Brand Snapshot | The Savoy introduces guest library and Book Butlers

As part of its ongoing literary programme, Walpole member The Savoy has introduced a brand new, first-of-its-kind service: Book Butlers. Overseeing a collection of 40 titles presented in a beautifully illustrated library menu, the Savoy Book Butlers will be on hand to accommodate suite guests’ literary needs.

The service was dreamt up by award-winning writer, columnist and salonnière Damian Barr, who is also Literary Ambassador to The Savoy.  Damian has been hosting his renowned Literary Salons in the glittering Lancaster Ballroom since 2016, inviting established and emerging stars to share new stories and reveal their own personal tales. Damian has also helped the hotel reinvigorate and relaunch their Writer in Residence programme at the end of 2018 with best-selling author Sarah Perry (After Me Comes The Flood, The Essex Serpent and Melmoth), and upcoming residents including Aminatta Forna and Garth Greenwell.

Damian collaborated with some of his book-loving colleagues at The Savoy to curate this bespoke mini library, available for all suite guests looking for a good read during their stay. The library will be updated seasonally to include the latest and most relevant titles. Children’s in-room libraries are also available to entertain younger Savoy guests.

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon:
Where the world’s greatest writers tell new tales and reveal their own stories…
Damian Barr started his Literary Salon at Shoreditch House in 2008 kick-starting a revolution in live literature. The Salon is a unique mix of established and emerging writers and always includes at least one world premiere. It’s where David Nicholls launched One Day and Caitlin Moran unveiled her Moranifesto. Guests include Helen Fielding, Brett Easton Ellis, Sathnam Sanghera, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Diana Athill & Mary Beard. Home at The Savoy since 2016 Damian has hosted some extraordinary writers. Maggie O’Farrell electrified with the premiere of This Must Be The Place, Susan Calman had everyone crying with her as she revealed her memoirs and Yaa Gyasi gripped the room with Homegoing, her novel of slavery and survival. The Savoy hosted two salons in 2018 and featured world premieres from Patrick Gale, Sarah Perry and Graham Norton.