Genteel gem hidden beside London's Green Park
Set beside a cobbled mews in historic St James's, The Stafford London is a luxury townhouse just minutes from the bright lights and buzz of the West End.
- A haven of calm that's minutes from the West End action.
- Great British cooking and afternoon teas.
- Concierge Frank Laino – reputedly the world's best.
- Top-notch service.
Hit the Spot
In the heart of St James's, just off Piccadilly.
There's a luxurious lounge, an American Bar perfect for cocktails, a workout studio and complimentary access to one of London's smartest health clubs.
Good to know
Traditionalists who value high-end, personalised service will adore The Stafford.
ParkingValet parking available. There is secure parking five minutes away at GBP 65 per day.
AirportLondon Heathrow – 45 minutes; London Gatwick – 75 minutes; London City Airport 45 minutes.
TrainMainline: London Victoria station – 1 mile. Underground: Green Park – 2 minutes (Piccadilly and Victoria lines).
Location16 - 18 St James's Place, City of London, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
105 Rooms, 38 Suites
Expect oodles of comfort and quintessentially English decor. Rooms in the main house (once the residence of Lord and Lady Lyttelton) retain their 19th century grandeur, while Carriage House rooms have a cosier, home-from-home feel. Deluxe King rooms have a sitting area while Master suites are even more spacious. All come with a Bose CD player/radio, a flatscreen TV, international power sockets, bespoke toiletries, robes and slippers, bottled water and wi-fi. The split-level Guv'nors Suite has it all – including two bathrooms and a minstrel's gallery.
We loved the Carriage House mews suites – once used to house the nobility's thoroughbreds, and still featuring split stable doors and original 17th century beams. They open onto a cobbled courtyard – flower filled in summer – and have a real English country house feel. For traditional grandeur, try a Junior or Master suites in the main house.
Eat & Drink
Expect the best of British at The Stafford's Lyttelton restaurant. Signature dishes include west coast Scottish scallops, baked hake with sprout tops, bacon and chestnuts, and grilled Welsh black sirloin. Flavoursome starters include crab cakes with avocado, chilli and coriander or crispy courgette flowers with goat cheese curd, while more-ish desserts include sherry trifle and English summer berry tart.
Lined with celebrity photos and memorabilia, The Stafford's famous American Bar is the perfect place to start your West End nights with cocktails or fizz. The hotel is also a great place for afternoon tea – expect cucumber sandwiches, dainty pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam.
Breakfast is served until 10.30am. Order a traditional full English or try one of the house specialities such as Eggs Benedict or waffles with maple syrup.
Available 24 hours.
See & Do
You're perfectly placed here to check out some of London's prime sights: changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, blockbuster art shows at the Royal Academy of Arts and National Gallery or Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament.
London's finest parks are also on your doorstep – hire a deckchair in adjacent Green Park, feed the ducks in St James's Park or take a rowing boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Some of the top West End theatres are just a short walk away, while Mayfair's smart galleries and designer stores are reached in minutes.
Stay fit at the hotel's workout studio, fitted with the latest Cybex multi-gym equipment, or head off to The Third Space (ten minutes away), where guests have complimentary access to an indoor swimming pool, workout classes and treatment rooms.