Ever wondered why there is a strange-looking fracture on the window of the Savoy Grill?
We asked Tanya Pemberton, who is Gordon Ramsay's Event's person. Here is her story:
When the hotel was first opened in 1889 the D’Oyly Carte Room used to be a jewellery shop. At the time there were many “firsts” happening; this was the only building in London at the time which was lit by electricity throughout the building, The Savoy was the first hotel in the world that had toilets, showers and hot running water in every room, the American Bar was the first bar where they allowed ladies and gentleman to sit together in the same room and was also the first bar where they started mixing spirits and made the first cocktail!
So the American owner of the jewellery shop imported bullet proof glass to install for the very first time in the UK. Nobody believed that glass can catch a bullet. Later that year there was a very small and unsuccessful armed robbery during which the shop’s own security guard fired a shot indoors and that shot left the mark on that glass window that overlooks the forecourt. After that, the owner never changed the glass, proving to visiting dignitaries that they were safe from assassins at the Savoy.
The bullet-marked glass become 1st degree listed property in 1998 and that it why it was not changed during the last refurbishment.