A Gripping History Lies Beneath The Stafford London
26 Apr 2016
• 380-year-old Wine Cellars built in the 17th Century open for all manner of events
• Museum of artefacts left behind in wartimes available to visit for hotel guests
• Master Sommelier Gino Nardella’s 40 years of experience makes him one of the UK’s finest Sommeliers
St James’s Street is one of London’s most iconic streets in Mayfair, home to world-famous shops, celebrating the very best of British design and products. The five-star Stafford London showcases the epitome of timeless elegance above ground, but its wine cellars under St James’s Street, offer a gripping history dating back to the 17th Century. The Wine Cellars are open for all manner of events including private dinners, receptions and of course wine tasting with Master Sommelier Gino Nardella.
Built by Lord Francis Godolphin and used as an air-raid shelter in World War II, The Stafford Wine Cellars are part of the wider unique history of the hotel. Founded in 1912, The Stafford has 105 individually decorated bedrooms and suites split across three unique buildings; the Main House, Carriage House and Mews Suites. The hotel – which stretches across numbers 16, 17 and 18 St James’s Place – has the feel of a private residence. Not surprisingly, back in the 17th Century, it was one of London’s finest town houses. Number 17 (today the hotel’s grand Main House) was most famously owned by Lord and Lady Lyttelton (ancestors of Diana Princess of Wales and her brother Earl Spencer).
Today, the Wine Cellars house up to 8,000 bottles of the finest wines. At the end of the cellars, guests will discover a fascinating informal ‘museum’ of artefacts left behind in wartimes. These artefacts include a collection of posters and newspaper clippings from around the world, featuring articles on the ongoing war.
The Stafford Wine Cellars can hold up to 32 guests on a single beautiful oval shaped dining table, 44 guests on an ‘E’ shape dining table and 75 guests for a standing reception.
Gino Nardella is The Stafford’s celebrated Master Sommelier with over 40 years experience. His knowledge is vast and started from his childhood spent on the family owned vineyard in Southern France. Gino hosts wine tastings and wine-pairing dinners throughout the year, each with a dedicated theme. As a Master Sommelier, Gino is one of the UK’s finest wine experts and a qualified taster who can pass on his knowledge to diners. Gino has raised standards across the hospitality industry and his professionalism encourages guests to return time-and-time again to The Stafford Wine Cellars. Master Sommeliers are committed to the very highest standards of service and quality guest care and Gino is a true ambassador for the wine industry. Guests can recognise Gino instantly as he wears his Master Sommelier badge with pride. The badge indicates that he has reached the highest level of proficiency and knowledge in this profession. Guests can follow Gino’s advice with complete confidence.
The Stafford has so many fascinating stories to tell both above ground and in its special Wine Cellars. Raise a glass at the very best address in London.
16 – 18 St. James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NJ 020 7493 0111 www.thestaffordlondon.com
Accommodation is priced from £379.00 per room per night