FrontRunners: Steps From Piccadilly

<< Back to Robb Report, July 2003
  • Christine Robb

There is something about the ebb and flow of big band dance music that hits the spot. Afro-Caribbean, salsa, and disco all have their places on the sensual scale, but give me an evening dressed in my best, dining and dancing in the arms of an elegant partner with impeccable footwork, and I’m in heaven.

Big band music is all about style and class, and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra’s (www.thepiccadillydanceorchestra.co.uk) Michael Law is well suited for the role of musical director. He is a proper English gentleman—afternoon tea promptly at four, cocktails at six—with degrees from the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Law’s lifelong ambition to play at London’s Savoy hotel (+44.207.420.2356)—and follow in the footsteps of Coward and Gershwin—has taken shape with Stompin’ at the Savoy, the dinner and dance show that he and his orchestra perform on Saturday nights in the ballroom of the Thames Foyer.

Guests who choose not to dine are welcome to sink back into soft armchairs and enjoy a libation. Just a suggestion: Try head barman Peter Dorelli’s new cocktail made from vodka, Campari, and crushed strawberries. He calls it The Savoy Restoration to celebrate the hotel’s recent makeover.

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