Tucked away in the heart of St James’s, The Stafford has history, hidden delights and personality, not least thanks to master sommelier Gino Nardella, head barman Benoit Provost and head concierge Frank Laino – all characters, all long serving. Its beautifully presented wine cellars are 380 years old and contain 8,000 bottles of the finest wines. It also has its own secret mews off St James’s, a wonderful spot for summertime meals and drinks on the cobbles. It is here you will find both the gorgeous Mews Suites and the new Carriage House suites designed by Alexandra Champalimaud. Eat at newly opened The Game Bird for stylish British comfort food and drink at the adorable American Bar. Encrusted with mementos donated by guests, it was a favourite of US servicemen during the war and remains a bastion of the Manhattan, the Sidecar and the Martini. And then there’s the tale of wartime heroine Nancy Wake… stay, and all will be revealed. Doubles from £394.
Name to Know: Master sommelier Gino, who has overseen The Stafford’s 380-year-old cellars wine cellars for over 40 years. Ask him for a private tour.
See: Visit Spencer House in St James’s Place on a Sunday. It’s London’s finest surviving 18th-century aristocratic palace.
Eat: At The Game Bird restaurant in the hotel. Recently opened with James Durrant at the helm, enjoy modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache.
Buy: A signature cocktail at The American Bar.
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