Cesar Ritz, the greatest hotelier of his time and perhaps since, saw his dream for a hotel to spoil, to pamper, and to please and to delight his guests come to fruition, again, on May 25, 1906 in the guise of The Ritz London. Hotels on a palatial scale were Cesar Ritz’s forte, with locations in Paris, Madrid, Rome and Budapest, in Boston, Montreal and New York.
Many a grand entrance is made and has been made at The Ritz. The Prince of Wales and Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall, made their first public appearance on 28 January 1999 at The Ritz. Even during the Second World War years dining at The Ritz was an occasion. It was not until 1947 that the hotel received the go-ahead from the government to begin essential renovations of The Ritz London.
Mewès & Davis, at the turn of the century, designed what today is one of the most sumptuous and outstanding interiors in London for fine dining, the Restaurant. Davis designed the grand dining space to enlist one of a fête–celebration, yet calming not only to the eye but to the entire emotional system.
Mewès and Davis took great pains to base their design on authentic sources. Although the original circle of sixteen chandeliers, inspired by a print, Le Festin Royal by Moreau le Jeune, showing a grand party given by the City of Paris for the King and Queen on 21 January 1782 on the occasion of the birth of the Dauphin, were long ago removed, a panelled mirror on the north wall of the room today serves to reflect light from the current twelve elaborate bronze wall-lights and chandeliers connected throughout the room by heavy bronze garlands. Mewès & Davis drew inspiration for the original bronze chandeliers from another print after Augustin de Saint – Aubin, Le Bal Paré that show the sixteen lustres, some small and other elaborately larger, connected by garlands of flowers in gilt bronze.
Architects around the years of 1900 felt serious that a room’s total effect be one of decoration, a badge of honour. Mewès & Davis were men of their time. Davis used marble as rich and varied as in the famous Staircase of the Ambassadors at Versailles. Davis intended for the room sing to the senses with all its opulent glory–a pale veined white, delicate pink and strips of pale green. The pink marble is a Norwegian ‘brèche d’Alep’ and ‘a veined statuary marble’ from Carrara, Italy. Still today stand two magnificent urns of grey marble with gilt-bronze mounts at the south end of the Restaurant.
The great floor-to-ceiling windows face west to Green Park; but, their enormous size in the Restaurant capture and share the breakfast delicate morning natural light. On a fine winter’s day, the sun’s rays, at midday, find refuge against the hard surfaces of the marbles, illuminating their delicate pinks and pale white. The painted ceiling is a marvel of conception and artistry. As the Restaurant is used on a daily basis, the chandeliers and wall-lights remain lit during the day in winter. The evening sees the ambiance and colour scheme of the room change as if by magic as candles are lit and the lights softened. Although hundreds of electric bulbs are enlisted today in the Restaurant, the overall effect is of candlelights, and the look intensified when the chandeliers seen reflected through the many mirrors divided into panes-like windows. A whimsical fairy fantasy of twinkling illuminated dots as performing a ballet across an evening sky.
Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday
with The Ritz London
The Ritz London will be celebrating its 110th anniversary this year and to mark this special occasion they have created a selection of ‘Best of British’ accommodation packages. The hotel has created a package befitting the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2016. The two-night stay at The Ritz London includes attendance at Her Majesty’s official birthday celebrations in Windsor Castle’s private grounds. Ritz guests may select their preferred date of attendance according to their arrival date. The evening will commence with a black tie, Champagne and canapé reception followed by a three-course gala dinner. This event will feature 900 horses, over 1,500 participants, a fusion of the latest video production, LED effects and theatrical lighting.
This two night stay starts from £4,660 inclusive of Value Added Tax, based on two people sharing, and is available for guests arriving on 11th, 12th or 13th May 2016. Reservations are non-refundable and must be pre-paid and confirmed by 15th April 2016.
Save the date! Champagne Dinner with the renowned house of Ruinart
Champagne Dinner at The Ritz together with the renowned house of Ruinart for an exclusive evening of fine dining and Champagne on Thursday 23rd October 2014 Menu: Begin with an assortment of delicate canapes: scallop tartare with lime and basil; goose liver, gingerbread and spiced pineapple gel; coronation chicken; noisette of brill darphin; hickory smoked jambonnette of chicken; king prawns in their jackets with an accompaniment of mango and yogurt. Ruinart Blanc de Blance NV en Magnum.
Carpaccio of Venison. Ruinart Rose Brut NV. Langoustine with spiced carrot puree and ginger cream Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut NV; Veal Fillet and Breast with Girolles and Carrots. Dom Ruinart Brut 2004.
A delightful ending to a glorious Champagne evening!
Rose Iced Nougat; Honey Cremeux and Raspberry. Dom Ruinart Rose Brut 2002.
This superb dinner will be hosted by Frederic Panaiotis, the Cellar Master of Ruinart who will be presenting all evening and sharing the history to the magical Ruinart taste. Executive Chef John Williams MBE has produced an outstanding Escoffier-inspired four course menu to perfectly complement the Champagne pairings. The Ruinart Champagne Dinner will take place on Thursday 23rd October 2014 from 7.30pm and is priced at £250 per person.
For reservations and booking information please contact Clare McGill in The Ritz Events Department call +44 (0)20 7300 2233 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Carter, Managing Director of Ritz Fine Jewellery is delighted to invite members to a private view of the new collection on Wednesday, 5 November from 6pm until 9pm. To register interest, please e-mail your name and surname to email@example.com. This exclusive event is by invitation only on a first come first serve basis.
Friday 20th March 2015 – Perrier-Jouët
£260 per person.
The guest speaker will be Hervé Deschamps, only the 7th Perrier-Jouët Chef du Caves in Perrier-Jouët’s 204 year history.
The renowned house of Perrier-Jouët produces elegant Champagne which combines harmony, finesse and elegance which perfectly complements the four course menu.
Friday 19th June 2015 – Bollinger
£260 per person.
This evening will be hosted by the President of Champagne Bollinger Jérôme Philipon. The Bollinger Champagne house was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1884 and its traditional methods are to this day maintained by the sixth generation of the Bollinger family.
Friday 18th September 2015 – Pol Roger
£260 per person.
Friday 20th November 2015 – Ruinart
£275 per person.
The Ritz London celebrates monthly Champagne Dinners.