Monday, 17 February 2014

007 Restaurant: The Ritz, London, England


Location: London, England
Address: 150 Piccadilly

Bond book appearance: Live at Five (1999), also mentioned in John Gardner's Icebreaker (1983)
Bond connection also: Sir Roger Moore has eaten here
Visited by 007 Travelers: 2010

The Ritz Restaurant is a magnificent bastion of the culture of classical service and a dining room of unadulterated opulence created in reverence to haute cuisine. Established by Auguste Escoffier, one of history's most influential chefs, The Ritz Restaurant is considered by many to be the most beautiful hotel dining room in the world and features towering marble columns, soaring floor to ceiling windows, vast kaleidoscopic ceiling frescoes, gilded neoclassical statues and a spectacular garland chandelier that envelops diners within a halo of light.

Afternoon tea price was £ 40 / person, (2010). Tea menu was extensive, two teapots, one for each as well as a 3-storey trey full of finest pastries and sandwiches.

”It had been several years since he had seen her. James Bond was surprised and happy to hear that she was in London. They agreed to meet at the bar in the Ritz Hotel, where she was staying…”
”The following three nights in Chicago had been intense. Even now, years later, he was still reflecting on the warmth in her blue eyes as he arrived at the Ritz Hotel for the rendezvous.
After parking the car, Bond bounded into the lobby and entered the bar. He looked around for his date and found her sitting alone in the corner, nursing a glass of wine. 
”Is this seat taken?” Bond asked her, indicating the empty chair beside her.
”Hello, my darling,” Janet Davies said dreamily. ”It’s been a long time.”

Raymond Benson: "Live at Five" 

See the whole travel story here

See more 007 RESTAURANTS (visited) here

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