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The Ritz Hotel

A Grade II* Listed Building in St James's, Westminster

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Latitude: 51.5071 / 51°30'25"N

Longitude: -0.1416 / 0°8'29"W

OS Eastings: 529072

OS Northings: 180320

OS Grid: TQ290803

Mapcode National: GBR DF.CX

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.HDH0

Plus Code: 9C3XGV45+R9

Entry Name: The Ritz Hotel

Listing Date: 10 March 1965

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1226499

English Heritage Legacy ID: 423822

Location: St. James's, Westminster, London, W1J

County: Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St George, Hanover Square

Church of England Diocese: London

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81/65 (south side)
The Ritz Hotel
Grand hotel. 1906 by Mew├ęs and Davis, their first major London commission.
Norwegian granite and Portland stone cladding one of the earliest steel frames.
Green slate roof. Very much a Parisian design, of rue de Rivoli and Place Vendome
derivation, with typically enlarged yet restrained Beaux Arts detailing. 6 storeys
and 2 tiers of dormers in steep mansard. Podium-ground floor channelled arcade over
pavement, the semicircular arched openings with carved bearded and female head
keystones. Arched openings behind, with late C20 shop fronts,flanking main entrance.
Upper floors,with central and flanking 5 bay pavilions framed by channelled pilaster
strips,have 1st and 2nd floor windows linked by through-storey architraves with
enriched cornices over 2nd floor; segmental arched flat surround 3rd floor windows
with carved head keystones; Louis XV style iron window guards. Mutule cornice over
4th floor; balustraded parapet to set back attic storey; applied pediments to attics
of pavilions. Ornamental leadwork cresting roof ridges. Similar details to return
elevations to Green Park and Arlington Street where there is a wrought iron and
glazed canopied entrance. Richly gilded Louis XV interiors with convincing detailing
executed with splendid panache, concentrated in the central Fountain Court and in
the Restaurant at the Green Park end of the axial promenade-corridor.

Listing NGR: TQ2907280320

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