22 Apr 2014
Since our three-month World Cruise ended in Southampton, and London is our favorite place in Europe, there was no chance that we were just going to head for the airport.
It was a “typical” gorgeous London spring day. J
I had secured great tickets to The Bodyguard five months ago. What an upper.
We stayed at The Savoy, just down the block from the play. It is one of London’s famous, located on he banks of the River Thames. Now a Fairmont, it underwent a three year, $300 million renovation (double budget) in 2010 and is back to its historical splendor.
Some Savoy firsts:
- First luxury hotel in England.
- First manager was Cesar Ritz (later founded Ritz hotels)
- First London hotel with electric elevators.
- First presentation in London of Rhapsody in Blue and it was performed by George Gershwin himself.
London has many great hotels though. I think they may be hurting financially and am not sure such a plush hotel is suitable for the West End these days.
Dinner was at Moti Mahal, and Indian restaurant in Covent Gardens, also in walking distance. We have been to fancier Indian restaurants, but this was the best Indian food ever. We had a great table right next to the windowed kitchen.
Please stay tuned for my 2014 World Cruise review.