The Savoy, London 1923 (Lady with Pearls)
The Savoy was London’s first luxury hotel and was opened in 1889 by theatre impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. It was an immediate success thanks to innovations such as electricity, hot and cold running water and bathrooms in the lavishly furnished rooms and suites. More important than these modern amenities, however, was the refined and elegant atmosphere created by general manager Cesar Ritz and French chef Auguste Escoffier. Wealthy patrons, including royalty, flocked to the hotel for its superb levels of service and dining.
Even after Ritz and Escoffier left, The Savoy remained a high society favorite and was on the radar of many rich and self-made American visitors. These lovely vintage menu covers, dated 1923, were for a private luncheon shared by a group of friends on a European tour. Beautifully designed with a period motif, they were probably kept by one of the guests as a souvenir and brought back to the US. Luckily, they found their way into Lou's collection.
The menus were always written in French.
The Savoy remains one of London's luxury hotels and is now owned by The Fairmont Group.
Courtesy Lou Greenstein
Each print is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu where available.
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