The Ritz hotel in Piccadilly was built on a site previously occupied by The Old White Horse Cellar, one of the most famous coaching inns in London. It was one of the first steel-frame buildings to be erected in Europe. The restaurant has so many chandeliers that its ceiling had to be specially reinforced. Launched by the legendary hotelier, César Ritz, it is now owned by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay’s Ellerman Investments.