The Ritz London – Ten Things to Love

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From the moment you are greeted at the front door of The Ritz London – you know you are in for something very special.

There’s just something about this hotel that charms.

1. Location

The Ritz is located in the heart of London, making it the perfect location for exploring one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It’s close to the mall, Buckingham Palace and great shopping. The nearest underground station is Green Park, which is less than a two-minute walk from the hotel and is on the Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee lines. It is an eight-minute walk to Piccadilly Circus tube station and a 12-minute walk to Hyde Park Corner station. There are several bus routes, which go through Green Park along Piccadilly.

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2. Afternoon Tea

Book well in advance for the iconic afternoon tea and soak up the atmosphere – like others have done for decades. There’s something delightfully devilish about nibbling on finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve plus the choice of pastries.
There are 18 types of loose-leaf tea to choose from or you can sip a glass of bubbles. The elegant Palm Court always looks a picture with beautiful polished silver, gleaming chandeliers and fresh flowers.

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3.Tea Sommelier

The Ritz London is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, who travels around the world to various tea plantations to source wonderful teas.

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4.The World’s Most Beautiful Dining Room

The Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant offers fine cuisine in the most spectacular of settings. With sparkling chandeliers, towering marble columns and soaring floor to ceiling windows overlooking the calm oasis of Green Park, it is well placed to be one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world. Executive Chef, John Williams creates dishes using the best of seasonal British ingredients, sourcing them from around the country including organic beef from the Cornish moors, lamb from the Lake District, and succulent lobsters from South West Scotland.

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5.Best Sunday Lunch

Savour the cuisine and elegant decor of The Ritz dining room with Sunday Lunch. Dine on traditional roast sirloin and rib of beef carved and served at your tableside off the beef trolley. Diners can also experience six seasonal courses from the Menu Surprise designed by Executive Chef, John Williams.

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6. Cook Book

The Ritz London: The Cookbook is the first cookbook to celebrate recipes of the dishes John Williams has created to be served at The Ritz including the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant, the iconic Palm Court and the legendary Rivoli Bar. It features 100 delicious recipes and is divided into the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.  Each season begins with a unique cocktail and canapé pairing, and includes first courses, main courses and desserts, interspersed with special features on subjects from tea to truffles. Recipes range from the simple to the seasonal, to the signature, and the sublime.

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7.The Rivoli Bar

The Finer Things in Travel loves this bar – it oozes style and is a little like walking into a glittering jewellery box. The best-selling cocktail is the Ritz 110, created to celebrate the hotel’s 110th birthday. It’s a place you want to stay longer and the service is impeccable.

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8.Travel in Style

They say the journey is just as important as the destination and it’s true if you travel in the hotel’s iconic 8thgeneration Ritz Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB, built by hand in England in the manufacturer’s headquarters in Goodwood, Sussex. With its powerful silhouette, chrome detailing, leather interiors and bespoke Ritz blue, the car provides the quietest cabin Rolls-Royce has ever created with an exceptionally spacious suite, enhanced by discreet technology. A complimentary chauffeur-driven one-way airport transfer within The Ritz-Rolls Royce Phantom is offered to all guests staying in one of the signature suites.

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9.Breakfast Buffet in Grand Style

We love the breakfast buffet in The Restaurant that features the famous circle of chandeliers and sumptuous décor and you just never know who you may spy dining on eggs benedict with a salmon side. Request a table near the windows so you can look over the park.

10.Sleep Well.

Our spacious King Deluxe room showcases Louis XVI style with modern conveniences, a sitting area and large bathroom. Snuggle down amid the embossed bedspread and crisp sheets and chances are you won’t want to leave this stately haven. There’s a photo of actress Rita Hayworth draped in mink on the mantelpiece – seems she rather fancied the Ritz and who could blame her.

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Don’ be surprised if you start humming Puttin’ on the Ritz as you stroll the stairways, galleries and arcades of this beautiful iconic hotel.


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