The reopening of London’s iconic Savoy hotel has been put back again, this time until late summer/autumn.
The Savoy, part of the Fairmont Group, closed for a complete overhaul in December 2007 with a project budget of £100m and timeframe for reopening of 16 months.
However, media reports suggest the earliest it will now open is August/September, with problems with the fabric of the building said to have caused delay and doubled the project’s cost.
A spokesman for Fairmont confirmed that there was no official re-opening date currently in place but said the group intended to relaunch the Savoy “late summer”.
When the hotel does finally reopen it will feature, as before, a Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) restaurant. Boxwood Cafe chef Stuart Gillies has the task of taking on a revitalized Savoy Grill from previous chef patron Marcus Wareing after his high-profile departure from GRH in 2008.
The Savoy Grill has been designed to retain the original 1920’s features such as the Art Deco lighting, as well as the restaurant’s original table plan. A private dining room will cater for up to 50 guests, while the chef’s table will be situated in the kitchen.