The Ritz London Hotel
This is a review is of one of London’s grandest hotels, world-famous The Ritz London hotel.
The Ritz London is set in the bustling Mayfair and St. James district, a luxury, iconic 1906 hotel only a few minutes away from the Royal Academy of Arts and Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of downtown London.
Having been invited to London by Grey Poupon and The Downton Abbey Kitchen, my stay in London was exceptional, and we were fortunate enough to stay the last 2 nights at The Ritz. We also stayed at The Bull and the Hide, and The Halkin by Como, in London.
Inside the hotel, old world charm mixes with first class service. The surroundings are stunningly beautiful, the moment you step foot into the foyer. They change out the flowers with fresh new bouquets every other day; this time, stunning soft pink roses!
The concierge, butlers, porters, door men, reception staff, casion staff and chauffeur were so helpful, with the highest standard of customer service.
Afternoon tea in London at The Ritz is an institution in itself, served in the spectacular Palm Court, with a choice of several varieties of tea and a delicious menu. We walked through this beautiful area to get to our elevator to take us up to our room, listening to pianists, a violinist, and soloists serenading the hotel guests.
Our room was large, with the most comfortable beds. The room was beautiful; everything is branded with the Ritz logo and has an old world elegance to it. The ornate rooms with Louis XVI-style decor and antique furnishings have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and minibars.
The bathroom was large, with heating racks with heavy towels and a large tub.
Turn down is a lovely ritual where your headboard is covered and linen floor mats and slippers are laid out. You really can’t go to bed without “turn down” (which also includes lovely classical music, and a few treats) as the heavy bedspreads are removed.
Dining at The Ritz London was quite the experience, with some of the best cuisine available anywhere in the world.
We enjoyed breakfast with the Deputy Chairman, Andrew Love, and a tour of the hotel.
Along with our traditional English breakfast, which included tea and some of the finest home baked croissants and danish pastries made in The Ritz Bakery, we also enjoyed different flavored “yoghurts.”
RecipeGirl and I had time to grab a quick lunch in the Rivoli Bar, where we had a glass of champagne and enjoyed a classic English fondue. The setting was relaxing and delicious in a creative and boldly-designed setting.
The last day, we enjoyed room service with a beautiful breakfast.
All dining experiences included fresh ingredients, and of course the service was exemplary.
We heard that it can take up to 6-months to get a reservation for high tea, served in a palm tree-lined courtyard.
The day we arrived at the hotel we also visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, touring the Downton fashion and entertaining era.
We were served dinner in one of the oldest restaurants in London, Rules, where we enjoyed a private meal upstairs, hosted by Grey Poupon.
Rules is one of the locations that Edith Crawley & Michael Greason dined for lunch in the show Downton Abbey.
Stay tuned for more of my trip to London, where we went from the Ritz to Bampton & Highclere Castle with a private tour guide, and where we were hosted by Lady Carnavon for high tea in the Downton castle!
Such a delightful trip, in light of the Paris attack that took place on our last night in London, and we were so grateful for our experience, but happy to get home to the States as well.
My trip and stay at The Ritz London was sponsored by Grey Poupon and The Downton Abbey Kitchen; as always, all opinions are my own.
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wow what a dream trip! tysm for pics. i really loved seeing the castle and the ritz.. all of it! i wouldve loved to live in London
Quite an experience! I lived and worked in and around London for years, but only popped into the Ritz once, for a quick drink. Loved your photos! Doesn’t fondue originate from Switzerland?
I want to take a swim in that bathtub! What a gorgeous hotel!
So lovely. Historic iconic hotels are always among my favorite ones to stay in. I love the history and the stories associated with them and the London Ritz is no exception. Plus it’s in such a fabulous location in one of my favorite cities – double score. So glad you had such a wonderful time!
I’ve never seen an English fondue before, but England does have delicious cheese. I’m keeping this in mind for my next trip to London!
This looks and sounds like a dream trip – and the food!!! Loved following this on your Instagram as well!
Thanks, Marnely. Truly a highlight of 2015!
I loved every minute of it- I seriously cannot wait to go back and take my husband to The Ritz- such a special experience. And that dinner at Rules Restaurant was amazing too!! Oh, and the castle… can’t forget that. Trip of a lifetime!!
Did we have to pinch ourselves, or what? So fun to travel with you to London, Lori!
What a beautiful hotel and in such a great location too. It looks like a wonderful place to stay with such an attention to detail, especially the evening turndown service – how nice! London is my favorite city to visit, I’ll have to look into the Ritz on our next trip.
Beautiful photos! So much elegance in one post!