The Savoy Hotel in the Jazz Age

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Since its foundation, by theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte in 1889, The Savoy has embraced the latest in technology and entertainment: it was the first hotel lit by electricity and the first with electric lifts. Yet it was after the First World War that The Savoy pioneered dancing in the large restaurants, along with air conditioning, steam-heating, soundproofed windows, 24-hour room service and telephones in every bathroom. The British premiere of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin was broadcast from The Savoy in 1925 and the dance bands at the hotel became some of the most renowned in Europe.

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Fashion and Textile Museum

83 Bermondsey Street
+44 (0)20 7407 8664
Public transport:
From London Bridge Station walk towards Tower Bridge down Tooley Street for about 3 minutes. Then turn right in Bermondsey Street. The museum is on the left hand side of the street.

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