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
- 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
Last night I was in Dukes hosting a private dinner for 12 and if you're looking for a great venue in terms of organization, food, surroundings and a professional warm and friendly team to look after you.
I do quite alot of this and it's quite unusual for everything to come together perfectly as it did and in large measure this was due to Dukes taking over the organization and making it all work.
Food and wine were also superb
The Dukes Hotel "Like Home". Cosy Luxuous Hotel very well located in Mayfair in a quiet place.
We (3 people) had the chance to be upgraded on a Suite ;).
The staff is very helpful, professional and so nice.We had the opportunity to try the "Dyson experience" for our hairs. The manicure at the Health Beauty was perfect and we shared some drinks at the Dukes Bar with some friends living in London...Amazing time thanks to Alessandro Palazzi and his team.
The breakfast à la carte is delicious and the pain chocolat is the best in town even better than some places in France (I am french...!)
The Dukes Hotel is the place where each detail makes the difference and it's true !
Perfect boutique hotel in the heart of London Mayfair - deep in tradition; keeping up with the future. Attentive staff taking care of every need and the go-to place for a fun cocktail evening in an elegant, energetic surrounding
The event team helped us to organise a wonderful pique-nique in Green Park for a very special occasion.
It was such a nice experience with impeccable service, thanks again to the whole event team of the hotel for making this time so special.
Another nice place to enjoy an afternoon tea. Beautiful building with so much history. The food was very good and more was offered. Service was slightly over the top with the staff practically including themselves with our party by standing at the entrance of the room. 7 ladies with 70 years of life experiences and knowing each other for nearly just as long have plenty of funny stories to talk about which made it a bit daunting. Whispering doesn’t work when a couple of the ladies were having hearing problems.
Jokes aside it was a very good experience and would recommend this hotel but don’t expect privacy.