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What We Love

  • Location on a quiet mews street in Mayfair
  • The Daniel Thwaites Bitter on tap in the historic American Bar
  • There is a working 380-year-old wine cellar
  • International electrical sockets in all rooms
  • A large cobbled terrace area, great for alfresco drinks in the evening
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • There’s only a small fitness room in the Mews building
  • The Lyttelton restaurant serves as a walk-through room from the lobby to the bar, so lacks an intimate atmosphere
  • Some of the original buildings’ charm has been lost as a result of numerous modernizations and refurbishments over the years
  • Pets are not permitted
  • The Lyttelton Restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Circa 1912 Edwardian hotel in central Mayfair with English period furnishings and a storied bar

The Lowdown

The Stafford London is one of London’s well-hidden addresses. Like the Old English Gentleman’s Club it once was, you have to be in the know to find it. Down one of Mayfair’s quietest mews streets, it even has a secret passage that leads directly to Green Park—great for an early morning run. It is also home to one of London’s most historic bars (filled with over 3,000 pieces of quirky memorabilia) and a restaurant that serves excellent seafood. But where the Stafford really excels is its 67 individually designed—and supremely quiet—guest rooms, with heavy patterns, textured headboards, and framed black-and-white photographs. Don’t miss a candlelit tour of the hotel’s expansive wine cellars with master sommelier Gino.

In the Area

The Stafford is centrally located, just steps from Spencer House and St. James Palace. The hotel’s concierge leads the “Secret’s of St. James’s Tour” which gives a glimpse of the area’s history through its local barbers, hat-makers, and tailors. The iconic Fortnum & Mason food hall is just a few blocks away—stop by the ice cream parlor for sweet-tooth delicacies like macaroon ice cream sandwiches or a strawberry-and-vanilla sundae. Another neighborhood must: the Imperial War Museum, where you’ll learn everything you never knew about British war history.

How to Get There

The Stafford London
16-18 St James's Place
London, SW1A 1NJ United Kingdom

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1370 Reviews
A perfect hotel to experience Central London
Reviewed 24 hours ago

The Stafford is a wonderful English hotel. We have stayed there numerous times and it never disappoints. The rooms are clean and well appointed. The staff is professional, kind and helpful, always improving upon our ideas for how to spend the day. The location is perfect for us as it is within walking distance of numerous parks, excellent restaurants and a number of museums. It is also pleasantly quiet for London, strategically located at the end of streets with limited access. We particularly enjoy ending the evening in the American Bar with its wonderful wait staff. One could stay at many comparably-rated hotels in London, but none are as friendly and comfortable as the Stafford.

Sensational Stafford
Reviewed 1 day ago

If only i could stay at this fantastic hotel more often...stunning rooms, very slick service and a great menu through out the day. The American bar is the perfect spot to have pre dinner cocktail and the Chicken Kiev is spectacular. Thank you to all at the Stafford for making my stay so comfortable and above all relaxing.

Excellent service, good property. Some room for improvement
Reviewed 1 day ago

Stayed before and the hotel is a great choice for those who want real service rather than lip service provided by the 5 star chain hotels. The location is excellent within walking distance of just about anything. It is also a happening yet peaceful environment away from the madness of Oxford Street. I like the atmosphere in the hotel and also that there are some real English staff (many other hotels don't have any!).
Restaurant was good, I must admit the food I thought was not as nice as 3 years ago.
Service is excellent.

We stayed in a deluxe king. Super spacious. You won't need such a big room unless you have a child and need an extra bed or an exceptional amount of luggage. T
Areas of opportunity for improvement:
he carpet was coming off the floor - like in the whole room. Really needs an upgrade urgently. The bed was a bit soft for us.
We ordered room service for three and it was delievered on trays but no table. It was almost impossible to eat it.
I noticed that they now charge a 12.5% service charge. Common in such establishments in London. I would love management to explain this. I have to say iy confused me a bit, I normally leave tips in the restaurants and a big tip for other staff at the end. Now I am not sure what to do.
I paid 450 pounds per night

The Stafford...still as charming and special as ever
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I spent 3 nights at The Stafford, returning after quite a few years away. It is better than ever! The service is superlative, warm and gracious. The American Bar is a favorite venue for drinks and a light meal and it's outdoor courtyard dining space is lovely. The decor is classic and chic at the same time, our bed was super comfortable, and the food is very good. It does feel like an oasis in the middle of a busy city...and it's in an excellent location, with the Green Park Underground station nearby. Loved having a Nespresso coffee maker in our room. Highly recommend this lovely hotel.

The Spectacular Stafford
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I enjoyed a five night holiday at the Stafford over Thanksgiving. We were very much impressed with the quality of service from every staff member we encountered. The hotel has a beautiful history with modern comforts and amenities. We dined at Game Bird for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed a partridge, leek and ham pithivier and a generous portion of soufflé for desert. We also spent time at the American Bar and value the conversations we had with the international staff.

The hotel is in an exceptional area for touring, being a short walk to Buckingham Palace and steps from the Green Park tube station. I highly recommend The Stafford.