The Ritz Restaurant is considered by many to be the most beautiful hotel restaurant in the world. The vast floor to ceiling windows, the rich and varied use of soft pink, pale green and veined white marble, and the dazzling garlands of chandeliers reflected in the wall of panelled mirrors, combine to create one of the most magical interiors in London, as charming by day as by night. West facing floor to ceiling windows overlook The Terrace and The Green Park and during the day, the sunshine enhances the interior brightness while in the low evening light, the circle of chandeliers and table candelabras create a magical reflection in the mirrors.
To the left of the Long Gallery, between the hotel lobby and The Ritz Restaurant, lies the Palm Court. Originally designed as a dramatic stage set to delight those entering the hotel from the Piccadilly entrance, the Palm Court makes imaginative use of a mirrored backdrop which reflect the impressive marble columns flanking the entrance to the restaurant. Much of the appeal of the Palm Court décor lies in the use of curves, rounded ends, oval oeil-de-boeuf windows and the deeply coved cornices. To the rear of the room, providing the central focus in a charming moulded niche, is a fountain sculpture of a reclining female figure wrought in gilded lead.
The Ritz opened to great acclaim in 1906 and throughout its more than 100 year history the famous and the fashionable have been attracted to this legendary hotel. In 1995, The Ritz was returned to private British ownership and almost immediately a complete refurbishment began on the Grade II* listed building, restoring it back to its former glory with no detail left untouched. In 2002, The Ritz received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. Awarded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz is the first and only hotel to have been honoured with this prestigious award.
Situated on the seventh floor of the hotel, the salon provides an extensive range of health and beauty treatments including ladies’ and gentlemen’s hairdressing, bridal hair and make-up, manicures and pedicures, waxing and a separate therapy room for specialised body treatments.
A private Gym and Fitness Suite is also located on the seventh floor of the hotel, immediately opposite The Ritz Salon, offering modern exercise equipment and personalised training sessions for exclusive use by hotel guests.
When The Ritz opened in 1906 the architects designed a cocktail bar that ran from inside the Piccadilly entrance along the length of the front of the building to Arlington Street. The original Rivoli Bar was a fashionable haunt and a celebrated meeting place until 1972 when it was transformed into a parade of shops. Re-opened in November 2001, The Rivoli has been lavishly recreated by designer Tessa Kennedy in the more decorative and luxurious style of the late 1920’s rather than its early Art Deco original and is, once again, a fashionable and popular meeting place.
The Ritz’s private dining rooms are situated in William Kent House, an 18th Century Grade II* listed building adjoining the hotel. Overlooking Green Park, this fine house has undergone meticulous restoration by an army of skilled craftsman and the majesty of the interiors inspired by the Italian Renaissance is resplendently reborn. The result: some of the most remarkable banqueting and dining rooms in the country, where stunning historic interiors and modern day technology seamlessly come together and natural light is abundant.
Incorporated by founders Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce in March 1906, just two months before The Ritz opened its doors for the first time, the Rolls-Royce company has never produced anything but the most luxurious motor cars in the world. So what better way for The Ritz to mark its 100th anniversary in 2006 than to take delivery of a magnificent new Phantom Rolls-Royce, replaced by a long-wheelbase model in 2008.
In January 2002 The Ritz London received a Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, for Banqueting and Catering Services. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to those who have regularly supplied goods or services to certain members of the Royal family for at least five years. The earliest known Royal Warrant dates back to 1155 and the distinction has always been regarded as a mark of excellence and quality.
The Ritz London, one of the most magical and romantic locations for a wedding celebration, offers the perfect setting for a truly memorable occasion. The only hotel to have received a Royal Warrant for Banquet and Catering Services from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz also holds a license for wedding ceremonies to be held in the hotel.