Monday, 15 May 2017
Kaspar The Savoy Cat
The Savoy, when 13 sit down to dine, will place a 14th chair at the table occupied by Kaspar a black cat sculpted out of wood resplendent with a white napkin tied around his neck..
The Spectator reports that Winston Churchill became so fond of Kaspar that he had him at his table no matter how many guests were present. The cat briefly left the hotel during the second world war, courtesy of officers from the RAF’s 609 Squadron, who — having dined rather too liquidly — managed to smuggle him away. Kaspar lived for a while at their HQ in Lincolnshire, only returning to the Savoy after the intervention of an air commodore.
Parties of 13 can dine with the cat to this day, and he’s become something of a hotel mascot. Huge topiary versions of him stand outside the entrance, the River Restaurant has been renamed in his honour and even the Savoy’s cappuccinos are topped with his outline in chocolate.