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The storied Dukes stands out from other hotels in London by its classic Edwardian style, luxurious amenities and discreet location. The hotel is situated on its own courtyard at the end of a private paved line (just wide enough for one black cab) off of St. James Square. Crowded the neighborhood is not — you’ll find a few boutiques, posh Mayfair and a tunnel shortcut to Green Park around the hotel. The property has a quiet, elegant atmosphere — an updated lobby is furnished with wingback armchairs in contemporary fabrics and a wooden reception has a traditional key rack, flanked by carved Corinthian columns. A staircase with polished wooden railings and a wrought iron balustrade winds upward to the top (fifth) floor of the hotel. Gilt-framed paintings and sketches decorate the narrow corridors, while tufted sofas fill the Champagne lounge and drawing room, where afternoon tea is taken. Guests and non-guests alike flock to the Dukes Bar nightly for its famous martinis — they’re prepared tableside by bartenders in white tuxedo jackets and are shaken, never stirred, as an homage to James Bond novel series author, Ian Fleming, an old haunt of the bar. Guest rooms run on the smaller side, but are nicely appointed with wooden writing desks, windows that open all the way, comfy seating areas, flat-screen televisions and marble-clad bathrooms stocked with REN toiletries.