St James's Hotel & Club
- Style Rejuvenated gentleman’s club
- Setting Moments from Mayfair
The handsomely groomed red-and-white Victorian façade of the St James’s Hotel & Club only hints at the quintessential Mayfair elegance held within. Located on a cul de sac beside Green Park in the heart of Mayfair’s historic clubland (think gentlemen sipping brandy and discussing renovations on their country homes, rather than untsa-dance music), this icon has been fully restored to its former glory, offering all of the grown-up glamour you'd expect. Glamour like Murano chandeliers, hyper-comfortable beds, a museum-worthy portrait collection and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Need to know
- Rooms 60, including 10 Suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $460.78 (£280), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (£16 for Continental).
- Facilities In-room spa and beauty treatments, free WiFi throughout, valet parking (£59 a day). In rooms: flatscreen TV, VDA multimedia system with music and videos, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, Hypnos beds, Penhaligon's bath products.
- Check–out Midday, but possibly later, if availability permits. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Cots (£36 a night) and extra beds (£60 a night) can be added to rooms. There’s a kids’ menu, and babysitting can be arranged (minimum four hours) with three days' notice. The kids’ concierge can arrange attraction tickets, day trips and early high teas.
- Also The hotel has an impressive stash of 20th-century portraiture, including the 1920s–50s Rosenstein Collection, which adorns its public spaces and suites.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The huge sixth-floor Terrace Suite is the ultimate London crashpad: vast, with an open fireplace and a large roof terrace overlooking the rooftops of St James. Even more decadence-drippingly exclusive, the St James and Westminster Suites (which can combine to create the Penthouse) are accessed via their own private lift. More modest – but still featuring the same sumptuous silk wallpapers, polished stone bathrooms and hi-tech gadgetry – are the Executive Rooms – ask for one with a Jacuzzi or a balcony.
- Packing tips Don’t forget your iPod for the in-room docking station. Mr Smith should definitely bring an extra bag (or money to buy one) – the gentlemen’s tailoring options in Mayfair are unparalleled in London.
- Also Don’t miss the hotel’s cocktail hour, not just for the delicious concoctions on offer in the bar, but also for the ever-changing popcorn flavour of the day. Try to catch one of the hotel's cheese and wine or chocolate masterclasses. Sommelier Christophe Thuilot has extremely trustworthy tastebuds and his unconventional pairings (soft Tunworth cheese with cider) give a new twist to the classic cheese board.
Food and drink at St James's Hotel & Club
- Hotel restaurant St James’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Seven Park Place, spreads itself over a few small and simple rooms around the bar area, leant a fresh feel by the lemon-yellow banquettes and black and cream slipper chairs. In addition to the jus and foams of the dinner selection, there’s an all-day bar menu of more low-key gastro-pub dishes in William's Bar & Bistro.
- Dress code Modern Mayfair man, poised Piccadilly princess.
- Top table For privacy, secure the spot in the alcove by the window.
- Last orders Dinner is served until 10pm, lunch from midday to 2pm and breakfast from 7am to 10.30am.
- Room service A menu of salads, soups and pasta is available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar St James’s hotel bar is lined with contemporary artworks and silk- and cashmere-coated wall coverings; in a smart palette of gold, lemon and blue – a discreet champagne-supping spot for West London’s smart set.