Set back from the Strand behind its own private road, the Savoy is heralded by its iconic Art Deco sign and gold statue of Peter II, Count of Savoy, whose palace once stood here. Step into the marbled Edwardian front hall and the feeling is one of reassuring tradition mixed with bold and lavish statement, reinforced by the winter garden gazebo beyond in the Thames Foyer – the heart of the hotel where afternoon tea is served. Each part of The Savoy has its own atmosphere, from the sophisticated American Bar, the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain, to the chic Beaufort Bar and from the splendid original Red Lift or ‘Ascending Room’ to the majestic sweep down to the River Restaurant. With a very tangible sense of history combining with an age-defying air of glamour, The Savoy remains pre-eminent amongst London’s grande dame hotels, and its restaurants, including the classic Grill and the intimate Restaurant 1890, all run by Gordon Ramsay, are superb. For the colourful past of Britain’s first luxury hotel, blended with every contemporary comfort, look no further.

Doubles from £680

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Dining room at the Savoy.