4.5
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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 1444 Reviews
Hidden Gem in Perfect Location
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have stayed at The Stafford at least half a dozen times, including using it as home base for friends and family when my daughter got married in London last year. The rooms are beautiful, comfortable and spotless. The staff goes above and beyond to offer impeccable service. The American Bar is an inviting and cozy spot for drinks and casual fare. The Game Bird has wonderful fine dining, and the flower-filled back courtyard is a private oasis for relaxing. In short, i cannot rave enough about The Stafford.

Beautiful Hotel, Perfect Location, Excellent Staff!
Reviewed 7 days ago

Beautiful hotel at St. James Place. Staff is extremely accommodating, the rooms are pretty, comfortable beds, and very clean. Ned Holder in guest relations contacted us before our stay offering his assistant for anything we required for our stay and welcomed us in person when we arrived. Charlie, their doorman, is a gem! If you want suggestions for interesting things to do and see, Charlie is your man! He gave us the best recommendations along with directions and interesting points of interest along the way. The hotel has its own pub, "The American Bar" which is both historic and lovely; you'll find a beautiful and classic interior along with outdoor tables in their pretty courtyard. This hotel was perfect for our first trip to London!

Great Staff, Location, Restaurant & Bar!
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff at The Stafford is one of the best I have experienced. The guest manager Ned emailed us ahead of our trip and asked if we had any special needs, he greeted us as we arrived 4 hours early before check-in, and our room was ready after having a cup of coffee in the restaurant. The concierge was friendly providing maps, advice, and directions. Everyone was very friendly and made us feel welcome. The hotel is a block away from Picadilly and a short walk to Buckingham Palace and Trigalgar Square. The rooms were comfortable, but the AC controls were a bit slow to respond. The Gamebird restaurant was excellent and the American Bar is a neat bar to have right there in your own hotel. Overall, we had a great stay at The Stafford

Stafford is a home away from home!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Mum has been staying here for over 10 years and I have been lucky to be with her on most of these visits. Most recently I was there with my daughter. I love this place and I feel like I am staying at someone's home versus in a big luxury hotel. The breakfast is amazing. The lobster mac and cheese is amazing. Everyone is so friendly and go out of their way to help you. On another visit in January 2019 my daughter had food poisoning and the staff went out of their way to see what she needed and how we could help. I can't recommend this place enough.

Perfect Location and Exceptional Staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent two weeks in London in a Deluxe King Room in the main building of this hotel. We loved it! Everyone who works there from the doorman, to the porters, the front desk staff, the housekeeping staff, and those who work in the restaurant and bar are extremely friendly, professional, respectful, courteous, and helpful. They all made us feel at home and wanted to ensure that our every desire was satisfied. For this reason alone we would stay here again.

Charlie, a doorman at this hotel for more than 20 years, is especially helpful and acts as an ambassador for the hotel, helping guests to understand all that the hotel has to offer. He can assist with things to see, directions, almost anything that you want to know.

The location of this hotel is ideal. It is perfectly central to anything that you want to see or do, with many key tourist attractions within close walking distance. It is also less than a five minute walk to the nearest Tube station.

Our room was representative of 19th century living. The furnishings were a bit old and the room was decorated in colors of a Victorian-age English garden. I enjoyed it but my husband thought it was a bit dowdy. The bathroom was a decent size and everything was covered in marble. Great water pressure in the shower. Plenty of space in the room for clothing. Nespresso machine. Daily newspaper. Continually replaced bottled water. Adjustable heat. Hair dryer, and a converter in case you forgot your own.

The American Bar is a wonderful place to enjoy cocktails and a light meal. There is a charming outdoor courtyard if you are here on a good weather day. There is also The Game Bird restaurant which has a wonderful menu and the best scallops that we've ever tasted. The only issue that I had with the restaurant is that people walk right through it to get to the bar. That seemed odd for such a nice restaurant, but I think it is all that they could do considering the layout of the old buildings. Not a worry though, you will still enjoy the restaurant.

Definitely try this hotel. It is located on a quiet street in an upscale neighborhood instead of a loud and busy area. After a hectic day in busy London, you will appreciate this change of pace. They also provide a website to pick you type of bedding, pillows, and various other options to personalize your stay for your comfort. A truly wonderful hotel near many good restaurants and brasseries.