The Ritz London Hotel
César Ritz, the famous Swiss hotelier opened the hotel on May 24, 1906. The building was built during the Belle Époque in neoclassical style, the arcades bonds participated in the Parisian architecture of the Rue de Rivoli. Its architects were Charles Mewes, who had previously already designed the Hôtel Ritz in Paris, and Arthur Davis, in collaboration with the Swedish engineer Sven Bylander. The Ritz was the first hotel in the UK, which in each suite had a private bathroom.
Ritz ran the hotel for many years personally. His famous French chef Auguste Escoffier was responsible for the haute cuisine of the house. Ritz had to install a special bell at the entrance, with the reception person could show at the door the staff, the arrival of a Royal Highness. The principles laid down by Ritz high standards of service and luxurious amenities were new to the London of the Victorian era, and set standards for the entire hotel industry.
The Scottish billionaire twins Frederick and David Barclay acquired the hotel in October 1995 for £ 80 million through their company Ellerman Investments. The renovation of the building took ten years and cost 50 million pounds. The hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World.
The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, lived in the last four months of her life at the Ritz Hotel suite, where she died on April 8, 2013 following a stroke.
The most famous is the spaciousness of the Ritz Palm Court, the opulent style of Louis XVI. decorated tea room. The " Tea at the Ritz " took Beginning to Edward VII, Charlie Chaplin, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Noel Coward, Judy Garland, Evelyn Waugh and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother a. The Ritz Restaurant is often referred to as one of Europe's finest restaurants - equipped with so many chandeliers that the ceiling had to be specially reinforced to bear their weight. The Rivoli Bar, built in the Art Deco style, was designed in 2001 by interior designer Tessa Kennedy. The hotel has several private dining rooms, including the Marie Antoinette Suite, which was used as a conference room for meetings between Churchill, de Gaulle and Eisenhower during the Second World War.
In the former ballroom of the hotel now houses the Ritz Club Casino, which is referred to as one of the most exclusive privately run casinos in Europe is located.