A hidden delight in its own mews off St James’s Street, The Stafford offers elegant interiors, a fabulous American bar, exceptional wine cellar, characterful staff and excellent dining, near Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Mayfair. Popular with Americans, and non-Londoners on a weekend break.
A hidden delight, approached by its own mews leading off St James’s Street, while its front door is found tucked away in St James’s Place.
Address:St James’s Place, London, England, United Kingdom, SW1A 1NJ.
Style & character
The hotel is calm, comfortable and elegant. Its two best-known features are the 350-year-old Wine Cellars housing around 8,000 bottles alongside memorabilia from its time as a bomb shelter during the war, and the intimate American Bar, festooned with baseball caps, nick-nacks, signed celebrity photographs and other mementoes given by departing guests. One corner is devoted to Nancy Wake, a highly decorated and fearless SOE officer who moved into the hotel in her late eighties and held court, gin and tonic in hand.
Service & facilities
The current general manager, Christine Hodder, is characterful, as are long-serving key staff, including head concierge Frank Laino, head barman Ben Provost and Master Sommelier Gino Nardella.
There are 105 rooms and suites divided between the Main House; the Carriage House, the characterful beamed former stables overlooking the cobbled mews, where they are charmingly countrified in style; and the Mews Suites, more contemporary in style.
Food & drink
Carlos Martinez is the executive head chef and he is assisted by young Jozef Rogulski. They serve classic dishes with a Mediterranean twist in the relaxing, comfortable and quiet Lyttleton restaurant. Wines are courtesy of Master Sommelier Gino Nardella, whose knowledge is world class, descriptions are eloquent and the Wine Cellars are his pride and joy. Unexpected excellence in a small hotel.
The American Bar at The Stafford London is an institution in its own right where every available wall and surface is crammed with an intriguing collection of artefacts, knick-knacks and signed celebrity photographs donated by patrons and guests over the years. Overseen by head barman Benoit Provost, The American Bar is open daily from 8am until 11pm.
The Game Bird is a contemporary tale about relaxed, informal dining any time of the day. A place to eat, drink and socialise, the focus is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache, all wrapped in a seductive ambience that oozes cool sophistication.
Centre of attention are the traditional handcrafted trolleys that overflow with signature dishes that both surprise and delight and include meat & game, own smoked & cured, pies, puddings & stews and a mouth-watering Sunday Roast.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, but not very suitable.
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