Quintessential English charm in London
66 Rooms / 38 Suites
Tucked away on the quiet side street of Saint James’s Place just off Piccadilly, The Stafford London is rich with history and exudes some of the most quintessential English charm you’ll find in all of London. Rooms in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel are actually divided among three spaces: the Main House with its classic Victorian detailing; the Carriage House, a former stable that once housed the Queen’s thoroughbreds and is now decked in classic English country décor; and the Stafford Mews, which opened in 2007 and showcases contemporary furnishings. The hotel’s restaurant, The Lyttelton, pays homage to the residents who once owned the building housing the hotel, Lord and Lady Lyttelton, and serves traditional British cuisine in a homey setting designed to resemble a friend’s country estate with its ivory color palette and floral fabrics. The clubby American Bar hidden away in the back of the hotel is also a unique tchotchke-filled spot to enjoy a gin fizz or glass of champagne come sunset.
The design style of the lovely Stafford London ties together classic British design and Victorian flourishes, with Queen Anne furnishings in the lobby and a cleaner Edwardian design style in the guest rooms. The lobby draws from the hotel’s centuries-old history, with white plaster cornices, elaborately carved and coffered ceilings, gilt-framed artwork and tasseled draperies. Sketches of figures and paintings of classic British landmarks decorate the walls of the hotel; meanwhile, the 17th-century private courtyard is paved in cobblestone, providing a sense of place.
A light-colored lavender and gold color scheme is used throughout, along with Asian rugs and vases, overstuffed velvet sofas, wingback chairs, fringed throw pillows and other design touches that encourage guests to feel at home. Stone fireplaces and multi-tiered gilded candelabras add a sense of grandeur to the discreet luxury hotel, while rooms upstairs are cozy and comfortably furnished.
Speaking of which, the guest rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with a classic Edwardian style. The deluxe king room can easily accommodate two guests for a short or longer stay, with a work desk in the corner, a plush double-height king-size bed, a velvet-upholstered club hair with gilded wheeled feet and a side table with an impressive selection of magazines (InsideOut Luxury, Pomp and The Sunday Times Travel).
A flat-screen television with Internet keyboard is provided, along with a walk-in closet with dozens of hangers for both men’s and women’s clothing. The room we stayed in at the London hotel featured beige wall coverings and blue-and-white ceramic lamps with pleated fabric lampshades, along with watercolors of blue-and-white Ming-style pottery in gilt frames. Traditional wooden furnishings were used throughout, along with a thick tan carpet and heavy embroidered curtains with a blue-and-tan floral pattern.
One of our favorite parts of the room is the bathroom. They are very inviting, clad in gray-veined white marble with a glass-door shower and large soaking tub, complete with a yellow rubber duck. Top-floor rooms may also have a skylight shaft above the tub, adding some natural light to the inviting space.