The Socialite is hotspotting in London and paid the glamourous eatery a visit. Read all about it in this week’s Lifestyle Feature of the Week…
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill truly encompasses the rich style and glamour of the 1920s. It’s situated in the iconic Savoy hotel in London and offers breathtaking views and culinary delights for all who visit. The Socialite’s Chia Kougianos an her Mr B set out for a day of hotspotting and visited the iconic London eatery earlier this week. Our day began with a visit into the city centre, browsing the latest collections in Oxford street then a stroll through St James Park before a quick heel change and our visit to The Savoy. We were greeted with the enchanting smile of the concierge as the large sliding doors beckoned you in with the stretch of marbled tiled floors leading up to the lobby. Here the Thames Foyer features a winter garden gazebo under a stained-glass cupola offering natural light and gorgeous flower arrangements.
And so began our afternoon at Kaspar’s, arguably one of the best restaurants in London which plays host to enchanting views of the River Thames and a few of the ciy’s beloved landmarks. It’s home to modern dining trends and offers guests a truly luxurious dining experience having long been famous for its inventive chefs.
The Savoy hotel truly is a London landmark and holds special place in British history. It has played host to royalty, world leaders and musical legends from around the world from Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart to Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the likes of Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Sophia Loren. Other celebrity guests include Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Elton John, U2, Led Zeppelin and even George Clooney.
Kaspar’s is the show-stopping London restaurant where informal dining becomes theatre. All Kaspar’s dishes are plated and presented with extraordinary style. For almost 90 years The Savoy has offered dining parties of thirteen the company of Kaspar the Cat. Now Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill – The Savoy’s glamorous seafood bar and grill eatery is a place for the Prince of Cats to play host.
The Kaspar’s story begins in 1898, when South African diamond magnate Woolf Joel suddenly died. Just before his death, Joel hosted a dinner at The Savoy for fourteen guests. At the last minute one of them cancelled. Joel decided the dinner should go ahead, but a more superstitious guest declared death would befall the first person to leave the table. Woolf Joel defiantly decided to take the gamble himself. Weeks later he was shot dead in Johannesburg. Anxious to avoid a repeat of such ill fate, The Savoy decided to provide an extra guest for every table of thirteen. Initially the hotel had a member of staff sit amongst the diners, but this proved unpopular. Guests felt unable to discuss their private matters freely. Thus, in a stroke of genius, Kaspar was created – sculpted into life by architect Basil Ionides in 1926. Kaspar is delighted, to this day, to join tables of thirteen – napkin round his neck, a full place-setting before him, ready to enjoy every course he is served.
The menu is all encompassing and guests can choose from an array of fresh seafood, caviar and delicious smoked salmon, cured sea bass or fresh rock oysters and Dover sole as well as lobster or sea bream; spatchcock, lamb cutlets or beef.
For those Socialites looking to indulge in a glass of bubbly or fine wine they offer a diverse collection of wines and classic cocktails from around the world. Keeping in line with The Savoy’s elegant style and opulent finishes, Kaspar’s encompasses classic stylings with modern finishes. Here you’ll find a 1920s fashion inspired interior complete with Art Deco finishes of mirror and cut-glass stylings.
When it comes to dining, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill is all about fresh seafood and the finest ingredients fused together guaranteed to take your palette on a culinary journey of pure delight.