Having been with The Savoy for the past five years, Jason Kitt, Director of Group & Event Sales, tells Variety about the runnings of this iconic hotel.
Next year will mark the 130th Anniversary of The Savoy and for 69 of these years the Hotel has been affiliated with Variety the Children’s Charity. Variety was in fact started in the UK with a dinner attended by celebrities, film moguls and agents at The Savoy.
Jason commented, “my role is predominately to oversee the group and events side of the business, which is extremely exciting and a job I am very passionate about. On average we have through the doors over 700,000 guests through out the year. We have 2 bars, 3 restaurants, three large function room within The Savoy and two within Simpson’s in the Strand, along with six private dining rooms of varying sizes, all of which are named after the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. We can host anywhere from two to 800 people in our varied events spaces. There is also a private pier just steps from the riverside entrance, where you can alight one of the Woods’ family’s Silver Fleet boats to travel in style along the river Thames to impress your clients.”
Their famous American Bar won the title of World’s Best Bar 2017 at World’s 50 Best Bars, and was previously frequented by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol. If you ask the barman for a Moonwalk cocktail, you’ll be sipping the same drink that Neil Armstrong did when he returned to earth following his trip to the moon. In 1969 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Jo Gilmore, Head Barman at The American Bar, created a cocktail to mark the occasion. This tradition still stays strong and a new cocktail is created to celebrate other key events such as, Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.
The attention to detail you receive is synonymous with the class that The Savoy exudes starting with the Doorman’s smile to the picture perfect cappuccino and luxury dining at Kaspar’s restaurant. Plush carpets and marble flooring to a beautiful Wedgewood freeze and over 600 chandeliers that adorn the ceilings are just a few of the reasons why The Savoy remains one of the most desirable hotels in the world.
Banner image of Kaspar’s Restaurant courtesy The Savoy; All other images courtesy Luxury Topping