A central Westminster district, St James’ southern perimeter is The Mall, with Green Park and Picadilly Circus just beyond its western and northern reaches and Mayfair on the other side of Picadilly. Many West End theatres lie within its boundaries. As such, a stay here places guests at the heart of the city’s cultural and historic quarters, close to the Bakerloo and Picadilly tube lines to explore further afield. At its centre is the Gerogian era square, a charming green space surrounded by impressive buildings. And the district backs onto St James’ Park, ensuring visitors have plenty of access to London’s great outdoors. Plus the area is home to some very famous hotels.
The Stafford Hotel
Stately five-star luxury in the heart of London is exactly what guests can expect when they visit this historic hotel. The hotel is conveniently located in the regal St James’s, Mayfair area and is just minutes from many of London’s iconic landmarks and must-see attractions. Accommodation is set across four distinct areas; within the main Victorian house, the Mews Suites, the Carriage House and the Gate House. Rooms are stylish with sumptuous furnishings – some with four-poster beds and the hotel’s suites are truly elegant boasting a range of unique and exclusive services for guests. The Game Bird, is the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, presents a modern British menu, presented with great flair and creativity. The ambiance is cool and sophisticated. The American Bar is for those in the know, serving a range of creative cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Its cosy corners are perfect for intimate meetings, the atmosphere encourages lively chats and the private courtyard is perfect for al fresco dining. The Wine Cellar is a fascinating space; built in the 17th Century and used as an air-raid shelter during WWII it is now home to a collection of over 8,000 of the world’s finest wines.
A hotel that needs no introduction, The Ritz has been a quintessentially British institution since its inception in 1906. The brainchild of César Ritz, it was designed to be (and still is) one of the most opulent, lavish establishments on earth. It’s played host to Hollywood stars and international royalty, as well as featuring in the film Notting Hill and the Downton Abbey TV series. It’s had a Michelin star since 2016 and serves an iconic afternoon tea accompanied by music from the hotel’s resident pianist and harpist. The Ritz provides butler service, kids’ packages and optional airport transfers in its Rolls-Royce Phantom.
This quintessentially British hotel is located in St James’s Place, Mayfair, close to Piccadilly Circus and Green Park. At Dukes, you are offered luxury and sophistication in a hospitable environment where the in-house team will do everything possible to make your stay perfect. Refinement and elegance matter here; it is all part of the magical concoction that creates Dukes’ unique ambience. Bedrooms and suites are beautifully appointed; there is even a dog-friendly room.
St James’s Hotel & Club
There is so much to entice the weary traveller at this luxury 5-star boutique hotel with a private members club, nestled in the heart of St James’s. The hotel oozes Victorian charm blended with contemporary style. The eye for detail, visible in every piece of high-end furniture, upholstery and general décor is a thing to behold. In addition to the usual accommodation options, St James’s offers terrace suites and a Penthouse with its own private lift. There is a range of food options which include, Michelin-starred 7 Park Place under the watchful eye of William Drabble. There is also a Bar and Bistro.