Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterFor 110 years The Ritz London has remained the benchmark for excellence, a name synonymous with luxury, with a landmark position in the heart of London. One-hundred-and-thirty-six bedrooms and suites overlook the Royal Green Park or world-famous Piccadilly; the finest cuisine is served in ‘one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms’ and the quintessential experience of Afternoon Tea is enjoyed at the five-star hotel that has for over a century hosted royalty and discerning guests. With six impeccable private dining rooms, five of which are situated in the 18th-century townhouse William Kent House, The Ritz London is the epitome of fine taste.At ILTM Asia 2016, The Ritz London proudly spoke of its most recent developments and achievements:New Green Park Signature SuiteThis summer will see the opening of the new two-bedroom Green Park signature suite at The Ritz London. Situated within the privacy of the seventh floor, the 111-square-metre suite offers a spacious, private apartment at one of the most exclusive addresses in London. Decorated in a fresh, contemporary style with silver leaf design and pale blue and soft purple colour palette, The Green Park Suite has a welcoming feel with magnificent views directly across The Royal Green Park and Piccadilly. The new suite is a celebration of Ritz design with bespoke artwork, custom-made polished wood furniture, as well as antique furnishings and details inspired by Green Park.The Ritz London adds English wines to its livre du vinDuring its 110th anniversary year as part of the best of British celebrations, The Ritz London is delighted to introduce English wines to the hotel’s wine list for the first time. Carefully curated by Head Sommelier Giovanni Ferlito, nine references from the Nyetimber, Gusbourne and Camel Valley estates in Sussex, Kent and Cornwall have been added to the wine list by the bottle this summer.Putting on a Ritz ChristmasThe Ritz London will once again be keeping the magic of Christmas dreams alive with a programme of spectacular celebrations and events during this year’s festive season. The hotel’s palatial exterior and Louis XVI interior décor will be sprinkled with sparkle overnight on 25 Friday November 2016. The centrepiece of the transformation is a Nordic pine Christmas tree, standing 7.6 metres tall, grown especially for The Ritz in the Scottish Highlands.Local walking tours in Piccadilly and St JamesFrom spring 2016, The Ritz London will be offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a private two-hour walking tour of the Piccadilly and St James areas, conducted by a local expert, Dr Cindy Lawford. Designed to give guests an exclusive insight into the surrounding area, The Ritz London’s walking tours will offer guests the opportunity to gain a unique insider perspective into British luxury and craftsmanship and meet some of the most talented and historic artisans behind British heritage brands, many of which, like The Ritz London, are Royal Warrant holders. Guests of The Ritz can select their preferred walking tour from the two options available.Epicurean tea tastingThe Ritz London introduces a new Epicurean Tea Tasting – a journey of discovery of some of the finest and rarest teas from across the world. Curated by certified Tea Master Giando Scanu, guests will taste six rare and spectacular teas, each expertly paired with a selection of finely cut finger sandwiches and open rolls, warm savoury dishes, freshly baked scones and beautiful French patisseries by Executive Chef, John Williams, MBE and his brigade, especially created to complement the teas.The Afternoon Tea (and its three-month waiting list)Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is an institution in itself. Popular since the hotel first opened in 1906 and enjoyed by a wide and varied audience through the years, it has become the quintessential British experience. A member of the UK Tea Council’s prestigious Tea Guild, The Ritz was winner of its “Top London Afternoon Tea 2004/2005” and of its Awards of Excellence in 2008 – 2013. In keeping with the beautiful surroundings of The Palm Court, pretty chinaware and silver tea services complement the charm of the room. An extensive choice of 16 different types of loose leaf tea is offered, including a Ritz Royal English, a Lapsang Souchong and a Darjeeling First Flush. The traditional English Tea menu includes freshly cut finger sandwiches with six types of filling, including Scottish smoked salmon, roast ham and cucumber. Warm baked raisin and plain scones with strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream follow with a delectable selection of cakes and afternoon tea pastries topping the tiered cake stand. The elegant ambience of tea at The Ritz is complete with musical accompaniment from resident pianist Ian Gomes who never ceases to delight with his own renditions of classical favourites. Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is priced at £50 per person, with the option to include a glass of Champagne (£66 per person). The Celebration Tea (£61 per person) or Celebration Tea with Champagne (£77 per person) are perfect for birthday celebrations and include a special birthday cake delivered to the table.