Driving in a foreign country can sometimes be extremely confusing and difficult for some travelers, especially when you are driving in a country which drives on the complete opposite side of the road than you do! But not only are you now driving on the opposite side of the road, but the steering wheel and pedals have also been moved over to the opposite side of the car, just to confuse you even further! Well, fear not, there is a single road in all of the United Kingdom which drives on the right side of the road and that is at London’s famous Savoy Hotel.
The Savoy Court entrance to the Savoy Hotel has allowed vehicles and horse-drawn carriages to enter on the right-hand side of the road. This is primarily due to how the ‘court’ was originally constructed when the hotel was built. When a guest visits or leaves The Savoy Hotel, it is much easier to do so while entering in on the right-hand side of the street. The Savoy Court is privately owned, so this has allowed them to continue allowing drivers to use the opposite side of the road. An interesting fact of allowing The Savoy to continue using the right side of the road method is that when guests arrive, the chauffeur or doorman are able to open the door without walking around the car. By doing so, it would allow the lady to descend from the carriage and walk directly into the hotel. Another interesting fact is Parliament gave The Savoy a special act allowing the drivers to drive on the right side of the road when entering the Savoy Court from the Strand due to the Savoy Theatre being located on the right side of the road. Additionally, the hotel has a small roundabout at the entrance which makes the vehicles required to do a turning circle of 25 feet to navigate it. This is still today the only legally required turning circle in all of London for cabs.
The Savoy Hotel is a luxury hotel located in central London and was built by the impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. The hotel opened up on August 6th, 1889 and was the first in the Savoy chain of hotels and restaurants to come. The Savoy is also famously known for their Afternoon Tea which is held in the Thames Foyer. The room has a breathtaking glass dome with wonderful natural light filling up the room. A pianist serenades the guests while they are eating delicious finger sandwiches and sipping on the highest quality tea in the world. The Savoy’s Afternoon Tea is considered one of the best Afternoon Teas to go to in all of London. There is absolutely no second guessing why The Savoy has been called “London’s most famous hotel.”
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