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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 1407 Reviews
Another amazing stay
Reviewed 7 hours ago

Another stay at The Stafford, another perfect stay. The American Bar has been refurbished but the atmosphere is still there, even Benoît, the Bar Manager, is still around! The Game Bird is busy in the evening, serving some excellent dishes, I would recommend the Duck Wellington! I had a chance to have a lovely upgrade, big thank you to the entire team and the boss for the feeling at « Home » sensation!

Stafford like amazing ...
Reviewed 9 hours ago

Stafford London, the perfect translation of English style.
Ideal and Francy place for a special stay in St. James.
Elegant, comfortable in Classic English style, where a family air breathes, thanks to all the hotel staff ready to provide an excellent service.
Stafford offers the possibility of dipping in a second in the blasphemers of shopping or Green Park green.
Buckingham Palace is two steps away.
Enchanting with all the comforts, perfect style with the rest of the hotel.
Great breakfast at the game bird, served by a small army ready to satisfy your need and make you comfortable.
The American bar, immersed in an atmosphere that was obvious, with style and tranquility, with a look you can find in the States, caps, helmets, and many other objects hanging and at the same time in the Old England, wisdom and style balance.
I had the pleasure of meeting Salvatore, the Bartender that advised a "quality choice among the many cocktails of the chart, very friendly guy.
Amazing the Dehors, diving in the hotel yard, between the classic carriage house and modern apartment.
Thanks to all the Stafford Hotel staff... A place to go back soon.

A Real Gem
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed at the Stafford for 2 nights in the main house. This was our second visit having stayed before Christmas on my nephew's recommendation. It is an oasis of calm in the capital. The ethos is that, while resident, this is your home. The staff are friendly and helpful, always greeting you with a smile, attentive yet not overly familiar. This starts at the front door with Charlie and his colleagues who cannot be more helpful. He sets the tone for the rest of the team.
The decor is comfortable country house that is immaculately maintained and decorated and the bedrooms are spacious with top quality bed linen, marble bathroom and every facility that you would expect from a hotel of this standing.
Breakfast is taken in the Gamebird Restaurant and cannot be faulted. The best quality ingredients cooked to order and again run like clockwork by Susie and her team of waiters. The only hotel breakfast that has met this standard in my experience was at The Lygon Arms in Broadway, when it was part of the Savoy Group. We also dined at the Gamebird on our first night. The food was sublime and the whole experience memorable. Lobster and Crayfish Cocktail, Duck Breast Wellington sliced at the table and served with Confit of Duck. We would normally have stopped there but could not resist the puddings. I had a slice of Rhubarb and Custard Tart with Ginger Ice Cream and my wife chose the Blood Orange Baked Alaska which was flambeed with Cointreau at the table. While the waiting team were friendly, efficient and surprisingly unobtrusive they provided theatre with with their skilful service serving the Wellington and the flambeed Alaska which impressed us and our fellow diners.
Congratulations to Stuart and his Team who prove, on a daily basis, that excellent standards of hospitality can be delivered without either being stuffy or standing on ceremony. The first excuse we can find for us to go to London and you will see us again.

Fantastic stay!
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stayed for 4 nights in one of the carriage house rooms which face towards the courtyard, you can tell the rooms have just been renovated and have a lovely country feel to them.
The breakfast in the Game bird was really enjoyable and the service was brilliant.
We even enjoyed a quick drink in the American bar before heading to bed and the cocktails were on point.

I'll definitely stay at The Stafford again in the future.

Nic e Hotel in London
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed staying at The Stafford. Very cosy room, and great facilities. Te fitness centre has good equipment and enough space.
American Bar provided a great sandwich for a lunchtime.
Breakfast was leisurely and lots of choice.
Would certainly stay here again