Cocktails and Canapés at The Ritz London

The Ritz Hotel Review

Recently we had the pleasure of visiting The Ritz London which has been a major historic landmark in Mayfair London since 1906.  Founded by Swiss hotelier César Ritz, working together with French architect Charles-Frédéric Mewès and partner Arthur Davis.

Their goal was to create a luxury hotel which was totally unique, they used the French Louis Seize 18th Century style of interior design.

Their visionary came to life spectacularly well, the hotel is an artwork in itself, there is beauty in every detail.

Gold leaf adorns the hotel and is seen in every room at The Ritz, the colours work incredibly well together with the reds, dazzling chandeliers, mirrors, and marble. 


Private Tour of The Ritz

We were honoured to have a private tour of the The Ritz London by The Ritz duty manager Ailsa who was very informative.

It was incredible to be shown private areas of The Ritz such as The William Kent House which is adjacent to The Ritz Hotel. The house was built for former British Prime Minister Henry Pelham.

Kent’s designs are charismatic representing his persona of being a charming and lively individual, his work was favoured amongst noble patrons.

The dramatic staircase was gorgeous leading up to unveil beautiful artwork on the wall where the artist decided to inject some 20th Century inspiration to the upgraded design, can you spot the smartphone?

We were shown one of the hotels Junior Suites overlooking London’s Piccadilly Circus.

The Great Room photographed in the last three photographs above was my favourite room of all, inspired by Italian Renaissance. HM Queen Elizabeth II held Prince Charles 54th Birthday here in 2002 and celebrated her 80th Birthday here in 2006. A wonderful experience! 

The Rivoli Bar & Cocktail Lounge

We stepped in to the glittering jewel of The Rivoli Bar & Cocktail Lounge which is an art deco themed bar surrounded by rich woods and gold leaf. The impressive domed ceilings are each painted with 24 carat gold and features beautiful Sicilian Murano glass.

The decor of the bar is beautiful and creates a wonderful atmosphere perfect for savouring delicious cocktails and tasty bites. If you’re looking for drinks reception venues, The Rivoli Bar would be perfect.

The Ritz has recently celebrated its 110 anniversary and the The Ritz 110 cocktail was created to celebrate it, so it was a must try!

RITZ 110

In honour of The Ritz London’s 110th year. A Gold Infused cocktail containing Absolute Elyx Vodka, Grand Marnier and Peach Liquor, finished with Champagne.

The Ritz 110 was a strong delicious cocktail which packs a zesty punch. The Grand Marnier adds a beautiful orange flavour, the peach adds sweet notes. Gold leafs are added. The cocktail is finalised by adding the exclusive Champagne Barons de Rothschild Ritz Reserve, and a sugar cube to add effect and sweetness. A beautifully presented cocktail.

MARIE ANTOINETTE

Married to Louis XVI, whose style inspired the décor of The Ritz, Marie Antoinette was a strong Queen known for her lavish lifestyle. This cocktail pays tribute to this famous combination of power and elegance. 

The second cocktail to try on the menu was the Marie Antoinette which was a must try considering she is a distant cousin of mine!

The cocktail was beautifully presented, an elegant cocktail perfect for sipping on a Summers day. It contains Tequila, Rhubarb Syrup, Raspberry Gin Liqueur, Fresh Lime Juice, Cactus Drops, topped with Champagne and Aloe Vera Foam.

We were presented with a delicious selection of Chef John William’s MBE canapés. Chef John Williams recently a michelin star for his food creations, it’s clear why after sampling his delicious flavoursome delights!

Mushroom Macaroon

Meringue of mushroom with morel puree finished with cream

Coronation Chicken

Spiced sugar tuille filled a coronation chicken mix of ginger, coconut, chilli and coriander

Mushroom Cracker

Cracker of tapioca and mushroom stock, with mushroom mayonnaise and pickled mushroom

Lemon Macaroon, Smoked Salmon Mousse

Lemon and yoghurt meringue with smoked salmon mousse, topped with trout caviar

Crab and Apple Roll with Avocado

Apple roll,  white crab seasoned with lemon and chive, topped with avocado

Goose Liver Terrine, Mango and Gingerbread

Goose Liver served with a gingerbread tuille and spiced mango gel

Pomme Soufflé with Sour Cream and Caviar

Puffed potato with sour cream and Oscietra Caviar

Noisette of Brill Darphin

Cured brill wrapped in potato and fried

Potato Crisp with Celeriac and Truffle

Baked potato disk with celeriac puree and a truffle mango

Goats Cheese Sable

Savoury biscuit with creamy British Goats Cheese

Smoked Salmon Moscovite

Savoury cornet coated with poppy seeds and filled with smoked salmon and horseradish, topped with Oscietra Caviar

Each canapé was full of flavour and beautifully presented and very unique! Rich and wholesome culinary delights. The Coronation Chicken was delicious, the ginger, coconut worked so nicely with the chicken.

The Potato Crisp with truffle mango was superb, cooked at 100 degrees and then at 180 to create its unique cushion. The tuber melanosporum premium black truffles used at The Ritz are sourced from Périgord in Southern France, the only truffle that has flavour!

The salmon cornets were so tasty, beautiful cuts of fish full of flavour in a buttery cone, beautiful.

Photographed above are two other tasty cocktails:

CHURCHILL’S COURAGE

The Ritz London was one of Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite hotels. This bold cocktail resembles character of Churchill containing Bourbon, Maple Syrup, White Port, Vanilla Bitters, and Lemon Pee.

ROTHSCHILD FIZZ

A Rothschild Champagne cocktail which combines  flavours of Bergamot, herbs, and Matcha Green Tea. Silent Pool Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Fresh Bergamot Juice, Macha Green Tea Syrup and Agave Nectar. 

Churchhill’s Courage is smooth and has a velvety finish, the Rothschild Fizz was presented beautifully with chia seeds surrounding the flue and flower. A fragrant champagne delight!

To enjoy our final cocktails we were presented with some beautiful desserts. The decedent Hazelnut Semi-Freddo and a selection of sweet treats:

Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Ganache

Vanilla Macaroon

Passion Fruit Pate de Fruit

Chocolate and Hazelnut Financier

The Semi Freddo was an artwork on a plate and tasted incredible. The canapés and cocktails were out of this world. I can see why The Ritz Restaurant won a Michelin Star, and the hospitality was incredible! 


What do you think of The Ritz judging from the photographs above? What are your impressions of the canapés and cocktails? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks ever so much for reading!

Laura xo

  • I’ve spent way too much money over the years in this place!! haha I love the bar and the real gold cocktail is my fav! I’ve also had dinner there and you are made to feel like royalty! Glad you had a great time xxx

  • I love the Rivoli bar! This reminds me that I should go there for a drink next time I’m in London.

    ANOUK

  • Loved your photos! It is so fun to stay somewhere that is so unique and feels like you are in a castle and you are a princess for a few days. I defiantly, felt this way when I was in France recently. It is absolutely gorgeous 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/04/dear-couture-mothers-day-advice.html

  • Nadia

    What an incredible and unique experience, gorgeous! Loved the photos and the recap from your visit to the luxurious Ritz. Your outfit was perfect for it as well 🙂 Very princess’y <3
    Can't take my eyes off the dessert designs! Such a foodie haha.
    xox Nadia
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  • wow ! what a incredible place! thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  • That is so cool that you’re related to Marie Antionette! That cocktail looks like the one that I would choose for sure. I agree with Deb (below), this is my fave hotel you’ve ever featured- it’s just so luxurious and quintessentially British. How amazing that you had a private tour.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • Hehe yes, our family is certainly interesting that’s for sure! I’m so glad that you agree with Deb and this is your favourite so far on SheHearts. The Ritz is by far one of the best places I’ve visited in London, absolutely incredible

      So glad that you enjoyed the feature, it means so much to hear that thank you 🙂

      The tour was amazing, it was just the two of us and loved ever moment! Great to see where HM The Queen enjoys private dinners and birthdays in The Great Room 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • This must be one of the most incredible hotels I’ve seen featured in your blog, Laura! We all know the Ritz is synonym of luxury, class and elegance, but seeing it in person must have been such a wonderful experience. And omg those coktails!!! Again, the best ones I’ve seen here! <3
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

    • Thanks Deborah, The Ritz London really was one of the best hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The food and cocktails were incredible, the entire experience was really out of this world.

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the feature so much it means so much, thank you!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Amy

    So glam and luxe!!! I would love to visit there someday… bookmarking for future reference :).

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

    • Thanks Amy, Luxe is a great was to describe The Ritz and so glad you enjoyed the post enough to bookmark it 🙂

      Do let me know if you visit it in the future and what you think!

      Laura xo
      www,shehearts.net

  • Ritz is like the epitome of elegance, but it seems I need to add cocktails to the list of things that come to mind.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • The Ritz it one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in London, charming, magical and everything about it was simply so dreamy I want to go back again and move in (one can dream, right?)

      Glad you enjoyed the review Anne!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • That New Dress

    I love the Ritz, it’s such a elegant place and your photos capture it perfectly. Great post hun xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

    • The Ritz is a beautiful historical hotel to visit in London, and I’m ever so glad you enjoyed the photography, a stunning place to capture.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Rosy Ferry

    wow Laura, these photos are stunning, like so so much. I love how atmospheric everything is, it just looks so in tune with the period it was built within and also, I can’t believe you’re a distant cousin of Marie Antoinette!

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    • Thanks Rosy I’m ever so glad you enjoyed the review! The Ritz is certainly atmospheric, it has such a a magical feel to it and loved ever moment of our visit.

      Hehe yes, related to Marie Antoinette indeed 🙂 Our family history is very interesting indeed, and still delving into it more and more so!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Everything is gorgeous and looks so yummy!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Oh wow, I’m just in awe of how beautiful The Ritz Carlton is. The elegance is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And the food looks absolutely amazing, you guys must have had such a great time!

    xo, jackie
    stylemydreams.com

    • This isn’t the Ritz Carlton, it’s The Ritz London 🙂 – One of a kind and a truly iconic British gem in the heart of London.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What a beautiful hotel. I love the Ritz Carlton. The one in Toronto used to house a lot of events that I used to attend and they were always really lovely. The food sounds so good. I love the detailing along the staircases. No one hotel every seems to be the same, but they are all quite opulent. I’ll have to check this one out when I go to London in the future! I hope you had the most incredible time!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • The Ritz London is actually totally separate to the hotel Ritz hotels, something the duty manager was proud to tell us. It’s certainly a beautiful place to visit in London and one of a kind that’s for sure!

      I’m ever so glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh wow, what a magnificent hotel, though I wouldn’t expect anything short of that from The Ritz! I love the architecture and all the amazing intricate details, I bet you felt like The Queen the entire time! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Thanks Jalisa, The Ritz certainly is magnificent and grand, a beautiful place to visit in London. Looking at the rooms you can imagine what it was like when it first opened as the hotel has really kept its historical charm.

      Thanks! Have a lovely week and weekend coming up 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • That Marie Antoinette cocktail looks absolutely amazing and I love the ceilings too – such an iconic London institution

  • Dressed With Soul

    Wow, it must have been such an experience to have cocktails there! Everything looks so rich – thanks for sharing!
    xx Rena
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  • Such a gorgeous hotel!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • I do love The Ritz Laura – it’s my dream to stay here one day! I came for Christmas afternoon tea with my mother-in-law in December and afterwards we went to The Rivoli Bar and enjoyed the Ritz 110 cocktail – I do love the look of the Rothschild Fizz though…it looks right up my street 🙂 How wonderful that you had a private tour of The Ritz too!! Oh and I do LOVE your dress xx

    • The Ritz is absolutely beautiful isn’t it? I’m glad that you and your mother-in-law enjoyed your afternoon tea, I did see people enjoying theirs and it looked ever so tasty! The Rothschild Fizz was delicious, all the cocktails and the food were really very impressive!

      Aw thanks so much I’m glad you like my dress 🙂 I thought the glitz would fit in with the decor!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh wow what an amazing experience! How gorgeous!

    Gemma x
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  • This place looks so glorious, I love the decor
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • This looks like the perfect experience and everything looks so gorgeous!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  • Oh my! That’s what I call a lavish party. It’s like being in a museum! All the cocktails look amazing (Marie Antoinette would be my pick!) and the food as well. I am sure you felt like a queen would have felt back in those days, being pampered and admiring such a luxury in every corner. Great review Laura!
    Xx,
    Saida | She talks Glam

    • The Ritz was mesmerising that’s for sure and the Marie Antoinette cocktail was delicious, light and refreshing, The food was incredible! I’m so glad you enjoyed the review Saida!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh wow, it’s like being transported to the past! The decor reminds me of the old English world or at least that’s how I imagine the old castles would look like. I can only imagine what a spectacular experience it would be staying and dining there.

    • Absolutely, the decor was incredible and loved the way The Ritz has kept its historical factor and it wIll always remain at the heart of the hotel.

      Truly enjoyed our experience there, the food and cocktails were wonderful.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Molly Hogan

    Looks like the most amazing night!

    Xx

    Molly

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  • What a wonderful experience! I can relate to appreciate the beautiful, luxurious decor of The Ritz and oh wow, those desserts look delicious – the chocolate cage is like nothing I’ve seen before! You make a lovely pair with your partner Laura, looking totally at home 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks so much Gabrielle, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the review. It really was a wonderful experience at The Ritz, the decor was wonderful that’s for sure and loved the historic feel.

      The chocolate caged dessert was incredible! I’m so glad you enjoyed the review and thanks, have a wonderful weekend too!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • You can never go wrong with the Ritz! The decor is stunning and dying over the food and cocktail choices. Great review Laura!

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    • The Ritz was truly wonderful and the decor was quite something! I can see why HM The Queen chose to celebrate birthdays there.

      The food was out of this world, and the cocktails were delicious also!

      Glad you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh my goodness, how stunning! Wowsers! What a lovely way to spend an evening xx

    Beautylymin

    • The Ritz was incredible from the moment you walked in, the food and cocktails were absolutely gorgeous.

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh wow those canapes look delicious and very pretty! Lovely post 🙂