The Savoy, one of London's most
famous hotels, was built in 1884 - 89.
Overlooking the Thames, it stands
on the site of the medieval Savoy Palace. With the managerial
skills of CÚsar Ritz and the culinary genius of Auguste Escoffier
the hotel soon earned its reputation as one of the finest
hotels in London, and
pioneered electric light and en-suite bathrooms.
Today, the hotel's Art Deco features
still give it a distinctive elegance. The Savoy Grill
is a famous meeting place for journalists and politicians.
Attached to the building is the
Savoy Theatre, which actually
predates the hotel by eight years. Built for Richard
D'Oyly Carte, it was here that the D'Oyly Carte opera first
performed the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
The forecourt of the Savoy Hotel
is the only street in Britain where traffic drives on the