The Ritz’s dress-code requirement is outlined by the hotel’s liveried flunkies – box hats, birds’ feathers and all – who address many guests by title and surname as they pass through the lobby.
The stratospherically over-the-top decor in the Rivoli bar harks back to the golden era of cocktails between the wars, although it’s far more garish than it needs to be. Prices only appear sensible if money is of no consequence: among the nine house speciality cocktails are the Cesar Ritz (£120), made with Courvoisier l’Esprit, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne and Angostura bitters; and, a comparative snip at £17, the Ritz Whiskers (Four Roses small-batch bourbon, Ketel One vanilla vodka and amaretto).
Champagne cocktails, martinis, long drinks and after-dinner cocktails are priced in similarly if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it fashion.
|Venue name:||Rivoli at The Ritz||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Open 11.30am-1am Mon-Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Green Park tube|
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When you're blue and don't know where to go to why don't you go where fashion sits... well, you know the rest!
The Rivoli Bar is as decadent and classy as you could hope it would be. The waiters are dressed to the nines, and jazz music is playing softly in the background. You can't help but feel classy when you sit in one of their plush chairs and order yourself one of their delicious cocktails.
The only downside is that, despite being at the Ritz, you are not made to feel special in the slightest. A healthy injection of good service is needed at the Rivoli, and until it gets one, you'll find me at the American Bar at the Savoy.
Skip the cocktails at the Ritz, and opt for lunch here instead (you might even find yourself a good Time Out offer, like we did!). The service was amazing and the whole experience was phenomenal.