Bath Hotel

The Bath Hotel was located at 155 Piccadilly[1] on the site of what is now The Ritz Hotel, London[2] and was adjacent to the Walsingham House.[3] The Ritz' financial backers began negotiations in 1901[4] and purchased the Bath in 1902 simultaneously with the acquisition of the Walsingham. One of the considerations that made the transaction appealing to the city was that they would be able to widen Piccadilly when the Walsingham and Bath Hotels were demolished.[5]

Bath Hotel
General information
Location155 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′26″N 0°08′30″W / 51.50722°N 0.14167°W / 51.50722; -0.14167Coordinates: 51°30′26″N 0°08′30″W / 51.50722°N 0.14167°W / 51.50722; -0.14167
Construction startedcirca 1789


Located on the corner of Arlington Street and Piccadilly[6] the hotel was in existence no later than the mid-1780s, since John Adams stayed there with his family when he served as the American Minister to Great Britain, starting in 1785.[7] In 1789, an ad for a lost dog offered a reward for anyone who returned the dog to the Bath Hotel.[8] The hotel was located on the site of the original building where the Old White Horse Cellar operated,[9] and offered luxury hotel suites to its clients.[6]

In 1895 the property was offered for sale, indicating that there were profitable rents to be obtained from leaseholds of the booking agent and the wine and spirit retailer on the premises.[10] It is mentioned in the classic novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

The building was demolished in 1904.[3]


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  2. ^ "History The Ritz London. A Rich History". The Ritz London. The Ritz London. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Macqueen-Pope, Walter James (1972). Goodbye Piccadilly (2 ed.). Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. 119. ISBN 0-7153-5544-9. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ "To the Editor of the Times". The Times. London, England. 20 September 1901. p. 2. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via  
  5. ^ "Carlton Hotel". The Times. London, England. 30 October 1902. p. 14. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via  
  6. ^ a b Feltham, John (1804). The Picture of London, for 1804. London: Richard Phillips. p. 349. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  7. ^ Carlson, Peter. "Encounter: John Adams' Bow to King George III". HistoryNet. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Lost". The Times. London, England. 19 December 1789. p. 1. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via  
  9. ^ Harper, Charles G. (1906). The Old Inns of Old England, Volume I (of 2) A Picturesque Account of the Ancient and Storied Hostelries of Our Own Country. London: Chapman & Hall Limited. pp. 253–254. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Important Announcement". The Times. London, England. 9 October 1895. p. 1. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via