The Ritz London
What We Love
- The Ritz' internationally famed and palm festooned tea room, with five afternoon tea appointments starting each day from 11:30 am
- Deluxe guest suites with views of both London's bustling Picadilly Street and verdant Green Park
- The early art deco style design of the hotel's Rivoli Bar, by award winning designer, Tessa Kennedy
What To Know
- Two opulent and spacious rooms at the Ritz are licensed to hold wedding ceremonies
- The Ritz offers a babysitting service arranged through the concierge
- Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie to afternoon tea and dining areas
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- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sturdy English masonry meets French chateau style architecture at The Ritz in London. Perhaps that’s down to its designers, an Englishman, Arthur Davis; and a Frenchman, Charles Mewés. From Piccadilly Street, the hotel’s ranks of heavy chimneys pierce the skyline. Parisian architectural cues influence the hotel’s interiors; a long vaulted gallery opens onto the Palm Room where afternoon tea is held; or on to private events rooms and the hotel’s restaurant, all bedecked in French architectural style with Louis XVI furnishings.
Bed and Bath
All 133 guest rooms and suites have over many years of restorations, been restored to their original Louis XVI style. Antique furniture, gold leaf mouldings, and sparkling chandeliers set the tone in rooms awash with salmon pink, rose pink, yellow or blue carpets, bed linens, and window treatments of Jacquard and damask silks. Bathrooms are bright and spacious costumed in brown and beige marbles with fabulous thick bathrobes and white linens.
Lunch and dinner at The Ritz Restaurant is one of the finest and overlooked eateries in all of London. Chef John Williams, who has been leading professional kitchens in London for over 25 years, offers an a la carte and small tasting menu that explores British culinary heritage with modern techniques and styling. A typical lunch menu might offer dainty starters, like a dressed crab roll with avocado and charentais melo and continue with a Bresse Chicken Demi-Deuil carved at the table. For desert are treats like an intensely rich Amedai Chocolate Ganache sprinkled with sea salt and tonka. Teams of waiters attend to each table and the sommeliers suggest rare and unique wine pairings to accompany each of the Chef Williams’ grand creations.
In the Area
The Ritz sits in the beating heart of central London surrounded by fascinating cultural institutions like the Royal Academy of Arts, The National Portrait Gallery and a clutch of west end theatres. In neighbouring Soho, new restaurants abound, like the ramen soup spot, Bone Daddies; the always packed champagne bar, Bubbledogs; and Chef Jeremy Lee’s beloved Quo Vadis. Savile Row and famous shopping thoroughfares like Bond Street and Dover Street Market are all a few minutes walk from the hotel.
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Amazing afternoon tea today. Many thanks for going above and beyond for my dairy free child. The chef whipped up a new batch of scones as they had run out and he wanted more. Amazing venue although no air con so very hot for the boys in their suits. Possible air con investment would be good. Would recommend to all ages. Our kids wer 11, 12 and 16 and they loved it. Amazing pianist playing too.
I often host events at The Ritz and I always like to book a few nights there also. The attention to detail from the moment of arrival until the moment of departure is always second to none. The ambience is very much that of an iconic hotel, it oozes international recognition, for a reason. The staff always go above and beyond to ensure my stay and experience at the hotel is a memorable and enjoyable one. I would particularly like to thank Claire (Events Department) for all of her help to ensure my events always run smoothly. Happily set to return in the not too distant future. It certainly does have the timeless 'wow factor'.
I booked dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ritz for my daughter's graduation and had requested to check in before 3pm as we had to change for the ceremony. Unfortunately, and through no fault of the Ritz staff, this was delayed and we had to get changed in the powder room.
We didn't return until early evening to find that we'd been upgraded to a suite, where a complimentary bottle of champagne, a cake and a hand written card were waiting for my daughter to congratulate her on her graduation. We had an excellent dinner in the dining room and enjoyed the relaxing vibe created by the pianist and singer.
Our stay was enhanced by the immaculate attention to detail displayed by staff members and their friendly and welcoming approach making us feel special from the outset .
The Palm Court kept up constant communication before our stay to ensure that out dietary needs were met ( we are vegan) . The sandwiches and mini deserts were delicious and we had plenty of choice.
. I felt that overall customer service from staff leaves a lot to be desired once you arrive at the Ritz, we have stayed at the best hotels at home and abroad and we have found that the level of service is better there. This discovery was a disappointment as The Ritz is synonymous with stellar service - or so we thought before we actually stayed there. We wouldn't return as there are other world class hotels in London with higher standards of customer service.
We had breakfast in room and again this was really nice. Our room was quiet and our room overlooked Green Park , so we had lovely views over breakfast
If anything we would possibly return for afternoon tea but not to stay. We would have to exhaust other afternoon tea options in London first through.
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We’ve travelled the UK for 3 weeks with a family of 5 people and decided to end our stay at The Ritz London. The Manager, Dhaval Rathod, took the time to keep personal email contact with us when we inquired about the reservation, in order to personalize our stay at The Ritz. I appreciated the fact that reception staff (Jodie and Louis) acknowledged all other emails sent and attended to it, asap.
We were welcomed at The Ritz by the most warming smiles at the door and felt at home when Orla attend to our needs and showed us the rooms.
Having stayed in The Ritz London before, we knew about the dress code, in order to reflect the elegant nature of the hotel’s architecture. From the webpage: “Reflecting the elegant nature of the hotel’s architecture The Ritz London has a dress code in different areas of the hotel as follows: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie (jeans are not permitted for either ladies or gentlemen) for afternoon tea in The Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in The Ritz Restaurant. In all other areas of the hotel (The Ritz Restaurant breakfast service, The Rivoli Bar, The Long Gallery) and The Ritz Club, smart casual attire is suitable. Please note that trainers or sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel or Club’s restaurants or bars.”
The family were groomed for the occasion and I made use of the salon on the 7th floor. “Hiro Miyoshi Hair and Beauty” opened a branch at The Ritz a few weeks ago and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to them.
Breakfast was a real treat and I loved the rice pudding with fruit, as well as the eggs benedict. We were served by Filippo, an Italian waiter, who showed an exemplary level of attention to detail throughout our stay. Staff (including cleaning staff), were friendly and caring. Staff were represented by people from all over the world, which was a delight to see how different people could work as one.
Two men who must enjoy their work thoroughly, is the hall-porters, Andy and Michael. It is an honour to have met them and to see and experience how well they work as a team. They also assisted me with the online check-in and printed our boarding passes.
Our boys enjoyed the fast WiFi that was free of charge.
We loved our stay at The Ritz and will return as soon as possible, as they make each guest feel like a royal.