On the 11th. day of the 11th. month, 2011, I chose to meet my youngest son Nicholas at The Ritz, with the 'mission' to also receive a till receipt at 11th. hour. 11th. minute. This was my second visit to The Ritz, with the first back in the 1980s when treated by a business companion, who needless to say, drove a Rolls Royce and had a three masted sloop based in Southam,pton, Hampshire. On that occasion the afternoon tea was extremely pleasant as was the business result for me. On the previous eveing I had attended a Masonic function at Stationer's Hal;l, near St. Pauls's, spent the night at a Holiday Inn near Chelsea. On arrival by taxi at The Ritz I gave my name at reception and a copy of my e-mail booking. On being seated at my reserved table I was then approasched by a manager who stated that tables were for reservations only. That I was already seated at my reserved table I took offence at his sharp comment. He apologised and departed. Eventually my pot of Darjeeeling tea was served. Sadly, it was little short of tepid, and almost cold. This for me was an amazing situation in a place such as The Ritz. my son arrived and I was dutifully presented with a till receipt stamped 11.11.11 - 11.00hrs. 11 mins. Tea was not exactly my son's choice, so we departed to the champagne bar. There, we sat and discussed family matters over quite a few glasses of champagne. I had brought my late uncle's ( George Henry Hamilton ) war medals, so we could taost his war contribution. He committed suicide having being discharged from the army on medical grounds. A sad event in my family history. The ambience in the champagne bar was fantastic and we outdrank most guests. The bill for the champagne came to £200. Afterwards Nicholas and I bought some souvenirs of The Ritz and took photographs. We departed to continue our family meeting in Soho. I did e-mail the Ritz manager and he apologised for the rare situation I had encountered and requested that I return so that he and I could have 'a chat'. I had tried to attend on St George's Day, 23rd. April, as The Ritz had a special menu for that day. But events prevented me from that day and meeting. I will return early summer, and hope to find the Darjeeeling pot of tea to be at least hot in The Ritz, which at 11.11. 11 proved not so ritzy. At the 11th. hour the Ritz staff lined up in front of the guests and paid a minutes silence in homage to our war fallen and veterans. This was a charming and sincere moment which I will never forget ( tea aside, that is ).
Geoff Hamilton, editor, Anglo-Nordic Times Intl. ( Fd. 1976 ).
Wedn. 25th. April, 2012, 14 51 pm gmt st +1.
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- Opened by renowned hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1906, The Ritz today still retains all the glamour and excitement synonymous with this world famous hotel. Perfectly located in a landmark position on Piccadilly in the heart of London's West End, the 136 room luxury hotel is ideally placed to suit both business and leisure visitors alike. Now totaling 111 bedrooms and 25 suites, the elegant rooms combine the original Louis XVI style interiors with modern day technology. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, The Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant features a magnificent frescoed ceiling with west facing windows overlooking the Terrace, the Italian Garden and Green Park beyond. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a Dinner Dance on Friday and Saturdays. The Palm Court restaurant offers, most famously, daily Afternoon Tea service which has been popular since the hotel first opened. The stylishly updated Rivoli Bar was designed by Tessa Kennedy and features Art Deco styled interiors. Open daily with a bar menu. Private dining facilities at William Kent House, the 18th century mansion house at The Ritz, include an exquisite selection of banquet rooms and suites. Possibly the most elegant and opulent private rooms in London, William Kent House offers the perfect venue for private receptions, weddings, boardroom meetings, lunches, dinners and gala events. The Ritz London is a Grade II star listed building and in 2002 became the first hotel to receive the Royal Warrant from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for banqueting and catering services. ... more less
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