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In the heart of central London, a stay at The Ritz grants access to English luxury and traditions, as well as all the cultural wealth and entertainments of the capital
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.