Why is The Savoy famous and when is documentary series out?

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The Savoy returns for a second season of the documentary series that takes viewers behind the silk curtains of the luxurious London hotel

The Savoy is a behind-the-scenes documentary series at one of Britain’s most luxurious hotels.

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The show’s second season follows hotel staff as the venue reopens to customers following the pandemic.

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The series will also feature the Savoy’s new Gucci-designed Royal Suite, priced at £16,000 a night.

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Staff at the Savoy

The suite was designed to celebrate the Italian fashion house’s 100th anniversary and the related history of the two luxury icons, when founder Guccio Gucci worked as a doorman at The Savoy as a young man.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who runs the Savoy Grill and starred in the first season, will also return when he opens a new restaurant.

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The Savoy first opened in 1889 on The Strand in central London and was built by Richard D’Oyly Carte, an impresario who made his living with Gilbert and Sullivan productions.

Owned by the Carte family for more than a century, the Savoy is renowned worldwide for its luxury status.

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The hotel has 267 rooms, four restaurants, the oldest cocktail bar in London – American Bar – and 600 employees who take care of their guests.

In 2007 the hotel closed for three years for a major £200million refurbishment and in 2020 it was forced to close again due to the pandemic.

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The Savoy closed on March 23, 2020 in accordance with government instructions and reopened in September of the same year before closing again in January 2021 and finally welcoming guests again in April 2021.

The Savoy was Britain’s first luxury hotel – it had electric lights throughout, electric lifts, bathrooms in most rooms and hot and cold running water on demand.

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Whilst you would expect this from an Ibis today, at the time it opened no hotel in the UK could offer all of these amenities.

But what makes the Savoy such an iconic place in London is the famous faces that have stayed at the hotel over the years.

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The Savoy was Britain’s first luxury hotel

Writer Ernest Hemingway and Prime Minister Winston Churchill both drank at the American Bar.

Actors Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe were among the hotel’s guests, as were American President Harry Truman and the (then) future King of England, Edward VII.

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Richard Harris, who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, spent the last few years of his life at the hotel, which no doubt cost him a fortune.

Since the series is a documentary, most of the people on camera are hotel workers.

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The series’ two main collaborators are Savoy butlers Sean Davoren and Michael Peluso.

Gordon Ramsay will also appear in a few episodes as he advances his latest venture, Restaurant 1890.

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Celia Imrie, known for her roles in St Trinians, Nanny McPhee and the ITV mini-series Titanic, will voice the show.

Savoyard butler Michael Peluso

When is The Savoy season 2 release date?

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Season 2 of Savoy airs on ITV on June 15 at 9pm.

There are four episodes in the season that are released weekly at the same time.

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Episodes can also be viewed on the ITV Hub shortly after they first air.

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