Flowers are vitally important to any hotel and form an intrinsic part of any guest experience in my humble opinion. Flowers epitomise beauty and spectacle, perfume and romance so I love taking photographs of the florist’s art – especially in luxury properties where the budgets are higher and the flowers more extravagant.
I took this image of the tulip arrangement especially for Flower Friday in the Front Hall of The Savoy London and love it for its spring-like properties and simplicity. Here’s some fun facts and a couple of tips from Belinda Bowles, Head of Floral Design at The Savoy:
- Number of flowers put into guest rooms per annum – 500-1,000 stems a week depending on VIP’s
- Number of blooms used throughout the public areas – 1,500 stems a week
- The choice of flower design must complement Edwardian traditional English flowers or Art Deco modern orchid designs
- The most romantic floral gesture ever requested at The Savoy was for a small heart shaped pillow of red roses with an engagement ring placed on top for the gentleman to propose at the River Restaurant (now Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill).
- Top tip: If you are unfortunate to get lily pollen on you, do not rub as this will stain. Instead, dab delicately with a little Sellotape to lift the pollen.
- Top tip: With hydrangea stems, ensure you cut on an angle and cut up the stem too – this ensures the flower can drink – water mist spray the flower heads too as hydrangea drink through the flower bloom.
The Savoy London, Strand, London, WC2R OEU. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7836 4343.
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