Somewhere back in the mists of time (2007, to be precise), The Savoy closed for a supposed 12-month refurbishment. Twelve months
soon became 18, which itself then doubled. Now, three years down the line, the impressive Strand hotel has reopened, dubbing its new facelift as ‘the most ambitious hotel restoration in British
history’. It certainly looks the part, with the glamorous art deco interiors retained, restored and coupled with 21st-century additions, and with it comes a host of new bars and restaurants.
Gordon Ramsay’s return to The Savoy Grill – previously run by best-friend-turned-competitor Marcus
Wareing, and now under the control of Stuart Gillies – would have stolen the headlines had it opened on time. However, with its launch now delayed to late November, the River Restaurant (pictured,
below) looks set to be the brief, early-doors star of the show, beside restored drinking hole The American Bar and newcomer the Beaufort Bar (pictured, right):
The American Bar:
Revered as the granddaddy of all cocktail bars, enjoy cocktails from some very capable mixologists and foot-tapping jazz by a live pianist, seven days a week.
River Restaurant: Modern French restaurant dealing in dishes such as slow-poached monkfish and
pork rillette tortellini served with thyme & Chardonnay gelée.
Beaufort Bar: Occupying the old cabaret, expect rare Champagnes by the glass and decadent punches
served in absinthe fountains at guests’ tables.
RECENTLY OPENED (October 2010)... This weekend represents the end of the longest-running hospitality saga in recent London history – the refurbishment of The Savoy hotel. After closing in 2007, the
art deco building has finally been restored and reopens on Sunday. While the launch of The Savoy Grill has been delayed until the end of November, the hotel will still boast three other swanky new
spots; the River Restaurant, The American Bar and the Beaufort bar.