After an extensive three year, £200m renovation, the Savoy has finally reopened. The jewel in the Fairmont group's crown, the grande dame of London's coterie of old world hotels has been completely made over by the French interiors maestro Pierre-Yves Rochon; though its imperious DNA so loved by royalty and rock stars alike, remains unmistakeable especially in the mix of Edwardian- and Art Deco-styled rooms.
The brand new sprawling two-bedroom Royal Suite offers a panoramic sweep of the Thames, but it's the greedy grab of bars and restaurants downstairs, including a winter garden gazebo beneath a soaring glass cupola, that's holding our attention longest. Gordon Ramsay headlines the Savoy Grill, while the River Restaurant, overseen by Ryan Murphy (ex-Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud), features roasted poulet noir stuffed with honey poached cranberries, and pork rillette tortellini.
John Rushworth, of legendary design bureau Pentagram, handled the brand repositioning and visual identity of the hotel, ensuring that this was informed - but not stifled - by its history. The aptly fresh, mint green colour of the logo – used in a prominent but restrained manner – was inspired by the iconic, 40ft neon lettering on the hotel’s canopy.