Winter at St James’s Quintessentially British Hotel
6 Oct 2015
- Celebrate Bond with a new cocktail with Belvedere Vodka in The American Bar
- Enjoy a new Citrus Afternoon Tea full of flavour and colour in The Stafford’s country house style lounge
- Experience a modern British menu in The Lyttelton Restaurant by Executive Head Chef Carlos Martinez
- Attend the Stafford Literary Salon on November 15th with Vivienne Westwood’s biographer
- Raise a glass with Master Sommelier Gino Nardella with three Wine Journeys in The Stafford Wine Cellars
In the heart of St James’s sits the quintessentially British The Stafford London, home to several hidden dining and celebration secrets. The American Bar, The Lyttelton restaurant, several private dining rooms, The Lyttelton Lounge and The Stafford Wine Cellars, all accessed by two entrances on St James’s Place and Blue Ball Yard (off St James’s Street).
The American Bar
As James Bond fever kicks in, the American Bar, a London legend, brimming with a unique history and character, has unveiled a new cocktail in honour of the character. The ‘Belvedere 007 Martini’ is now available and fuses Belvedere Vodka, Dry Vermouth shaken, not stirred, and garnished with a lemon twist. This is an exclusive cocktail to the American Bar and is priced at £18.00 and available until early 2016. The American Bar is the perfect destination to enjoy cocktails with true spirit. During the 1930s, it was the fashion for most West End hotels to rename their bars ‘The American Bar’ in order to attract the business of the increasing numbers of North American visitors. The Stafford London is one of only two bars in London who retained the name. The bar is famous for a selection of Martinis and Whiskeys and an extensive menu will keep any aspiring Bond happy. The American Bar is open daily serving lunch and dinner and home to alfresco dining in its courtyard.
On the theme of mystery…just to the left of the bar counter, guests will find a very special, always reserved bar stool. This was the bar stool chosen by Nancy Wake who visited and stayed at The Stafford London for two years. Every day, she would enjoy a gin and tonic. Nancy Wake was a highly decorated war hero, working in the French Resistance. One of the most popular cocktails at the American Bar is dedicated to Nancy Wake. The ‘White Mouse’ is the cocktail. The name was chosen as this was the name the Nazis called Nancy Wake because she was never caught. The ‘White Mouse’ is made with Saffron Gin shaken with lemon juice and honey and Champagne is also added with star anise to garnish. The cocktail is priced at £18.00.
The Lyttelton Lounge
A new citrus afternoon tea celebrating the changing season combines flavour and colour, has just been unveiled. Freshly baked scones with Magda’s seasonal jams with Devonshire clotted cream are matched with a selection of colourful treats. Key lime pie (includes lime juice and condensed milk), Lemon posset (with lemon juice and blueberry compote), Orange delice (orange mousse with orange jelly), Grapefruit macaroon (white and pink), Clementine Madeira cake and Yuzu torte. The new afternoon tea is served with a selection of sandwiches and teas or coffee priced at £32.00 per person or with a glass of Besserat Champagne priced at £42.50 per person. Served in the country house style lounge with a roaring fire, the hotel has the feel of a private residence. In fact, The Lyttelton restaurant and lounge are the former dining room and drawing room of Lord and Lady Lyttelton (who owned one of the finest townhouses in London in the 17th century). A descendant of the aristocratic Lyttelton-Spencer family, Edward Spencer the 8th Earl Spencer, was the father of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Lyttelton Restaurant
Executive Head Chef Carlos Martinez has created a modern British menu in The Lyttelton restaurant available daily for lunch, pre-theatre and dinner. The menu highlights British dishes and changes with the season. Ingredients are sustainable, organic and prepared creatively to showcase the very best Britain has to offer from farm and land to plate. The Lyttelton restaurant offers 35 covers in a spacious elegant environment. The decor includes an ivory, purple and grey colour palette with a stunning custom-designed chandelier at the centre of the room.
The Sutherland Room – Literary Salons
This year, The Stafford London launched their Stafford Salons featuring a selection of leading authors promoting their new books over afternoon tea and a Q&A with journalist Liz Hoggard. On 15 November, Ian Kelly will tell guests how he wrote the authorised biography of Dame Vivienne Westwood, documenting her career over five decades from punk activist to global fashion icon. He will be describing the fascinating (and occasionally frustrating!) challenge of persuading her to tell her unique story for the first time. The Daily Telegraph described the book as ‘fabulously, fetishistically brilliant’. Priced at £15.00 from 3pm-5pm.
The Stafford Wine Cellars
The Stafford London is fortunate to have Master Sommelier Gino Nardella overseeing its 380-year old Wine Cellars. Gino’s experience is vast, from his childhood spent on the family owned vineyard in Southern France to over 40 years accumulated experience as a Sommelier. The wine list at The Stafford London is extensive and covers all of the Old world and much of the New world. 17 wines are available by the glass. Regular wine events take place at the hotel with dinners paired with selected wines from a different vineyard / grape variety often. The next events include: United States Wine Journey on Friday 23rd October from 6.30pm discovering everything from Napa and Sonoma to countless lesser-known wine regions, priced £89.00 per person including wines and two bowl foods. Friday 27th November is a celebration of Bordeaux whilst Friday 18th December is a Champagne wine journey just in time for the festive season.
Discover a new side to St James’s at The Stafford London this winter.
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