The Stafford London by Kempinski
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.
Steps from the action (you're moments from Mayfair and steps from Piccadilly) yet pin-drop quiet, The Stafford London by Kempinski is one of London's hidden jewels. Steeped in history, this quintessentially English deluxe hotel is now preening from a recent refurbishment.
Made from a trio of Victorian townhouses, this utterly civilised haven sits in a quiet cul-de-sac. Stafford regulars have included statesmen and royalty, and pictures of past celebrity guests adorn the walls of the hotel's famous American bar. Plump sofas and a fireplace add to the drawing room's welcoming feel.
Bedrooms in the main house (one-time home of Lord and Lady Lyttelton) ooze traditional Victorian elegance. Those in the Carriage House – a former royal stables – have a cosier country charm while those in the Stafford Mews are all contemporary luxe. If it's to be nothing but the best, the Guv'nors suite (for those with the deepest pockets) boasts a minstrel's gallery, two bathrooms and a private dining area.
Impeccable service is one of The Stafford's plus points. Head concierge Frank Laino has been rated the world's best in a travel magazine poll, and the hotel consistently wins plaudits for its hospitable and nothing's-too-much-trouble team.
Tuck into the Best of British cooking at the hotel's Lyttelton restaurant, where head chef Brendan Fyldes brings a rustic slant to traditional city favourites such as Welsh lamb and Dover sole.
You can walk to pretty well anywhere in the West End from here – whether it's shopping on Oxford Street, antique-trawling in Mayfair, dining in Soho or theatre-going around Leicester Square. All of which helps make The Stafford a perfectly placed London treat.
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The Stafford London by Kempinski was reviewed by Room for Romance