Christmas is the most special time of the year at the hotel. The main attraction at Christmas is our showstopper tree, which takes pride of place in the hotel lobby. Our special tree takes a whole seven hours to decorate and even scaffolding is needed to fix all of the ornaments and lights in place, as it is a staggering 25ft tall. The journey of our Christmas tree starts earlier in the year when our florist Paul Thomas travels to the Highlands to handpick our tree from a choice of three which are all especially grown for us. Paul also starts planning and selecting our Christmas decorations months in advance and travels to Paris to handpick a selection of unique... Read More
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The Ritz is in a great location to visit London’s West End and to take in one of the award-winning shows, musicals or cutting-edge plays on offer. The theatre is a magical place to escape and enter a new world. Our concierge team will be more than happy to book you tickets in advance as we believe no trip to London is complete without experiencing the theatre! We have selected a few of the top shows being performed now to help you make a decision. ALADDIN This Disney classic is being shown at the Prince Edward Theatre. The musical extravaganza has bright costumes with multi-coloured sequins and gems that sparkle, a lavish Middle Eastern set showcasing the magical flying carpet... Read More
From 11th-23rd March 2016 myself and 37 keen trekkers all from the UK hospitality industry visited one of the most isolated regions of Peru to partake in the Springboard UK charity trek and community project. The Ritz London sent two members of staff, Ben Heke from the security team and myself from the marketing team. Ben and I spent the previous four months fundraising with the target of £3,200 each to go towards the work Springboard does in the UK. My fundraising activities included baking, knitting, auctions, cycle rides, coffee mornings and even a pub quiz. ARRIVAL IN PERU After a long and tiring twenty six hour journey, we arrived at Cusco city, nestled between the Andes Mountains and at... Read More
DID YOU KNOW? Every day hotels worldwide discard millions of bars of soap. Every year 1.7 million children die worldwide from disease and infection. Half a million of these children could still be alive if they simply had soap to wash their hands. The plastic used for hotel toiletries is manufactured from expensive recyclable Polyethylene terephthalate or High-density polyethylene. Unfortunately, empty or half-full bottles cannot currently be recycled and end up in landfill or incinerated. The facts above are what pushed Gwen Powell to establish the not-for-profit CleanConscience in July 2015, having successfully founded an on-site food waste recycling company in 2009, kompost ltd. WHY DID YOU SET UP CLEANCONSCIENCE? “It was a challenge by a client of kompost ltd,... Read More
Giovanni Ferlito, the Head Sommelier at The Ritz London, recently relaunched the hotel’s wine list, which now features approximately 800 wines. We wanted to discover what motivated him to become a sommelier and the inspiration behind his new wine selection for The Ritz.