Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Ritz

The Ritz has become the embodiment of opulence and luxury contributing the word ‘Ritzy’ to the English language. Opened in 1906 to the specifications of Swiss businessman Cesar Ritz it was the first major steel framed building in London. Furnished in the style of Louis XVI the hotel was refurbished in 1995, by French craftsmen, to bring it back to its former glory.

The very phrase ‘putting on the Ritz’ assumes an air of superiority and sophistication perfectly encapsulated in this clip from Young Frankenstein.

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