The Ritz is one of the poshest hotels in the world, it’s name is known by millions and is located in the prime London location of Piccadilly, hence the name the ‘Princess of Piccadilly’. The Ritz celebrated its centenary in 2006 after first opening its doors to the public on May 24th 1906.  It was Edward VII who created the hotel, and his vision of the ultimate hotel still remains alive and well to this day.  The hotel was designed by Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis who had already worked with Cesar Ritz on the Hotel Ritz in Paris and The Charlton in London. The Swedish engineer Sven Bylander designed the steel frame of the hotel, which was a very new concept in European building at the time, so it did not take long for the building to go up.  Since its opening it has been frequented by the rich and famous, amongst them Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle and President Eisenhower during World War II.

Service and etiquette is a huge part of the hotels image and each guest is greeted by name and has the attention of two members of staff. The restaurants and bars have a formal dress code and men must wear suits and ties.  The Ritz Restaurant has a reputation for the best service that you can receive in the world of fine dining, and the food is exceptional – expect sumptuous dishes that will make your mouth water – slow roast pork belly and sea scallops with garden peas suit your taste buds? It is not just the food that entices though, the restaurant has oft been described as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Europe with opulent fabrics and rich colours, and when it was built they had to reinforce the ceiling to accommodate the enormous weight of the massive ornate chandeliers.  Every Friday and Saturday night sees a traditional dinner and dance take place in the Restaurant with a four-piece band.  The restaurant brings you back to a different era when manners, etiquette and opulence were centre-fold.

There is also Palm Court where the Ritz’s two famous sittings of afternoon tea is served – offering 17 different types of tea, fresh scones with all sorts of jams and clotted cream, sandwiches and pastries.

Each bedroom at the Ritz is decorated with antique furnishings and even since its complete overhaul remains true to the original style and concept of the hotel.  All the rooms use gold leaf and are a combination of blue, pink, peach and yellow.  Every room has internet access, a mini-bar, fax point, bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, pillow menu and there are extra services available such as help with packing and unpacking your luggage and a turndown service!

During a stay at the Ritz you receive temporary membership for ‘Ritz Club’, which offers The Club’s Restaurant, Bar and Gaming Room.