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Top Ten Facts about The Ritz

13th April 2018

Running throughout the year (January - December 2018), our Achievement Awards are given to our Top Sellers, Recruiters, Organisers, Mentors and Leaders for both new and established Organisers.

We are thrilled that on Friday 22nd February 2019, we will be inviting the top three Organisers in each of the six categories to join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Usborne Publishing at Usborne House in London, followed by an exclusive dinner in a private dining room at the world-famous five-star luxury hotel - The Ritz!

So what can you expect from your time at this luxurious venue? Here are our top ten facts about The Ritz!

  1. Conceived by the famous hotelier César Ritz, when The Ritz first opened its doors on 24th May 1906, it was considered one of the greatest hotels in the world.
  2. During its early years, the hotel enjoyed the patronage of The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) who was a loyal client of César Ritz and is reputed to have said: 'Where Ritz goes, I go'.
  3. Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle met in the Marie Antoinette Suite to discuss operations during the Second World War.
  4. Lady Diana Cooper, who lived in Arlington Street recalled that The Ritz was the first hotel, which allowed young unmarried women to go unchaperoned.
  5. During a press conference in the 1950s, Tallulah Bankhead sipped Champagne from her slipper. You can now buy a cocktail at The Ritz called The Tallulah served in a shoe designed by Christian Louboutin.
  6. In 1999, Richard Curtis' romantic comedy Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant featured several scenes shot at The Ritz including the hilarious Horse and Hound moment!
  7. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, regularly dined at The Ritz and her favourite song to be played on the piano was 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square'.
  8. In January 2002, The Ritz received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. Awarded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz, London is the first, and only hotel to have been honoured with this prestigious award.
  9. In August 2015, key scenes for the final episode of Downton Abbey were filmed in The Ritz Restaurant. Filming took place overnight, and it was the final ever scene filmed with the cast and crew, who all dressed in 1920s costumes to mark the occasion!
  10. In October 2016, The Ritz Restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017.

We are very excited to be able to celebrate the successes of more Organisers than ever next year, and can't wait to shout about all your amazing achievements for 2018!

Want to know how you can join us at The Ritz in 2019? Find out more about our Achievement Awards criteria here.