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1932: Flying from Europe to Asia TRAVEL

1932: Flying from Europe to Asia

The last stop before Bangkok was Rangoon. After flying over dense jungle, the mountains gave way to flat irrigated paddy rice fields and soon Don Muang, Bangkok’s airport, was reached. In March 1924 the British formed Imperial Airways (the for...

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Adelina Patti at Hotels PERSONALITIES

Adelina Patti at Hotels

Adelina Patti, (1843–1919) In November 1889 the celebrated coloratura soprano, Adelina Patti, the most popular and highest-paid singer of her day, took up residence at The Savoy of theatre impressario Richard D’Oyly Carte, prompting the ...

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (2) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (2)

A journey around the world can take – as we have all learnt – 79+1 days, but it can also take you to 80 different hotels. My journey follows the list of The Most Famous Hotels in the World.  PART 2: FRANCE — GERMANY &mda...

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Artist: Oskar Kokoschka at The Savoy PERSONALITIES

Artist: Oskar Kokoschka at The Savoy

  Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka spent considerable time in London at The Savoy, where he created some of his most famous London works: ‘Here I am living on the 8th floor of the smartest hotel in Europe. I have to live this high up be...

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Bergeron, Victor J (‘Trader Vic’; 1902-1984) PERSONALITIES

Bergeron, Victor J (‘Trader Vic’; 1902-1984)

Victor J (Trader Vic) Bergeron (December 10, 1902, San Francisco, California – October 11, 1984, Hillsborough, California) was an irascible, one-legged genius, who founded a multimillion-dollar food and drink empire called Trader Vic’s. ...

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Carte, Richard D’Oyly PERSONALITIES

Carte, Richard D’Oyly

Richard Carte – D’Oyly was his middle name – was born in London’s Soho on 3 May 1844 and, after a brief period of schooling, was set to work for the family firm of musical-instrument makers and music publishers. He tried his h...

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César Ritz (2) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (2)

Above: Supper at the Savoy  THE SAVOY — 1889–1900 From our research work at The Savoy, London     In the late 1880s, London's new hotel The Savoy was the most important stepping stone in Ritz’s magnificent...

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Forte, Charles † PERSONALITIES

Forte, Charles †

Charles Carmine Forte, Baron Forte (26 November 1908 – 28 February 2007) was a Scottish caterer and hotelier of Italian origin. Forte started his career as the owner of a London milk bar and went on to create a multi-billion pound worldwide ch...

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Hilton, Conrad Nicholson PERSONALITIES

Hilton, Conrad Nicholson

Conrad Nicholson Hilton, (1887-1979), born in 1887 in San Antonio, New Mexico, was an American entrepreneur. As a young boy, Hilton developed entrepreneurial skills working at his father’s general store in Socorro County, New Mexico. This was f...

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Langham London: Antonín Dvorák’s Breakfast Adrian Mourby

Langham London: Antonín Dvorák’s Breakfast

"Why seek far afield when the good is close by?" Contributing Editor Adrian Mourby knows where to breakfast. The monumental Langham Hotel has dominated the south end of Portland Place since its completion in 1865. The hotel’s very height triu...

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London Ritz since 1906 HOTELS

London Ritz since 1906

Cesar and Marie Ritz opened the London 'Ritz' after Savoy disaster The Ritz London opened its doors on May 24th 1906 on the Piccadilly site of the Walsingham House Hotel, formerly the Bath Hotel. After Cesar Ritz has been dismissed as gener...

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LONDON: Mourby of St Pancras Adrian Mourby

LONDON: Mourby of St Pancras

HOTEL: ST PANCRAS RENNAISSANCE LONDON ROOMS WE LIKE: OVERLOOKING THE STATION PLATFORMS ARCHITECT: George Gilbert Scott OPENED: 1873  Like most people I like to think of myself as reasonably tolerant. I believe that even the most pernicious...

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Mourby of Landmarks Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Landmarks

In the late Victorian period, north London was like a series of launchpads. A string of great railway stations stretched in an almost straight line from Paddington in the west to King’s Cross in the east. Euston was here, as was St Pancras and...

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Mourby to Tango Adrian Mourby

Mourby to Tango

London’s Waldorf Hilton is very proud of its claim to have introduced the tango to Great Britain in 1910, two years after William Waldorf Astor (cousin of John Jacob Astor IV) opened his Waldorf Hotel on Aldwych. The Waldorf cousins competed ac...

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The Dorchester - revisited Adrian Mourby

The Dorchester - revisited

The Dorchester is quirky, eclectic and very British. It sits like a section of some 1930s luxury liner plonked down on Park Lane. No two bedrooms the same. Scots warriors, clad in tartan, are stencilled on to the walls of the Grill. The Orchid Room w...

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The First Grand Hotel HOTELS

The First Grand Hotel

In No. 43 King Street, in Covent Garden, the first house to be built on this site, was occupied by Admiral Edward Russell in 1689 or 1690. He had played a leading part in bringing William of Orange to England, and as Treasurer of the Navy and command...

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The Savoy London - the making of The Making Of Books

The Savoy London - the making of

Mr Ritz, You are Fired! Andreas Augustin   In 2000, Michael Shepherd, General Manager of The Savoy at the time, was sitting on a very old history book about The Savoy. It had been written by Stanley Jackson in 1964. He knew that we update ou...

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Writers at Hotels: Oscar Wilde PERSONALITIES

Writers at Hotels: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Oscar Wilde was an old comrade-in-arms of the British operetta writers Gilbert and Sullivan (their impressario Richard D’Oyly Carte had organised Wilde’s 1881 lecture tour of the USA). Sullivan was a shareho...

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Half Moon

In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals including Donald Deskey, the fabled designer (among his works the Radio City Music Hall); Harvey Firestone,...Read More

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

A hotel with two names! The rumor persists that in the 1920s the Prince of Wales influenced the naming of this house. So it was called (see...Read More

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

If you haven't been to the Metropole, you haven't been to Vietnam! "The Metropole is one of the last grand hotels of the exotic East. I...Read More

Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel

  A book of history, stories and memories of all the artists and writers who found inspiration at The Strand. "The Strand" — what a...Read More

The Peninsula

The Peninsula

'I feel like a million dollars!' became the immortal first impression of a lady walking through the corridors of The Peninsula at...Read More