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Martin Parr: Inside The Savoy

A couture high tea, dinner dances and a menu for dogs: Martin Parr takes a peek inside one of London’s most iconic hotels

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Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Suzie Turner Salon. Couture High Tea. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Suzie Turner Salon. Couture High Tea. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Porters and Doormen. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Doorman, Tony Cortegaca whistling for a cab. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Beaufort Bar. Head Barman, Kyle Wilkinson. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Head Butler Sean Davoren feeds 'Alfie'. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Collection Martin Parr Martin Parr Collection. Savoy in-room dining Canine Cuisine Menu. London, England. GB. 2016. © Collection Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy. Dinner Dance. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Regular guest Margaret Fountain with Butler, Mihai Soroia. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Suzie Turner Salon. Couture High Tea. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Bulgarian Chambermaids, Mariya Lazarova on left with Veska Kutsevan. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Tobias (Left) and Mark Winklemann in their suite with Butler Frances Holder. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Savoy Hotel. Engagement Party. London, England. GB. 2016. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

“This place is a regular whispering-gallery,” wrote novelist Arnold Bennett in his 1930 book Imperial Palace, which was based on The Savoy Hotel in London. The story winds through a roll-call of wild characters in the bustling and luxurious hotel, full of whispers and goings on. Ever the curious observer of British culture and class, Magnum’s Martin Parr captured an average day at The Savoy, from the chamber maids, surely the keepers of many secrets, to the customers of the exclusive venue viewing the designs of couturier Suzie Turner, who holds a monthly high tea and fashion show for her glamorous clients.

Guests are treated to the famous cakes and high teas, and even canine companions are not left out – a dog menu serves up treats such as the ‘pupuccino’. And should a guest want to leave their opulent surroundings and head out into London, Tony, the head doorman has finessed a whistle for when he needs to alert a cab for a guest, calling over one of the waiting taxies, which are always queuing up outside.