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    YEARS OF SPLENDOUR AND ELEGANCE

    the ritz london

HISTORY

When The Ritz first opened its doors on 24th May 1906, it was considered one of the greatest hotels in the world. Conceived by the famous hotelier César Ritz with the aim of becoming the ultimate destination for guests looking to stay at the most luxurious hotel in the land, no expense was spared on its opulent interiors and lavish furnishings.

1906

THE RITZ OPENS

Quickly gaining a reputation as London’s most prestigious hotel, it attracted a host of both famous and fashionable guests.

During its early years, the hotel enjoyed the patronage of The Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VIII, as well as other iconic figures. Pavlova, the Russian Prima Ballerina danced at The Ritz, the Aga Khan and Paul Getty had suites, and Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle met in the Marie Antoinette Suite to discuss operations during the Second World War.

The history of The Ritz
1922

CHARLIE CHAPLIN

The Ritz also became the hotel of choice for Hollywood stars. Charlie Chaplin required 40 officers to escort him through his fans into the hotel.

Nöel Coward wrote songs at The Ritz and Tallulah Bankhead sipped Champagne from her slipper during a press conference in the 1950s. In addition, The Palm Court was as popular for Afternoon Tea as it is today.

1995

INTERIOR UPDATES

In 1995, The Ritz was returned to private British ownership when it was bought by Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay’s private company Ellerman Investments.

The Ritz London revamp
2002
The Ritz London Banqueting

Royal Warrant

In January 2002, The Ritz received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. Awarded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz London is the first, and only hotel to have been honoured with this prestigious award.

2005
William Kent House

William Kent House

In 2005, The Ritz bought William Kent House, a spectacular historic mansion designed in the 1740’s that adjoins the hotel.

In November the following year it was opened to Ritz guests, following an extensive refurbishment project which saw the exquisite collection of lavishly decorated private dining rooms and suites restored to their original Renaissance style decor.

Today, this stunning 18th century house, designed by famous architect William Kent, is an integral part of The Ritz, providing guests with a range of magnificent rooms to enjoy.

Now, more than a century after first opening its doors, we continue to offer our guests the same exceptionally high standards and exquisitely luxurious experience that was the keystone in the creation of our world-class hotel.

2016

MICHELIN STAR

In October 2016, The Ritz Restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017. Commenting on the announcement, John Williams MBE, Executive Chef said; “It is the greatest honour to have been awarded a Michelin star today. This star is testament to the entire team’s dedication to delivering excellence to every guest dining in The Ritz Restaurant daily. I am extremely proud to receive this recognition for the first time as part of the culinary history of this great hotel”.

  • Ritz exterior 1906

    110

    YEARS OF SPLENDOUR AND ELEGANCE

    the ritz london

HISTORY

When The Ritz first opened its doors on 24th May 1906, it was considered one of the greatest hotels in the world. Conceived by the famous hotelier César Ritz with the aim of becoming the ultimate destination for guests looking to stay at the most luxurious hotel in the land, no expense was spared on its opulent interiors and lavish furnishings.

1906

THE RITZ OPENS

The history of The Ritz

Quickly gaining a reputation as London’s most prestigious hotel, it attracted a host of both famous and fashionable guests.

During its early years, the hotel enjoyed the patronage of The Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VIII, as well as other iconic figures. Pavlova, the Russian Prima Ballerina danced at The Ritz, the Aga Khan and Paul Getty had suites, and Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle met in the Marie Antoinette Suite to discuss operations during the Second World War.

1922

CHARLIE CHAPLIN

The Ritz also became the hotel of choice for Hollywood stars. Charlie Chaplin required 40 officers to escort him through his fans into the hotel.

Nöel Coward wrote songs at The Ritz and Tallulah Bankhead sipped Champagne from her slipper during a press conference in the 1950s. In addition, The Palm Court was as popular for Afternoon Tea as it is today.

1995

INTERIOR UPDATES

The Ritz London revamp

In 1995, The Ritz was returned to private British ownership when it was bought by Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay’s private company Ellerman Investments.

2002

Royal Warrant

The Ritz London Banqueting

In January 2002, The Ritz received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. Awarded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz London is the first, and only hotel to have been honoured with this prestigious award.

2005

William Kent House

William Kent House

In 2005, The Ritz bought William Kent House, a spectacular historic mansion designed in the 1740’s that adjoins the hotel.

In November the following year it was opened to Ritz guests, following an extensive refurbishment project which saw the exquisite collection of lavishly decorated private dining rooms and suites restored to their original Renaissance style decor.

Today, this stunning 18th century house, designed by famous architect William Kent, is an integral part of The Ritz, providing guests with a range of magnificent rooms to enjoy.

Now, more than a century after first opening its doors, we continue to offer our guests the same exceptionally high standards and exquisitely luxurious experience that was the keystone in the creation of our world-class hotel.

2016

MICHELIN STAR

In October 2016, The Ritz Restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017. Commenting on the announcement, John Williams MBE, Executive Chef said; “It is the greatest honour to have been awarded a Michelin star today. This star is testament to the entire team’s dedication to delivering excellence to every guest dining in The Ritz Restaurant daily. I am extremely proud to receive this recognition for the first time as part of the culinary history of this great hotel”.

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