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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.