This palatial riverside hotel was opened in 1889, purely to attract the stars that flocked to its neighbouring Savoy Theatre. It’s lost none of its glitz today, keeping its quirky roundabout approach on the Strand and cult bars and restaurants; in fact a huge 2010 refit freshened up the interiors for the next century of star guests.
Who’s checked in
Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel
Aside from that spherical crystal chandelier in the lobby lounge, there are themed penthouses (a musician’s suite, a writer’s suite) with roof terraces, and a subterranean, marble-clad spa that’s quickly risen to the top of London’s top 10 lists
What to check out
A show at the Art Deco beauty of a theatre next door (wow-factor musicals such as Dreamgirls, Gypsy and Funny Girl); or the starry ‘character cocktails’ inspired by past guests in the American Bar (one’s based on Marlene Dietrich’s check-in requests - pink roses and Dom Perignon).