St. James's Hotel and Club Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Westminster, London, England

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Pros

  • Elegant, sophisticated interior design with bespoke furnishings
  • Victorian townhouse in a central and prestigious Mayfair location
  • Original eclectic art collection including 20th century Cubist works
  • Michelin-star restaurant directed by executive chef William Drabble
  • Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Excellent location for West End shopping and Mayfair art galleries
  • Aura of exclusivity remains from days as private Gentlemen's Club
  • Striking exterior tucked into a peaceful cul-de-sac

Cons

  • No tea or coffee in rooms
  • Basic, superior rooms are on the small side for a 5-star hotel
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

Before St. James's was a luxurious boutique hotel, it had a distinguished past as an exclusive Gentlemen's Club. Previously owned by Sirs Michael Caine and Sean Connery -- and frequented by Winston Churchill and Gregory Peck -- this striking building on a quiet cul-de-sac in prestigious Mayfair now houses lavish accommodations. A recent multi-million renovation brought in bespoke furnishings, and rooms offer high-tech perks such as free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. An outstanding feature here is the Michelin-star restaurant directed by executive chef William Drabble. The hotel is also filled with notable Cubist paintings and offers close proximity to shopping and galleries.

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 Scene

Sophisticated and contemporary restaurant with elegant lounge areas

The St. James's Hotel and Club follows in the footsteps of its own distinguished past. The lobby and lounge create an exclusive atmosphere with plush velvet chairs and silk-paneled walls. There are also striking contemporary elements, such as black lacquered furniture set against gold and cappuccino-toned accents. The in-house art collection is the finishing touch to the scene at the St. James's, including works from the Cubist masters as well as pieces of different ethnic origins. The varied art collection is lively and interesting, from Mongolian war helmets in the lounge to frisky 1930s caricatures decorating the bar.

 Location

In a peaceful cul-de-sac off prestigious St. James’s Street

Mayfair is an exclusive neighborhood with prestigious surroundings, pricey restaurants, and famous Selfridge's. The St. James's Hotel and Club is located on a quiet cul-de-sac off St. James's street, and is only a 5-minute walk from the Greek Park tube station. Other popular London attractions are nearby, including the West End shopping district, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square.

  • 2-minute walk to Green Park, one of the Queen’s royal parks
  • 10-minute walk to West End shopping districts
  • 10-minute walk to Piccadilly circus and Piccadilly theatres
  • 12-minute walk to Buckingham Palace
  • 12-minute walk to London ICA
  • 15-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 15-minute walk to Trafalgar Square
  • 10-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge shopping district
  • 12-minute tube ride to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
  • 15-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
  • 15-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
  • 18-minute tube ride to Soho

 Rooms

Elegant, contemporary rooms with bespoke furnishings and pops of color

Elegant rooms are a stand-out feature at the St. James's Hotel and Club, offering incredible attention to detail. Tasteful design elements include sleek, black lacquered furniture, handmade silk wallpaper, Murano glass chandeliers, and chrome bathroom fittings. Add in bespoke furnishings and fresh flowers and the result is incredibly inviting, luxurious rooms.

There are several different room types, but all have certain amenities in common including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Penhaligon's toiletries.

  • A total of 6 different suite types, with separate living and sleeping areas
  • Junior and Deluxe suites are the basic suite category with more space than regular rooms
  • The Terrace Suite has a generous amount of space and includes a beautiful private terrace, bathroom Jacuzzi, and bathside TV
  • The Westminster Suite offers a large private rooftop terrace with panoramic views overlooking central London
  • The Penthouse is a 2 bedroom suite with 2 sitting rooms and a spacious rooftop terrace

 Features

Michelin-star dining and a striking in-house art collection

Beyond the elegant rooms, the St. James's Hotel and Club has additional appealing features. The art collection here showcases a range of styles, from colorful Cubist paintings to caricatures from the 1930s. More impressive is the Michelin-rated dining room headed by executive chef William Drabble. There are also several plush lounges, evoking the days of a historic Gentlemen's Club.

  • Diverse, carefully curated art collection
  • Michelin-rated dining room serving modern French cuisine
  • Cocktail butler available
  • Special kids' concierge service for families
  • Spa package at the nearby Elemis day spa
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 Food

Modern French cuisine in a Michelin-rated dining room

All dining services at the St. James's Hotel are directed by Michelin star executive chef William Drabble. The Seven Park Place restaurant focuses on modern French cuisine utilizing seasonal British ingredients. The more informal William's Bar and Bistro also serves dishes created by the executive chef.

  • Daily afternoon tea offered in the lounge and bistro
  • Executive chef also curates the room service and in-house private dining menus.

 Bottom Line

Before St. James's was a luxurious boutique hotel, it had a distinguished past as an exclusive Gentlemen's Club. Previously owned by Sirs Michael Caine and Sean Connery -- and frequented by Winston Churchill and Gregory Peck -- this striking building on a quiet cul-de-sac in prestigious Mayfair now houses lavish accommodations. A recent multi-million renovation brought in bespoke furnishings, and rooms offer high-tech perks such as free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. An outstanding feature here is the Michelin-star restaurant directed by executive chef William Drabble. The hotel is also filled with notable Cubist paintings and offers close proximity to shopping and galleries.

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Address

  • 7-8 Park Place

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Executive Room
  • Junior Suite
  • St. James Suite
  • Superior Room
  • Terrace Suite
  • The Penthouse
  • The Westminster Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 60
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Westminster, London
Address: 7-8 Park Place
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