There’s something about the very name of The Ritz that conjures up a feeling of excitement within me and stepping through the doors of one of London’s most luxurious hotels is utterly thrilling. My eyes feasted on the grandest of staircases and the foyer with its beautiful Louis XVI-style design, soft shades of pink, glittering chandeliers and mirrored wall panelings.
Last time I visited the luxurious hotel was for a night of dinner and dancing at the The Ritz Restaurant but this time I’d being paying a visit to the beautiful Rivoli Bar.
The bar is a little art deco gem stone in the glamorous jewellery box that is The Ritz with beautiful camphor wood fittings, Lalique glass panels and elegant tulip-like chairs. Each month one of the finest champagne brands is selected and The Rivoli Bar offers a selection of the cuvées in the range.
The menu has been beautifully illustrated by iconic artist Quentin Blake, and there are three different varieties of Laurent-Perrier available for the month of October.
This month the bar is in the pink with beautiful blooms by Paul Thomas Flowers adorning the bar, inspired by the iconic Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, one of my favourites.
I absolutely loved the bespoke glassware and drinking out of a glass likes this make the experience feel even more elegant and special.
The Ritz is also celebrating the 110 year anniversary after being established in Piccadilly in 1906 by Swiss hotelier César Ritz. The hotel has so much history and many starry faces have past through the doors, in particular the Royal family, and in 2002 The Ritz was the first hotel to receive a royal warrant from the Prince of Wales. Actually that’s something that synergises the two brands as Laurent-Perrier also hold the warrant and I was also surprised to hear that both are still family-owned.
The bar is also serving the Floral Fizz for the month of October, a refreshing blend of spirits topped with Laurent-Perrier, I really loved the underlying citrus notes of the drink. Also on the bar menu is a list of Ritz classic cocktails or there’s the ‘Vintage Ritz’ cocktails which explore the rare spirits in the hotel’s labyrinthine cellars.
A stunning array of canapés paired beautifully with our champagne and included a goat’s cheese biscuit, a coronation chicken bite and a very inventive savoury salmon mousse macaron. Speaking of which The Ritz Restaurant has just become the proud recipient of Michelin star! Having eaten in Chef John Williams’ restaurant twice, I’ve always thought the star was long overdue as I loved his French-influenced food and use of the very best of British ingredients. That’s the thing about the Ritz, though there are French influences in the design, everything about the hotel still has that quintessentially English feel, especially the famous afternoon tea.
Sticking with our pink theme we were given these gorgeous macarons to try and I can safely say they’re some of the best macarons I’ve ever tasted. The perfect combination of chewy, crisp and with a deliciously creamy centre.
After our drinks we had a little tour of the hotel in all it’s sumptuous glory, including an introduction to the in-house pianist who has worked at the hotel for over twenty years. But I think I’d never want to leave either…
Laurent-Perrier is the champagne of the month at The Ritz for the entire month of October.
I was kindly hosted by Champagne Laurent-Perrier and The Ritz Hotel.