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The Ritz London Celebrates Earth Hour

The Ritz London is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.

On 28th March, at 8.30pm, The Ritz London will be joining forces with thousands of businesses globally as they show their support. Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2014, a record-breaking 162 countries and 7000 towns and cities joined the world’s biggest celebration for our planet.

To celebrate Earth Hour 2015; we will be doing the following:

  • The Ritz London for the first time in 109 years will be switching off the exterior lights of the hotel including the iconic Ritz signage from 8.30pm on Saturday 28th March for an hour.
  • Encouraging our clientele and employees to sign up by promoting the event through our social media.

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The Ritz London unveils two new Suites

A London landmark at 150 Piccadilly, situated in its iconic location between the vibrant metropolitan areas of Mayfair and St. James’s, The Ritz London provides the ultimate destination to enjoy the quintessential British experience to enjoy everything that London has to offer.

In January 2015, The Ritz London will open two new suites; The Piccadilly Suite (806 sq. ft. / 75 sq. m) and an executive suite (510 sq. ft. / 47 sq. m). These two new suites are located within the privacy of the seventh floor. The Piccadilly Suite overlooks Piccadilly towards The Royal Academy and has exceptional views of Big Ben. When connected the two suites become a two bedroom Signature Suite (1,317 sq. ft. / 122 sq. m) offering guests the option to create a spacious private apartment at one of the most exclusive addresses in London. Stephen Boxall, Managing Director of The Ritz London, commented, "These stunning new suites will offer our guests something a little more contemporary whilst retaining the opulence and signature style that The Ritz London is renowned for."

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The Ritz Salon and Elemis

The Salon at The Ritz London is delighted to announce that from February 2015, the leading luxury British skincare and spa brand, ELEMIS, is to become the sole spa brand used at the prestigious hotel.

Following a recent refurbishment, The Ritz Salon offers a double treatment room, single treatment room, manicure and pedicure room and two-chair hair salon. The design reflects the Louis XVI interiors of the hotel with stunning bespoke furniture and offers complete privacy for guests creating the perfect destination for relaxation.

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Epicurean Ritz

In celebration of the re-opening of the kitchen at The Ritz London this September, The Ritz has created the ultimate experience for culinary enthusiasts: Epicurean Ritz. The experience includes: a two night accommodation at The Ritz London, an English breakfast each morning, a 30 minute tour of the newly refurbished Ritz Kitchen by one of the chefs. Guests will be treated to a glass of Champagne and canapés in the kitchen before enjoying a four-course dinner in The Ritz Restaurant, as well as a 30 minute cocktail lesson in The Rivoli Bar.

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Introducing The Ritz Academy at The Ritz London

This September, The Ritz London will launch The Ritz Academy, a structured three or five year supervised programme offering the chance to work alongside one of the most highly skilled teams in the hospitality business. The Ritz Academy will aim to develop its participants into tomorrow’s hospitality leaders, who will have a positive impact within the industry.

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A state of the art kitchen

This September, the kitchen at The Ritz London will re-open following a major refurbishment. The new space will use induction throughout, making it far more energy efficient, space efficient, cooler and more economical to run. Much cooking will be done on planchas, minimising the need for fats and oils, and for the many pots and pans of traditional kitchens. The new layout has been designed with workflow in mind: there will be a separate area for stock and large production, a section solely for breakfast and staff food, and under-counter fridges for all cold preparation areas. Individual tasks will be easier to negotiate benefiting the busy space that services the Restaurant, The Rivoli Bar, The Palm Court and Room Service.

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Live at The Ritz

The Ritz Restaurant, one of the most spectacular dining rooms in the capital, is one of very few to offer the timeless charm of a dinner dance with live entertainment. Executive Chef, John Williams MBE, creates a menu of the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients, and the award-winning team of sommeliers select the perfect wines to accompany the meal. Guests enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner to a backdrop of classic and contemporary tunes, before putting on their dancing shoes and taking a turn on the dance floor under the twinkling chandeliers, or simply soaking up the ambience.

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The Tallulah

A cocktail to celebrate a legendary moment of Ritz history On 1st May, the award-winning Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London will launch an exquisite and visually striking cocktail as part of its new summer menu. Served in an extraordinary bespoke "glass slipper", The Tallulah has been created by head bartender Walter Pintus, and commemorates the moment in Ritz history back in 1951 when American actress Tallulah Bankhead sipped Champagne from her slipper during a press conference to celebrate her arrival in London.

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The Palm Court and Afternoon Tea

To the left of the Long Gallery, between the hotel lobby and The Ritz Restaurant, lies The Palm Court. Originally known as the Winter Garden, it was designed as a dramatic back drop to delight those entering from the Piccadilly entrance. The Palm Court makes imaginative use of the mirrored panels reflecting the impressive marble columns which flank its entrance. Much of the appeal lies in the charming centrally focussed fountain sculpture of a reclining female figure wrought in gilded lead.

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The Rivoli Bar Launches Its Unique Vintage Cocktail Collection

The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London offers cocktails with a twist of time travel when it launched a unique collection of classics created with rare spirits from the 1940s to the 1980s.

The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London is renowned as a purveyor of premium potable products, and with the launch of the new cocktail list the bartenders have used their talents of concoction to create a collection of classic cocktails with aged spirits, apéritifs and bitters; literally offering visitors to the bar the opportunity to taste a different time. The Vintage Cocktail menu offers a selection of seven classic cocktails – "El Presidente", "Negroni", "Gran Burdeos Old Fashioned", "Rob Roy", "Rusty Nail" and a "Sazerac".

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Check-in and logon with complimentary high-speed Internet at The Ritz London

Continuing our culture of setting benchmarks, The Ritz London has completed an intensive 12 week network upgrade in order to provide all of our guests with complimentary Wi-Fi access at speeds that have not been provided in London luxury hotels before.

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