Paloma Minter discovers 5-star in The Big Smoke
One of the swankiest addresses in the capital, the St. James postcode is not somewhere I usually visit.
However, after hearing it housed one of the city’s most romantic hotels, I headed there just as fast as my short, stumpy legs would carry me in search of the perfect place to spend a luxury weekend in London.
The St. James Hotel and Club is something of a celeb hotspot, having welcomed VIPs such as Meryl Streep, Sir Elton John, Liza Minelli, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand and Samuel L Jackson. Famous for its opulent buildings, it certainly does not disappoint.
Architecturally beautiful and more than 150 years old, it’s no surprise to learn that this was originally a private members’ club, attracting the great and the good, providing board and lodgings for gentleman working in the city while away from their country manors.
The club element remains but thankfully it’s been brought into the present day and now accepts ladies! The hotel is a veritable palace, with more marble and gold than you can shake a stick at.
It offers amazing views of Big Ben and the London Eye and easy access to Buckingham Palace, Green Park and the West End.
London’s five-star hotels can be imposing places but this gem manages to offer 60 good sized bedrooms while maintaining a truly intimate setting. The bedrooms are designed by the talented Anne Maria Jagdfeld and are both elegant and stylish. Chandeliers and jewelled doorknobs are very much the norm. Many of the room have separate living areas, making it a dream home from home.
For the ultimate surprise for your loved one, you can book your very own in-suite cocktail butler. One the hotel’s expert mixologists will arrive at your desired cocktail hour and mix your favourite drink to order. Whether it’s a Martini, Cosmopolitan, Whisky Sour or Manhattan or you simply want one invented for you, they’ll be only to pleased to comply.
Dine in style by booking a table in William’s Bar Bistro and enjoy a relaxing dinner prepared by the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef William Drabble. Take in the incredible artwork in the bar area and the exquisite surroundings while sipping your favourite tipple. And while you’re here be sure to drop by the Elemis day-spa – it’s just minutes away from the hotel and you can immerse yourself in treatments from around the world, including Bali, Tibet, Polynesia, Japan, Morocco and Thailand - all with a 15% discount for guests.
The Gourmet by William Drabble at the St James Park Hotel and Club package starts from £385 and includes an overnight stay, delicious breakfast, and a three-course dinner in the Michelin-starred Seven Park Place.
To book, visit: www.stjameshotelandclub.com