How to Read The Secret Life of the Savoy with Olivia Williams

How to Read The Secret Life of the Savoy with Olivia Williams
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196 Savoy

London is one of the most popular cities to visit, great restaurants, bars, hotels, but it wasn’t always that way. One man’s vision changed everything when he opened a hotel that would become one of the most influential in the world. Our guest today introduces us to that man.

For those of you who haven’t guessed already, that hotel is the Savoy in London and that man is Richard D’Oyly Carte.

Sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon and Kentucky Tourism, our guest Olivia Williams introduces us to the three generations of the D’Oyly Carte family who pioneered the luxury hotel and the modern theatre, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularised early jazz, electric lights and Art Deco.

Olivia Williams is a journalist and author. She graduated with a master’s degree in modern history from Oxford University and in her final year she won a Rupert Murdoch student scholarship. She wrote her first book, Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London in 2014. Her second book, The Secret Life of the Savoy, was published in 2020. Olivia has been a guest on Radio 4, Bloomsberg, Sky Arts and CBS News, and has often contributed to The Economist, Country Life, House & Garden, and the Evening Standard.

Our Cocktail of the Week is The Hanky Panky:

Hanky Panky
Yield: 1

Hanky Panky

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Hanky Panky was the Savoy Hotel bartender Ada Coleman’s most famous cocktail. It’s remained a winner ever since!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • 1 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Fernet-Branca
  • Orange Twist

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice
  2. Stir until chilled
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass
  4. Add an orange twist

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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