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Hotel Review: The Stafford London, St James’s Place, Mayfair

The Stafford, located on the historic St James’s Place in the heart of London, is fronted by an impressive mansion.

by Valery Collins

The Stafford, located on the historic St James’s Place in the heart of the capital, is fronted by an impressive mansion, its Main House, with a formal entrance but a friendly welcome awaits its guests behind the old-fashioned wooden front door flanked by the flags of the United Kingdom and America.

London has so much to offer it can be overwhelming but the excellent location of The Stafford and the services of a knowledgeable Concierge will enhance a stay here.

The Bedroom of a Suite at The Stafford in London


The Stafford has 107 unique individually designed bedrooms and suites all with their own individual colour scheme and bespoke furniture and some offering magnificent four-poster beds. But the aim throughout is that guests should feel at home, an aim that is achieved through the provision of all necessities and some unexpected treats.

Sitting Room in a Suite at The Stafford in London

Accommodation in the Main House comprises Classic Queen Rooms the slightly larger Classic King Rooms and elegant suites.

The Courtyard of The Stafford in London

Behind the hotel’s grand façade is a cosy cobbled courtyard that buzzes with activity from early morning to late evening as it is a favourite eating and drinking venue with Londoners and hotel guests alike. Rooms and suites in the Mews (the old stables), the historic Carriage House and the Gatehouse overlook this oasis of happiness in the busy streets that surround it.


The hotel has a Technogym® located in The Mews and open to all hotel residents. This gym has two treadmills, a cross-trainer, a rowing machine and a Wattbike®Pro, the most technologically advanced indoor bike as well as a variety of other equipment. Personal training sessions are also available and can be booked through the Concierge.

Food and drink

The Game Bird restaurant features traditional British cuisine and, as its name suggests seasonal game dishes. The name is also a reference to one of its most famous guests, Nancy Wake, who lived here for several years following a very successful career as a spy in World War II.

A beautiful portrait of this extraordinary personality looks down on diners who, if they look closely, will see a white mouse in her hair – a reference to her nickname. Included in the excellent menu is a dish that became very popular in Britain, Chicken Kiev, although many housewives found retaining the butter inside the chicken was extremely difficult.

Dressed Crab Starter in the GameBird
Chicken Kiev a Traditional Dish in the Game Bird

Chefs at The Stafford have resolved the problem and guests who chose this dish are offered an apron as protection against the flood of butter that flows out from the first cut. An amusing bit of theatre.

The hotel’s renowned sommelier Gino Nardella or his colleague Luca are on hand to advise guests regarding the choice of wine to accompany each course. And, as the hotel’s wine cellar is stocked with wines carefully chosen from vineyards around the world guests are sure to find one to suit their palette. Keep an open mind as they encourage each guest to “reach for the better glass”

For relaxed dining breakfast, lunch, dinner and light bites are available in the  American Bar which is known as one of the most unique cocktail bars in London. The walls and ceilings of this bar are decorated with gifts and pictures from guests. T

his tradition started over forty years ago when an American guest presented the then manager with a small wooden carving of an American eagle. This was soon followed by a small model of an Eskimo from a Canadian guest and then a model kangaroo from an Australian and the collections have been growing since then.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Yes, free of charge throughout the hotel.

How Much

Prices start from £340 for a night in a Queen Classic Room up to £5,485 in the sumptuous two-bedroom suite in the Gatehouse with its own private entrance. But guests can tailor their stay to their individual requirements by taking advantage of the many offers on the hotel website.

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What’s nearby?

Soak up the atmosphere of this world-famous city by exploring the back streets where Londoners enjoy eating and shopping. A favourite restaurant in this area is a part of the Stafford Collection and run by its culinary director, Ben Tish. Norma, in Fitzrovia, features a Sicilian cuisine with Moorish influences and offers freshly cooked dishes of the day as well as a choice of amazing desserts.

The Stafford is very close to Green Park and not far from two other famous London Parks, St James’s Park which features a large lake teeming with waterfowl and Hyde Park that surrounds the famous Serpentine. Each park offers very pleasant walks in particular a walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace at the far end. Other famous places within strolling distance include Spencer House, the Royal Academy, the theatres of the West End and the renowned shopping districts of Bond Street, Regent Street, Knightsbridge and Sloane Street. London is your oyster from The Stafford.

Getting There

The Stafford is a few minutes’ walk from the Green Park underground station and on the route of several of the famous red double-decker buses that trundle up and down Piccadilly – St James’s Place has a junction with this famous London street. Victoria mainline station and bus station are a short distance from Green Park underground station on the Victoria Line.




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