Our Heritage

Our Heritage

Since 1906

The Ritz first opened its doors on 24th May 1906, considered to be one of the greatest hotels in the world. Conceived by renowned hotelier César Ritz, The Ritz owes its architectural design to the successful partnership formed in 1900 between Frenchman Charles Mewés and Englishman Arthur Davis. César Ritz’s vision was to create an aristocratic residence in fine taste where his clients would be flattered by feeling at home and for The Ritz to be the last word in modernity

1920’s

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin required 40 police officers to escort him through his fans into the hotel.

Charlie Chaplin

1940’s

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill met de Gaulle and Eisenhower for summit meetings in the Marie Antoinette Suite at The Ritz.

1960’s

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dined in The Ritz Restaurant with Sir Edward Heath.

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

2003

Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore stayed at The Ritz when he received his knighthood.

2010

Michael Winner

Michael Winner celebrated his birthday at The Ritz.

Michael Winner

2018

Paying tribute to some of the hotel’s iconic guests from past and present, including Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and actors Charlie Chaplin and Sir Roger Moore, who all shared a passion for the finest cigars. Ritz London Cigars first opens its doors, launching an exclusive range of Ritz Cigars that can be enjoyed in the regal elegance of the Sampling Lounge.