmoth. In 2020, The Savoy will also welcome Aminatta Forna and Garth Greenwell as Writers in Residence.

Award-winning author of the novels HappinessThe Hired ManThe Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Waterauthor, Aminatta Forna is the latests writer taking up residency at The Savoy as part of the revived Writer-in-Residence programme.

  • Aminatta Forna’s residency will take place in January 2020. Please contact us if you’d like to find out more.


Highly-acclaimed jazz vocalist, Judi Jackson is The Savoy’s first Musician-in-Residence, playing in the heart of the hotel as part of our live entertainment programme Live at The Savoy.

Having recently launched her debut album ‘Live in London’, the Virginia-born jazz vocalist and performer will embark on her new residency at The Savoy with an exciting new repertoire. Frequently on the road, Jackson has sold out headline shows world-wide and has collaborated with the likes of Warner Music’s George Moore and Michael League, member of Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy, for the creation of her 2017 EP ‘Blame it on my Youth.’

  • Please contact us if you’d like to find out more about Live at The Savoy and our Musician-in-Residence.


Named by The Evening Standard as one of the most influential Londoners under 25, British satirical cartoonist Zoom Rockman is The Savoy’s Artist-in-Residence. Zoom’s first commission for The Savoy was a six-piece illustration series of Sir Winston Churchill now on display at Simpson’s in the Strand.

  • Please contact us if you’d like to find out more about Zoom Rockman as Artist-in-Residence at The Savoy.


The Collective You, created by renowned Canadian portrait photographer Dennis Gocer, can make even the most camera shy of guests feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the lens. The result is a stunning black and white portrait photograph, and the chance for everyone to have a golden moment in the spotlight – one that’s just for them.

The Savoy’s Photographer-in-Residence, Dennis Gocer, and his team will be taking up residency at The Savoy throughout 2019 to offer their portrait photography service to guests and to attend some of the high profile events taking place at the hotel.

  • Please contact us to find out more about The Collective You.

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