Timeless Elegance: St. James’s Hotel & Club Mayfair – Review

By Zoey Phoon

1 year ago

It's quiet luxury at its best...

Uncover the enchanting allure and peaceful ambience of St. James’s Hotel & Club, an esteemed five-star sanctuary nestled in a tranquil cul-de-sac mere moments from the vibrant districts of Mayfair and Piccadilly. Originally a revered haven for the English aristocracy, this opulent Victorian townhouse proudly showcases its illustrious heritage through a captivating red and white façade. Zoey Phoon checks in to this distinguished member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where timeless elegance seamlessly harmonises with modern accents, creating an idyllic haven for relaxation amid the energetic pulse of London.

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Review: St. James’s Hotel & Club


With a compelling history tracing back to 1857, St. James’s Hotel and Club stands out among the few distinguished institutions that boast memberships including renowned figures such as Winston Churchill, Henry James, and Ian Fleming. For over 160 years, they have been a magnet for these luminaries, initially as a gentlemen’s club and now as a prestigious five-star hotel. The hotel is tucked on a quiet street just five minutes from Green Park station. A warm welcome eases you into the meticulously crafted space. The interiors feature elegant wood-panelled walls, gleaming polished natural stone, and a vibrant colour palette that sets the stage for the awe-inspiring Rosenstein Collection, showcasing a delightful array of 20th century paintings.

With just 60 exquisitely designed bedrooms – adorned with handcrafted Murano glass chandeliers and lavish silk wallpapers in soothing neutrals, complemented by sleek black lacquered furniture – guests are immersed in a world of understated style and sophistication. Choose from a range of rooms, from the inviting Superior Rooms to the expansive Terrace Suite. If you’re in the mood for splurging, accessible through a private lift lies St. James & Westminster Suites on the top floor, where the spacious room is crowned by a generous roof terrace, with breathtaking views across the city. These suites can also be combined to create The Penthouse of dreams. It’s the perfect haven for a leisurely breakfast, an enchanting starlit dinner, or a glamorous cocktail reception overlooking the iconic cityscape.

St. James Hotel & Club Mayfair Room


If you’re looking to unwind, you can indulge in the ultimate pampering right in the comfort and privacy of your own room. In collaboration with London Serenity, you can choose from a delightful array of body and beauty treatments from a comprehensive range of massages to personalized training sessions. Rest assured, these services are available to accommodate your schedule 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Televisions are also strategically placed in every corner of the room, including the luxurious bathroom. Catch some sunshine on the terrace, or sip from the fully stocked bar; it’s safe to say that, in such a tranquil setting in a city as busy as London, it was difficult to leave the peace and quiet the St. James’s Hotel has to offer. Nevertheless, in Mayfair, there is plenty to see and do just a stone’s throw away: take a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park, or embark on a shopping spree through Bond Street.


Dining at St. James’s Hotel & Club is a culinary journey worth embarking on. Seven Park Place by William Drabble, an intimate and stylish restaurant, pays homage to the Art Deco era, masterfully blending classic French techniques with the finest British ingredients. Executive Chef William Drabble, lovingly known as Billy, showcases his culinary prowess through delectable dishes; think fresh lobster and Lune Valley lamb, accompanied by seasonal accents highlighting their natural flavours. With its intimate setting and chic ambience, the restaurant sets the stage for an impressive and contemporary French dining experience.

For those seeking a taste of history and indulgence, 1857 The Bar is a must-visit. Celebrating the hotel and club’s rich heritage, this bar specializes in an extensive collection of ports, including limited editions, rare finds, and aged tawnies. Immerse yourself in the opulent atmosphere, reminiscent of 1920s glamour, with vibrant yellow accents, plush velvet seating, and luxurious tan leather banquettes. Indulge in meticulously crafted cocktails, expertly mixed by the hotel’s head mixologist, while also exploring the impressive array of fine cognacs showcased in the exquisite back bar. 

St. James Hotel & Club Mayfair Seven Park Place by William Drabble


There might be a plethora of hotels in London, but St. James’s Hotel & Club provides elegance, pure comfort and impeccable service; what’s not to love? Not to mention, the location just makes it easy to get to anywhere you want to be in the city. Indulge in the vibrant city by day, and cosy in by night. 


Rooms from £375 per night. stjameshotelandclub.com