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The History of The Savoy Grill

The History of The Savoy Grill

Set along the banks of the River Thames, The world famous Savoy Hotel has been home to one of London’s most iconic restaurants since 1889, the Savoy Grill.

The opening of London’s first luxury hotel in 1889 was overseen by Richard D’Oyly Carte following his previous venture in 1881 of The Savoy Theatre set in old Savoy Palace, in order to showcase the elite of the Operettas. The Savoy was quick to impress, being the first hotel to be lit up by electricity.

Soon after opening, hotel manager César Ritz joined the team at The Savoy, bringing with him prominent chef Auguste Escoffier to run the kitchen, whose influence still inspires the menu today. 

The Savoy Grill is dripping with history; from old Hollywood starlets to celebrated political figures it has always been the place to see and be seen. Amongst the glitterati who frequently dined at the Savoy Grill was Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, Doris Day, Ivor Novello and Marilyn Monroe. To this day, the table plan has been carefully preserved ensuring this history is not lost.

The restoration focused on details of Art Deco inspired Swarovski chandeliers, antique mirrors, luxurious mohair velvet coverings and real gold leaf backed tortoiseshell Lucite walls have brought a new level of elegance to the room whilst at the same time restoring it to its former glory. A private dining room is available and features an exclusive Kitchen Table, for those wanting to experience the excitement of being in the kitchen.

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