Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Savoy Hotel's Lucky Cat

The Savoy Hotel in London is legendary for its rich and famous clientele. The hotel's guest list of notable people stretches back to before WWII. The hotel will soon undergo renovation for the first time, and only a few things will remain untouched. One of the "unchangeables" is Kaspar, a black cat statue carved in the 1920s by artist Basil Lonides. Kaspar's duty is to fill in when parties number 13. He is positioned in a chair as guest number 14, where he is served just like everyone else. When he is not dining with patrons, the 3-foot-tall Kaspar rests in a display case opposite the gift shop.

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