Ritz Hotel

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The Ritz Arcade on PiccadillyThe Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly, central London is one of London's most famous 5-star hotels, overlooking Green Park. It was opened in 1906 by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz, previously manager of the Savoy Hotel.

In the early 20th century the Ritz's downstairs bar, nicknamed "l’Abri" ("the shelter"), was frequented by gay men from high society.[1]


  1. Matt Houlbrook, Queer London page 74