Sofitel London St James

A British address with French flair

Originally built as a bank in the Roaring ’20s, Sofitel London St James stands tall in one of the British capital’s most prestigious addresses. Within the hotel’s grand neoclassical exterior, you’ll find a far more playful side of luxury that retains the Sofitel brand’s French roots.

The luxury hotel underwent somewhat of a renaissance in 2019 with a more than $20 million renovation. Pierre Yves-Rochon has updated his original interiors with ’60s and ’70s design elements, striking colors (his childhood favorites) and pop art accents.

Meanwhile, on the ground floor, locally renowned chef Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey has moved in. After 12 successful years in Mayfair that saw the French-influenced eatery garner a cult-like following, its rebirth here seems a natural fit for both brands.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The bathrooms were the only aspect of each room that remained unchanged by Sofitel London St James’ recent renovations. Elegant tubs, vintage brass fixtures, classic monochrome checkered floors and Hermès products required no improvement.
  • Pall Mall street was once the epicenter of city's fine art scene, and the London hotel pays homage to its cultured location with its choice of décor. Look out for a contemporary piece by Scottish artist Elliot Killick portraying a colorful William Murdoch (the engineer who invented gas lighting) — it’s just the spot for the painting to live, as Pall Mall was the first recorded public street to be lit by gas in 1807.
  • The marriage of French and British culture is ever-present at Wild Honey. Helmed by chef Anthony Demetre, the kitchen churns out French staples like bouillabaisse alongside British classics, such as custard tarts and ice cream made with locally sourced honey from the Cotswolds region. The restaurant is resplendent in plush velvet and marble-topped tables and offers amazing views of St James, especially at night.
  • You can’t visit London without having afternoon tea. Sofitel’s kitsch Rose Lounge serves a traditional spread (alongside a French-inspired version) accompanied by a live harpist each afternoon.
  • The city is best explored on foot, and after a long day of walking you’ll want to pamper yourself at the luxury hotel’s SoSpa. The Supreme Pedicure by cult nail specialist Margaret Dabbs is internationally renowned and a must-try.

Things to Know

  • If you’re struggling with jet lag, check out the AlphaSphere by Sha chair. It’s complimentary for all guests and just 20 minutes of use equates to eight hours of sleep.
  • The hotel’s St James Bar is particularly lively between 3 and 4 p.m. The service is on point, and its menu boasts more than 100 types of single malt.
  • Make the most of Sofitel London St James’ crafted sleep experience and select your preferred bedding and pillows from a menu to ensure a deep night’s rest.

The Rooms

  • Pierre Yves-Rochon transformed bank manager’s offices into cozy hideaways. Heritage with a hint of whimsy by way of tartan carpets in bold hues of electric blue and fuchsia pink feel uplifting.
  • Inspired by the rebellious culture of the 1960s, rooms feature playful ornaments, bold geometric print wallpaper, design books and Smeg kettles that add a homey touch. If you’re lucky, you may even score a room with Pierre Paulin’s iconic Mushroom Chair, the creation that propelled him to design stardom.
  • For incredible views of Waterloo Place, Pall Mall and a steady stream of red buses zipping past, opt for a bright and spacious Prestige or Junior Suite.

Nearby Attractions

  • Situated adjacent to the hotel, the Institute of Contemporary Arts plays an integral part in London’s cultural scene. Watch an art house film, browse the small but cleverly curated bookstore, discover work from emerging artists or attend a live event at this under-the-radar attraction.
  • From heritage hat makers Lock & Co to made-to-measure shoes at John Lobb, St James Street has long been the destination for gentlemen’s shopping.
  • Swap the gym for some fresh air and foliage in St James’s Park. The concierge desk has running maps on hand so you can plan a route.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
6 Waterloo Place London, SW1Y 4AN GB
NeighborhoodSt James
LHR (26-45 min)   LCY (24-45 min)   LGW (55 min-1 h 40 min)