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Your Savoy Stories
The most romantic birthday
I celebrated my 40th birthday at The Savoy last December, and to make it even more memorable, my wonderful husband presented me with a beautiful diamond eternity ring.
Taking the next step
My boyfriend Matt Britton asked me to move in with him following an impromptu dinner at the restaurant which is now known as Kaspar’s and two years later we got married at The Savoy. It’s our fourth wedding anniversary next week and we are looking forward to our upcoming stay in our special suite.
The surprise honeymoon plans
I proposed to my wife Joanne Youdan-Smith in Simpson’s in the Strand. I still remember all the staff assisting with secrecy. Then during our wedding day by answering a series of riddles I had given various guests she learned of the honeymoon I had arranged. River Suite then a week of West End Shows. For people who know us both the perfect honeymoon. Jo was surprised by the Butler though!
Something old, something new
When my dear Aunty retired from working at The Savoy many moons ago, she was given a beautiful hand made diamond necklace from her colleagues. Years later she gave it to me to wear on my wedding day which bizarrely was the exact same day as she retired all those years before! Maybe not quite the type of love story you had in mind, but was how The Savoy played a part on my wedding day!
Best years of my life
Great memories of my time working at The Savoy through the 1960s and 70s – they were the best years of my life. I still work as a head waiter in a top restaurant in Dublin and I use all my Savoy stories as it makes great conversation with my guests! I was invited back to the Savoy Grill for dinner with my daughter and it was a great memorable experience and as great as ever.
A lovely camaraderie
I worked at The Savoy from 1985 to 1987 and have lovely memories of starting as a restaurant cashier for both restaurants the Savoy Grill and Thames Foyer then transferring to the Bills Office. The managers waited on the staff at the Christmas Party. There was a lovely camaraderie between all staff of all nationalities and ages. A wonderful hotel and for anyone working in hospitality, or of course staying there, a great experience!
Serving drinks for the Queen
I worked at The Savoy from 1997 until 2003. I started as Sommelier in the River Restaurant and then Headwaiter and Deputy Restaurant Manager, then I was promoted as Manager in the Thames Foyer. It was the most beautiful time of my life! The most exciting memory when I was in charge preparing and serving drinks for H.M. The Queen in the Pinafore room. God save the Queen! And The Savoy!
I met my wife there
I worked there from 2000 to 2004 in the pastry kitchen and met my wife there. She was a chef in the river restaurant and we have so many good memories.
A wide eyed Yorkshire girl
I worked at The Savoy from 1997 to 2000 in the restaurant kitchen. I was a wide eyed Yorkshire girl that couldn’t believe her luck. My time at The Savoy was really special and I got to work with some fantastic people and learned a lot about life too.
First proper job
I worked there, my first proper job, in the early 1970s. It was a generation of Savoy characters. Claudio Buttafava was Reception Manager and Jimmy Sarton assistant RM, Fred Snow was Head Porter (and Mr Fixit), Miss Dodie Cotter was in charge of Records and Miss D’Oyly Carte was still overall Head of Housekeeping, Evangelo Brioni was Head Chef. It was an amazing era to be involved in. I was the 2nd generation, my mother worked there in the late 1940s/early 50s. I worked for CB and later as the Telex Operator, she worked as a secretary and stenographer.
A memorable student job
As a student in 1965 to 1968, I worked as a bell hop in The Savoy. I worked the Savoy Grill, the East side lift, and on rare occasions, the main lift in the reception area. I had an amazing time there and I remember Mr. Stafford one of the managers who was a very kind person. As a student to be able to eat in the staff canteen was memorable!
I always dreamed I’d stay here
Absolutely love this hotel. I used to always walk past it as a child and my Dad would tell me it’s one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. I always dreamed that one day I’d stay there and my husband made that dream come true. We don’t live in London now but when in town we always call in for a drink.
My grandad Andrew Griesel worked in the kitchen in 1912. He would have been 13! Great history for my family which was only revealed when we took my mum there for her 87th Christmas treat.
An introduction to jazz
Many years ago when I was at the Savoy, I was first introduced to jazz piano when I saw and heard the legendary artist, Ramsay Lewis. He was just superb. And not to forget the excellent atmosphere at The Savoy!
An amazing lunch
We had an amazing lunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Roberto, our waiter, was very welcoming upon arrival,
and professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire service.
To really top everything off, my husband was presented with a delicious pudding wishing him Happy Birthday on behalf of the hotel! We will be back!
A magical Christmas
We were amazed to wake up on the Sunday morning of our stay to see all the Christmas trimmings up. It made it feel magical.