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A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

A night out at The Savoy Hotel mostly spent at Kaspar’s Seafood Restaurant.  We could have started the evening with a cocktail at the world-famous American Bar or ended our meal with a night cap in the art-deco Beaufort Bar … keep reading to find out more about this wonderful central London gem.

It’s the only road here in the UK you can drive on the left.  Yes, people. The Savoy Hotel on The Strand in the heart of London.   You know you’re in for a treat in both luxury and service, at least, when you see the Lalique crystal fountain and top-hat doffing doormen at the grand entrance.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

As you walk through the hotel foyer, the first thing you notice is the beautiful flower displays, and this is the start of many.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

Kaspar’s is a wonderful seafood bar at the rear of The Savoy Hotel in London. For those not in the know, this London institution has hosted royalty and world leaders to legends of the stage and screen. If only the walls could talk, I’d be there for hours.

The legend of Kaspar

For almost 90 years the Hotel has offered dining parties of thirteen the company of Kaspar the Cat. Thankfully, not a real puss but a statue created by the architect Basil Ionides in 1926. Kaspar sits on ‘unlucky’ tables with a napkin around his neck, a full place-setting before him, ready to enjoy every course served. Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill is the former River Restaurant and named after the ‘cat’.

Celebrations

August is an expensive month for me; it’s my birthday and my Mum’s. She loves seafood, we’ve eaten at Kaspar’s in the past and sat at their art deco bar which takes up the middle of the huge room. This time, we’re treated to a table close to the River, at the back of the Restaurant, and get to glimpse the Thames through the huge trees which also provide a screen for the bedrooms above us.

Kaspar’s Seafood Restaurant

Champagne for Mum and me, the house is Louis Roederer (£18.50), so we were in great company. Mr settled for a glass of house white wine, La Loupe (£9.50), a white Grenache with white fruits and fruity notes which worked well with his starter.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

Service here is attentive, not at all imposing.  Our waiter Ryan always had the right answer to our questions and a lovely smile.

Gorgeous sourdough arrived with soft cheese and butter, brown and white.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

The starters were superb, but after I scanned the menu, I knew that it would be a large main course. Mr was the only one who opted for a starter but boy what a starter

The lobster and crab bisque was everything and more (£18.00).

Seafood

Mum chose the Fruits de Mer Platter (£39.00) for her main course.  Sadly, my picture was blurry.  A crushed ice platter arrived with four oysters, four huge prawns, white crab meat and two fat scallops.  Mum ordered a side of skinny fries (£5.00). Excellent value.

I had the Atlantic cod fish and chips (£20.00) which is one of the tastiest plates of food I’ve had in a while. A huge piece of cod in the lightest batter had been fried and crisped to perfection. When cut large flakes of cod fell onto the plate, only to be stopped by a pea crush and thin whippet fries.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

Mr chose Halibut, prawns and chorizo (£39.00) with a side of new potatoes (£5.00).  There’s not much needed when you get the best quality products into your kitchen. As a chef, all you need to do is know how to cook them.  And the chefs at Kaspar’s certainly have the skills.  He fancied a glass of white wine to work well with the fish.   A super crisp Domaine de l’Eglantiere arrived, a little steep at (£18.50) but Mr said it was well worth it and was the perfect compliment to his Halibut.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

We looked at each other, beaten by the portions. No room for dessert.

There was, however, a Happy Birthday lollipop and a few iced bonbons which we managed to force down. I have no idea if Mum got it home in one piece, but she insisted on taking home her lollipop as a reminder of her beautiful evening.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

The total for our meal, including 12.5% service (£23.38), was £210.38 (£61.00 was alcohol), which included free still and sparkling mineral water.

As we leave, we poke our nose into the shop and see the Chocolatier hard at work, beautiful works of art too by The Biscuiteers who have recreated the uniform of the mixologists at the world-famous American Bar and the Savoy Cocktail Book.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

We say goodbye to the Hotel and Kaspar, the huge topiary cat, keeping an eye on proceedings outside his home.

A Night Out At The Savoy Hotel

Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill‎, The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU+44 (0) 20 7420 2111.

Hotel Booking App – Hotel Tonight

Our holiday in Florida was coming to an end, and I needed a ‘wow’ hotel to stay on our last night, to end it with a bang.  I stumbled across the Hotel Tonight App offering a great last-minute deal at the Mondrian, South Beach.   As a journalist, I don’t book the first thing I see, so to say I’ve got a few apps, like this, would be an understatement.

Hotel Tonight App: How does it work?

The Hotel Tonight app is simple to use, and because they select only a small number of hotels in the area you choose, your screen isn’t full of options.  In fact, the best are those on offer, and it takes 10 seconds to book a room.  Although it’s called Hotel Tonight, in reality, you can book rooms in advance as well as on the day you need it.

Hotel Tonight App

Hotel Tonight App: Mondrian, South Beach

I paid $199 for the room for a night.  Allocated on arrival, it would be for two people, and I would pay a tourist tax of almost $40 to the Hotel directly.  After a little digging on the Mondrian South Beach site, I knew the rooms were decent, and the bed was likely to be king size.  Fundamentally the rooms cost at least $100 more booking directly on their site.  Often, it’s cheaper to book directly with the Hotel but Hotel Tonight offered a better rate, even with additional taxes.

Mondrian, South Beach

When we arrived, we were looked after by Rachel who was fantastic.  We had London in common, us living there and her visiting friends so when we were given our key we were a little surprised to have received a Penthouse Suite.  Also, she’d given us a voucher for two welcome drinks (worth $32).  When we took the lift to the top floor, our room was a one-bedroom flat.  It had a kitchen area, complete with seating area, coffee maker, microwave, a huge television in a lounge area, a large bedroom, separate bathroom, shower and toilet.   Result.

Mondrian, South Beach

Mondrian, South Beach

Mondrian, South Beach

Mondrian, South Beach

An online concierge or ‘HT Pro’ even sent a message to ask if I needed help booking a restaurant.  Luckily we’d already spotted a Japanese at the end of the street and secured a spot.  Nonetheless, it was a nice touch from someone who knew the area and was on hand to help.

The more you use the app, the better the reward with Levels 1, 2 and three which offer additional discounts, exclusive offers and VIP support.

Check out was a breeze using Apple Pay.  Use the code REWILLIAMS22 to get £15 off your first booking.

Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Avenue, South Beach, Florida