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Hotel Highlights

  • Prime positioning beside palaces, parks and Piccadilly
  • Dreamily comfortable Hypnos beds with sumptuous luxury linens
  • Outstanding modern art collection

Overview

In the parkside heart of London’s clubland (of the cognac-sipping, rather than dance variety), the red and white Victorian façade of St James’s Hotel & Club hides the grown-up glamour within. Newly revamped and restored, the decor captures that quintessential Mayfair elegance and then some, with Murano chandeliers, a priceless collection of portraiture and the most snooze-worthy beds you’ll ever sleep in.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking St James's Hotel & Club with us:

A bottle of house white wine

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at St James's Hotel & Club

Special weekend offer: 20% off with breakfast

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

60, including 10 Suites.

Check–out

Midday, but possibly later, if availability permits. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $484.78 (£300), 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).

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.

At the hotel

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.

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

The hotel has an impressive stash of 20th-century portraiture, including the 1920s–50s Rosenstein Collection, which adorns its public spaces and suites.

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.

Food & Drink

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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.

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.

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.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Modern Mayfair man, poised Piccadilly princess.

Top table

For privacy, secure the spot in the alcove by the window.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

St James's Hotel is an easy stroll from the leafy lakeside St James's Park (www.royalparks.org.uk), where the park's wildlife officers feed the pelicans every day at 2.30pm. The Serpentine Gallery (www.serpentinegallery.org), which hosts regular events and exhibitions of cutting-edge art and sculpture, is at the far end of the park. You're also very close to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, better known as the ICA (+44 (0)20 7930 0493; www.ica.org.uk), and, of course, Buckingham Palace.

Local restaurants

Mayfair’s and Piccadilly’s finest and most fabulous eateries are all within ambling distance of St James’s. The closest is Le Caprice (+44 (0)20 7629 2239), which is just around the corner and serves a beguiling menu that attracts royals, stars and diners of discernment. Saka No Hana (+44 (0)20 7925 8988) is the St James’s Street outpost of Alan Yau’s Japanese haute-cuisine empire and satisfies sashimi cravings with style. Any other oriental culinary whims can be met at Nobu (+44 (0)20 7447 4747) in the Metropolitan London and nearby Berkeley Square. 50-year-old London landmark Bentley's (+44 (0)20 7734 4756) is a five-minute walk away on Swallow Street, owned and helmed by Irish superchef Richard Corrigan, who does speactacular things with fish. From the other side of the culinary globe, Automat (+44 (0)20 7499 3033) on Dover Street provides American brasserie fare (burgers to boast about) and while lunch, dinner and afternoon tea at The Wolseley (+44 (0)20 7499 6996) are indisputably fabulous, it’s the incredible breakfast menu that’s really worth raving about.

Local bars

The 1707 Wine Bar (0845 602 5694) in Fortnum & Mason’s food hall lets you sample the wares on the neighbouring wine shelves for a £10 corkage fee. Louche and lively Aura (+44 (0)20 7499 9999) on St James' Street is a members' club, kitchen, and one of London's most cash-flashing club nights.

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St James's Hotel & Club

7–8 Park Place, St James's, London SW1A 1LS, United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is London City, nine miles away. From here, you can fly to Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Trains

The hotel is a few minutes away from Green Park Tube (on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Victoria station is less than 2 miles away.

Automobiles

Local parking costs £55 for 24 hours.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Ronda Carman , Finer-things finder

Bond Street, Park Lane, Mayfair. All of the coveted properties of the London Monopoly board line the path to our hotel. As a child, you just knew that you were a winner if these cards were in your hand, and as an adult it’s no different. With each passing street and landmark, we realise we’re in for something very special. As we approach a quiet cul-de-sac just off St James’s…
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St James's Hotel & Club

Anonymous review by Ronda Carman, Finer-things finder

Bond Street, Park Lane, Mayfair. All of the coveted properties of the London Monopoly board line the path to our hotel. As a child, you just knew that you were a winner if these cards were in your hand, and as an adult it’s no different. With each passing street and landmark, we realise we’re in for something very special.

As we approach a quiet cul-de-sac just off St James’s Street, we catch our first glimpse of the elegant St James’s Hotel & Club. The red façade of the imposing townhouse, against the backdrop of snow flurries, seems quite perfect for a Valentine’s weekend away.

As we step inside, friendly faces, warm glowing lights and silk-lined walls await our arrival. The receptionist shows us to our room, and forgoes the standard room tour (at our request), allowing us to explore the nifty gadgets and opulent surrounds ourselves. Later, though, we realise we should have had her identify the little knob in the bathroom that we never quite figured out.

Before heading back out into the horizontal pelting sleet and snow, I pour two glasses of cognac and Mr Smith slips the iPod in the Bose SoundDock. The melodic voice of Jason Mraz infiltrates the space and we survey our rooms. Yes, rooms – a living area, bedroom and a fabulously appointed bathroom.

Both the bedroom and sitting room are illuminated with Murano glass chandeliers and swathed in sensuous materials – velvet, silk, leather and cashmere. Carefully curated art pops against a soothing palette of taupe, cream and steely grey. Modern aristocracy with a wink and a nod to contemporary style best sums up the vibe.
 
Before I make my way into the next room, Mr Smith summons me with these words, ‘The bathroom was clearly designed with Mr & Mrs Smith in mind!’ He’s right of course, and for a moment I am enthralled by the massive tub, L’Occitane toiletries, heated towels, a built-in LCD television and fluffy robes. Not to mention the large glass rain-head shower with a granite bench. I love the Mr Steam unit that allows us to turn our shower into a personal steam room. A clever touch.

I refrain from filling the bath and diving in until after dinner. We grab two umbrellas and make our way towards Covent Garden for dinner. Mr Smith and I have a rule about dining and local cuisine, one should usually avoid ordering ‘non-indigenous’ meals. The corollary to the rule is don’t order blackened catfish outside of Louisiana. We know this lesson far too well from experience, and almost always end up disappointed.

However, ask any Texan expat what cuisine she misses most, and the answer is usually Mexican (purists will say Tex-Mex). So you can imagine our excitement when we heard about a fabulous Mexican restaurant in London. Clearly we have decided to throw all rules out the window for just a weekend. Plus, it is London. If you are going to find decent Mexican food in the UK, it’s going to be in London, isn’t it?

Apparently we are not the only ones to hear of Wahaca. A long queue of fashionable diners, also desperate to get in, lines the long staircase leading to the large, modern restaurant and bar. Being in no hurry, we make our way to the bar and order mint-infused mojitos concocted with tequila rather than traditional rum. One word: yum! The heart of the menu is hispanic street food of the type one would find from local vendors in Mexico City. We order slow-cooked pork corn tacos, Mexican noplaito (cactus) tostadas, smoked mackerel with black beans and chipotle mayonnaise and, of course, refried beans. The cards continue to stack in our favour. We leave full, happy and satisfied.

Tired from a wonderfully late night, I find it difficult to rouse myself from our blissful, palatial bed the following morning. The promise of a hot shower, a smoked salmon omelette and super-creamy brie make waking up more bearable. The St James’s Seven Park Place restaurant, headed by William Drabble, manages to combine the right mix of contemporary surroundings, ‘proper’ jazz (Miles, Chet, Ella) and sumptuous breakfast. Even Mr Smith’s porridge seems somehow decadent.
 
The London weather co-operates with us on our second day. Though it’s difficult to fight the temptation to spend the entire weekend in our room, Mr Smith and I decide to set out and take in some of London’s sights and offerings. Leaving the St James’s Hotel & Club, we are immediately met with St James’s Palace and, right around the corner, Buckingham Palace. Not bad neighbours to have for the weekend.

We decide to play tourist and wander the streets on a brisk but sunny day. In a leisurely fashion we take in everything from the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square. We stopped in to visit the Van Goghs, Cezannes and Monets at the National Gallery, and make a quick trip to Harrods Foodhall for pantry provisions.

Back in our room I reluctantly pack my luggage and opt for one more well-earned soak in the bath before setting off for home. A perfectly quixotic weekend.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in St James's Hotel & Club's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I was made to feel extremely welcome throughout our stay, both in the hotel and the restaurant. It's an excellent location, right in the heart of London, but tucked away in a quiet side street. I loved the decor and had a fabulous dinner.

Don’t expect

It was impossible not to flood the bathroom due to the shower screen being too small. I would book one of the Superior rooms next time we visit as the Classic Double was on the small side for two people.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were really friendly and helpful. There are nice rooms (we stayed in one of the Executive Rooms and it had an outside seating area) and a nice bar and restaurant. The hotel is very well positioned if you're looking for somewhere to stay in the middle of London and it's in easy walking distance of lots of the sights and restaurants.

Rating: 10/10 stars