What We Love
- Located in London's refined St. James, surrounded by royal parks and palaces
- Two fantastic bars on-site: the robustly masculine Dukes Bar and the more feminine PJ Lounge, a champagne bar
- Michelin-starred chef Nigel Mendham’s twist on classic dishes, like brill and beef rib as surf ’n’ turf
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What To Know
- A three-night minimum applies to all Classic Room bookings Monday through Thursday
- Parents with very young children may struggle to keep them entertained here
- Dukes has contemporary amenities, but the vibe is traditional
- Guests get priority in the martini bar, but you still need to book a table in advance
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dating from 1908, Dukes Hotel retains a quintessentially British air. As peaceful as nearby Piccadilly Circus is frenetic, this is a hotel with relaxation on the brain, from its dark, candlelit reception area to its stress- or jet lag–busting massages. Dukes makes subtle nods to its discerning neighborhood, St. James, which is packed full of aristocratic gentlemen’s clubs. Room keys are brass fobs, and there’s a shoeshine service and a Cognac and Cigar Garden on-site.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms come with handsome writing desks and large dark wood wardrobes that are straight out of the Chronicles of Narnia. Pretty white cornices and floral wall prints add a homey touch to a design that feels otherwise quite formal. There are contemporary touches, too, such as the starkly modern reading lights and bedside lamps, and the organic Ren toiletries in the bathrooms, which provide ample distraction from the health spa downstairs.
Thirty Six, the on-site restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Nigel Mendham, is surprisingly affordable, with two courses for less than $80 and a reasonably priced wine list. The sommelier even doubles as a cheese expert. That said, Dukes may be best known for its Bond connection: It was after a few evenings in the hotel’s legendary martini bar that Ian Fleming chose the drink as James Bond’s signature tipple and coined the phrase “shaken, not stirred”. It’s not to be missed. There’s a drawing room and conservatory for afternoon tea, the PJ lounge for champagne, and for after dinner drinks (or a cigar) there’s the Cognac and Cigar Garden, which opens at 8 p.m. For further relaxation check out the on-site health club, with its personal training sessions and lengthy treatment list.
How to Get There
Absolutely love Dukes Hotel. From the moment of arrival to your departure, the staff could not be more kind and caring. Great location, superb food, without doubt, the best Martini. Wouldn’t go any where else in London
Stepping away from the hustle & bustle of Piccadilly and into Dukes Hotel brings sudden warmth and comfort after a long day of shopping, business meetings, touring or museum exploring. Then sliding into a comfy velvet chair at Dukes Hotel Bar and being pampered by the great Alessandro Palazzi and his famous martinis (iconic Old Fashioned, too!) is the best topping of any day. Dukes Hotel rooms are cushy and inviting, with luxury linens, soaps, speedy wifi and perfect flat-screen televisions. Dukes Hotel has become my favourite hotel in London, having visited regularly since 1980 ... even better than my very comfortable flat when I lived in London several years ago. It is my second home, with London at your doorstep!
We had our civil marriage dinner celebration at the Dukes hotel privet dinning room. It was absolutely amazing.
The room looked very stylish and nice. The staff on the day were so professional and very nice. The food was really good. Overall i would highly recommend for privet events!