While wandering north of the Thames shooting our routine pictures of the London Eye, we always used to fantasise about what an amazing view there must be from the rooms of The Savoy London. Never we would have thought that the day would come when we would actually have the opportunity of talking about the view from this iconic hotel ourselves.
Located on the banks of the River Thames, in the heart of one of London’s busiest areas, The Savoy is ideally placed for those travelling on business or pleasure. This hotel has the rare distinction of overlooking the River Thames and their private pier, Savoy Pier, is a short stroll from the River Entrance of The Savoy, through Embankment Gardens.
A bit of history
Having undergone the most ambitious restoration in British history, The Savoy redefines luxury for the 21st century.
In 1246, Count Peter of Savoy builds the Savoy Palace on land by the side of the river Thames, given to him by Henry III. The Savoy Palace later becomes the home of the Duke of Lancaster and is burned to the ground during the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. In 1881 Richard D’Oyly Carte decides to build the Savoy Theatre, named after the Savoy Palace site on which is it built. After nearly five years of building, The Savoy opens on 6th August 1889. Built by Richard D’Oyly Carte on land adjacent to his Savoy Theatre, the new Savoy hotel offers accommodation for the many tourists, especially Americans, who have travelled to London to see the Savoy Operas. Additionally restaurants, bars, lounges, private dining rooms and banqueting suites offer a variety of choices for Londoners wanting to enjoy themselves in these surroundings.
Today the hotel showcases 267 rooms and suites, either Edwardian or Art Deco in style, many of which afford views over the River Thames. Eight “signature suites” take inspiration from many of The Savoy’s most high-profile guests including Sir Winston Churchill, Claude Monet and Frank Sinatra. One of the suites is the exact room from which Monet made his famous series of paintings of London bridges during lengthy stays between 1899 and 1901.
We had the pleasure of staying in the beautiful Luxury King River View Room, which had a breathtaking view over the Thames and the London Eye.
Our room featured a mixture of classic and modern design, and we were welcomed with a nice glass of Rose champagne and some classic music in the background. After a long week, there is nothing better than to relax with some bubbles and a view like this.
After some champagne, it was time to get ready for our dinner at Kaspar’s, the hotel’s seafood restaurant. We instantly fell in love with the freestanding bathtub, great for a relaxing and Instagramble bath!
The Restaurant – Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill offers informal dining in a stylish Art Deco setting, giving the guest the opportunity to live a luxury dining experience in an elegant 1920’s style. It is positioned right next to the lobby and it easily reachable.
We are big seafood fans, and it is surprisingly hard to find a good seafood restaurant in London, so we had really high expectations.
We decided to try the Pan-Roasted scallops with beetroot risotto as a starter, and the Royal Fruits de Mer platter as a main.
The two dishes were very well presented and not tiny trendy portions that you often get in this type of restaurant. The fish was fresh and prepared at their seafood bar, excellently paired with the wine that our sommelier had suggested.
We were quite full as we weren’t expecting such big portions, but we still managed to fit in some dessert. We decided to have the liquid salted caramel and the vanilla cheese cake, a real British classic.
We can definitely say that the food met the high expectations that we had and was accompanied by great customer service, as all of the staff truly went the extra mile to assure a wonderful experience for us!
Breakfast with view
As you probably all know by now, we are all about breakfast. After we saw our room’s view, we couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it would look with the Thames River and The London Eye in the background. Therefore, we are really excited to show you the results.
The breakfast combined with the view was so beautiful that we found it really hard to start eating our food and ruining that perfect scenery. But we made the ‘sacrifice’ in the end, and dug into that delicious treat.
Unfortunately for us, it was time to leave this beautiful view at the Savoy and continue our London adventures.