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When one has the likes of Sir Tom Jones, the dapper Don Juan of the 70’s music scene, as a star-judge on ones television show, it’s expected that expenses may get a little pricey. That’s what the BBC has learned as they pay £695 ($1,076) a night for Jones to stay at London’s luxurious Savoy Hotel while he’s in the city filming the British version of The Voice television show.
Jones has been in town (he normally lives in L.A.) for 21 days, which as of today brings his bill to $22,596! And he hasn't even left yet as filming wraps up this Saturday. Plus, his rate is room only, so goodness knows if he's ordering breakfast or racking up mini-bar charges! Yikes.
Interestingly enough, while the former crotch-shaking crooner negotiated to have his accommodations taken care of by the show’s production company in addition to his £300,000 ($465,000) appearance fee, fellow judge Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas pays for his own hotel rooms like the Park Lane Hilton from his show fee. However, Will.i.am doesn’t actually collect a paycheck from The Voice as he donates his £500,000 ($775,000) fee to the Prince's Trust. So it really is coming out of his own pocket. What a swell guy! But we’ll see what happens when Will gets knighted and becomes 73 years old, like Mr. Jones. Perhaps he too, will get a little divo-like in his demands. The other Voice judges live in London, so don’t get the pleasure of a hotel allowance.
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Actress Party animal Kate Hudson literally had all eyes on her during a post-Brit Awards party at The Savoy in London earlier this week. The kind of shindig where regular hotel guests get shooed away to make room for A-listers, who then make a show of their A-lister-ness by doing whatever the heck they want. Which, in this case, involved dancing on the furniture and smoking cigarettes inside a hotel where smoking has been banned for the past five years.
The Daily Mail caught these photos of Kate, who was in town because her rocker husband, Matt Bellamy, and his band were nominated for a few Brit Awards. Now, we get the whole rebel- without-a-cause thing, but was the Savoy's party so packed there wasn't even standing room on the floor? Or maybe Kate was trying to get a better view of the other celebs who were there—Harry Styles, Mark Ronson, Tamara Ecclestone. Or maybe she was still worried about floodwaters from Rihanna's catastrophic visit back in 2011?
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January 17 1920 might not be one of those dates that’s rammed into your memory, possibly because most people like drinking and prefer to forget the bad times – but anyway, it’s the date that the Prohibition 18th Amendment was ratified.
And while a 92nd anniversary may be an odd one to celebrate, if there’s booze involved, it’s never too odd. So says the Savoy London, which turned its dark ‘n’ sexy Beaufort Bar into a Prohibition speakeasy for the night on Tuesday.
At the door, we were greeted by a lovely lady, Gemma, in a 1920s fascinator over her Savoy uniform. Once we gave her the password (Kaspar, if you please), she swept us past the velvet rope and into a booth paved with 48 karat gold. For realsies.
Instead of the normal menu, we got a gorgeous little Prohibition menu, offering six cocktails, three of which had been invented for Prohibition night, and another off-menu rum-based one that’s currently in the running for a competition to be the face of Bacardi.
The rules of the night: bottles would come in paper bags (our neighbors had champagne delivered like this), champagne would be served in special fluted goblets, and other cocktails would be poured into a tea cup from a proper tea pot. To experience as many set ups as possible (ahem), we tried four.
OK, so this news won't be really that exciting if you're a) a former Beatle, or b) indifferent to rock 'n roll. Since that rules out pretty much no one, come get excited with us about an announcement from London's The Savoy that their in-house design team will be heading the renovation process at Abbey Road Studios.
As a result of the new partnership, guests at Fairmont Hotels (which owns The Savoy) will be able to go in and record their own music. Awesome! Also, waaay more sensible (and cost-efficient) than Kanye West's method of renting out an entire floor at The Mercer to work on his Jay-Z collaboration album, Watch The Throne. For starters: Abbey Road has been a functioning, successful recording studio for 80 years. The Mercer, though super cool (and pretty), is, at the end of the day, just a hotel.
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Celebrating New Year's Eve as a newly single man, Russell Brand wasn't exactly his usual cheery self as he struggled to come to terms with his divorce, alone in London. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star attempted to get as far away as possible from ex-wife Katy Perry—over 5,000 miles, to be exact—who meanwhile was partying it up at Soho House in West Hollywood.
According to The Mirror, Russell moped around The Savoy, ordering room service (meal for one), offsetting it with some time at the gym, and generally spreading his misery around the place like a bad smell. When one guest went up to him to wish him a happy New Year, Brand responded: "Here's hoping it gets happier." Or should we call him Eeyore.
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Art aficionados staying at London's historic Savoy hotel have been experiencing a short lived treat this week: Monet's "Waterloo Bridge," sketched from Room 618, was recently returned to the Savoy over 100 years after it was first drawn. The room offers prime panoramic views of the Thames River, and Monet's creative interpretation of the scene has been on display at The Savoy Museum since December 13th.
What happens when you check into the Savoy and realize your
posh Savoy-friendly clothes need ironing?
Well, if you’re most Savoy guests, you probably call down to reception and ask for some kind of butler service. But that didn’t occur to friends of ours who checked in last month and promptly realized they had 15 minutes to get their clothes pressed and onto their bodies.
Having established that there wasn’t an ironing board in the room (presumably because most Savoy guests go the butler route), they called down to reception and asked for one. Yes, said the person on the end of the phone, it’ll be straight up.
About four minutes later, the phone rang. It was the front desk, letting them know that the guy was outside with the ironing board but hadn’t been able to rouse them with his knocks. Sure enough, he was there, along with an iron and an ironing board.
Now here’s a view we’d really love to entertain from our hotel window – you don’t get much more iconic than this.
It is, if you hadn’t recognized it, looking down on the entrance of The Savoy London. We took it from room 649, where our friends were staying. How swish does it look! How gleaming is the gold on that figure! How very debonair and London!
Luckily the stay was equally impressive, with our friends deeming it one of their top hotel stays ever.
Not very Paul Smith
London Fashion Week is on, and while the much buzzed about Burberry show is leading headlines, we're more interested in Paul Smith's choice of venue for his F/W collection: The Savoy.
The iconic Fairmont property reopened this October after a nearly three-year renovation, a theme of reinvention that also carried through to the catwalk. Smith's show was centered on modern spins for women drawn from his classic menswear looks. He told the AFP "It was a collection that was going back to my roots."
While Fashion Week is drawing to a close, you can still get in on the Savoy, particularly now that the reopening frenzy has died down. Rooms in March start at £295 a night, a much better deal than the £485 the hotel was asking in October. We're taking it as a sign that overpaying for a luxury hotel is so last season.
But a couple of months have passed since then, so we thought we'd check in to see how things were going, especially now that Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill is now open and a recent TV documentary revealed that the butlers polish everything including the plums. (We aren’t sure we’d want our plums polished, how would we eat them?)
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The hotel's first guest was a bit of a publicity stunt--it was Stephen Fry, English actor, comedian and The Savoy's "blogger-in-residence"--but the hotel is at long last open to all guests. Unfortunately we didn't have a room but we did get to have a good snoop around yesterday.
Our highlights were the River Restaurant’s leopard print carpet (so this season!); the amazing River view suites, which cost £2,500 per night (guess they need to recoup that 220 million pounds from somewhere!); the baby white grand piano once played by Frank Sinatra; The Beaufort bar with its dark corners and velvet curtains and of course, the tea shop with handmade chocolates and Savoy-branded tea and jam.
The day that we have been waiting for a 100 years has finally arrived--10.10.10. And the day that we have been waiting for what feels like a 100 years is also here--the reopening of The Savoy London.
London can barely contain itself as it awaits the reopening of the iconic hotel which closed in December 2007 and underwent a rigorous top-to-bottom renovation that cost a pretty penny--220 million pounds.
Room rates at the hotel during opening week will also cost you a pretty penny, as we reported last week. Anxious to be one of the first in the new Savoy? You can expect to pay about £485 a night. Or else wait until later this month when room rates drop to £345 a night.