In April 2018, The Savoy and London’s original perfumery developed their partnership further with the launch of a luxury amenity collection, created exclusively for The Savoy and inspired by the scent which is closely tied to The Savoy, Savoy Steam. The amenities collection is in all rooms and suites at The Savoy, as well as public areas, and includes precisely blended hand soap, shower gel, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Every product is completely free from parabens, silicone oils and mineral oils.
The Collective You – Photographer in Residence:
At the start of 2018, The Savoy embarked on an exciting partnership with renowned photographer Dennis Gocer and The Collective You, which offers a unique portrait photography experience to guests. The Collective You are available at certain times throughout the year for guests to enjoy private portrait photography experiences and to attend high profile events to capture stunning images of the attendees. The Collective You were also part of The Savoy’s 2018 BAFTA activity (the hotel is the Official Hotel Partner to the British Academy Film Awards), capturing portraits of the nominees and guests of the awards as they got red carpet ready for the glamorous event. The Collective You’s next Savoy residency is from 18 October to 30 October 2018.
Simpson’s in the Strand and Zoom Rockman:
Following its reopening in July 2017, Simpson’s in the Strand, one of London’s most historic restaurants, has announced a partnership with British satirical cartoonist Zoom Rockman for 2018. The highly acclaimed 18-year old illustrator (and youngest British cartoonist to have work featured in Private Eye) has produced six artworks to celebrate the restaurant’s most eminent patron, Sir Winston Churchill. The pieces will be displayed on the historic walls of Simpson’s from 8 November 2018.
Literary Programme at The Savoy:
In June 2018, The Savoy officially announced a literary programme that saw renowned author and Sunday Times journalist, Damian Barr, become Literary Ambassador for the hotel. Along with overseeing a programme that sees literary initiatives take place throughout the rest of 2018 and 2019, Barr hosts his sell-out literary salons at The Savoy, the first of which took place on 1 June with star guest Graham Norton and three further famous authors all taking to the stage to talk about their new works of literature. The next literary salon will take place on Monday 29 October and marks the salon’s tenth anniversary. Guests include Rose McGowan, Tracey Thorn and Adam Kay.
Writers in Residence – The Savoy has relaunched its famous ‘Writer-in-Residence’ programme with renowned author, Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent and, recently published, Melmoth) currently in residence to create a short piece of work exclusive for The Savoy. Writers-in-Residence for 2019 include Garth Greenwell and Aminatta Forna.
Guest library and Book Butlers – As of Monday 5 November 2018, suite guests will have access to a mini-library of books chosen by literary ambassador Damian Barr and Savoy colleagues. The library will be overseen by The Savoy’s Book Butlers, on hand for all suite guests’ literary requirements.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy – In partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books, The Savoy has launched the first children’s afternoon tea in its 130 year history, celebrating the much loved book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea by beloved author Judith Kerr. Available from Monday 8 October.
The Savoy Recognised with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award
No. 1 Hotel in London
Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards on Tuesday 9 October 2018 with The Savoy recognised as the #1 Hotel in London. Philip M. Barnes, Managing Director of The Savoy commented, “When The Savoy opened its doors almost 130 years ago, it was the first truly luxury hotel in London, and paved the way for those that followed. This recognition is a testament not only to our heritage, but also to the efforts of the entire team who ensure that we continue to strive for excellence in all that we do for our guests.”
The Savoy Welcomes New Executive Chef Heralding New Season of Food & Beverage
French-born and trained Fabrice Lasnon recently joined The Savoy as Executive Chef, bringing 30 years of experience to the kitchen brigade. Lasnon has returned to London for the first time in over twenty years to take up this high profile role; his culinary journey has taken him across the world, where he has brought his distinctive flair and wealth of experience to luxury hotels and resorts including Royal Mirage in Dubai, Kempinski in Istanbul, Marrakech’s La Mamounia, and most recently The Murray in Hong Kong. Lasnon is keen to introduce fresh ideas while still respecting the hotel’s legendary history and tradition. Believing strongly in the importance of local ingredients and supporting the finest British producers, he aims to bring the very best that the United Kingdom has to offer to The Savoy.
Simpson’s in the Strand New Bill of Fare, Autumn 2018 - Landmark restaurant Simpson’s in the Strand is one of London’s best-loved culinary institutions and for Autumn 2018, newly appointed Master Cook Adrian Martin has delved into its history books to create the latest ‘Bill of Fare’.
Under Adrian’s culinary guardianship, the restaurant’s next chapter will reflect upon the steadfast dishes of its 190-year history, exploring how our eating habits have changed throughout the decades, and recovering dishes, techniques and ingredients that were once commonplace. Adrian has explored the restaurant’s library of historic menus dating back to 1913, when Mock Turtle Soup, Saddle of Mutton, and Madeira Jelly, was the order of the day. With curiosity and respect for the restaurant’s history, the new ‘Bill of Fare’ will revive dishes from these treasured menus, cherry-picking from forgotten flavours and enduring heritage dishes and weaving them into a modern menu that is sympathetic to contemporary tastes, while continuing the legacy of the restaurant. Simpsons.co.uk
Beaufort Bar Launches New Menu: Music, Magic and Drama
American Bar Welcomes New Head Bartender, Maxim Schulte
In August 2018, the American Bar announced the appointment of Maxim Schulte as its new Head Bartender. Previously helping to shape Asia’s bar scene at The Ritz Carlton in Macau, 29-year-old Schulte has joined the American Bar’s award winning team to embark on the latest journey in the history of London’s oldest surviving cocktail bar. Named the World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best 2017 and at Tales of the Cocktail 2018, the American Bar has seen only ten Head Bartenders in its 125-year history. From Ada “Coley” Coleman in 1903 and Harry Craddock in the 1920s to recent veterens, Joe Gilmore, Victor Gower and Peter Dorelli and, of course the outgoing Erik Lorincz, Schulte will be the eleventh to join a line of greats in the bar’s illustrious history.
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