Venue Review: The Stafford Hotel

Written by Paul Dec 07 2015

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The Stafford Hotel - SW1A 1NJ

One of the perks of this job is getting to visit some of the UK’s most luxurious and extraordinary hotels. The Stafford in London’s exclusive enclave of St James certainly fits both categories. Tucked away in a hidden side street the hotel was built as a private residence in the 17th century owned by the Spencer family, of which Princess Diana descended from. Following a brief period as a members club and smaller hotel The Stafford was finally created in 1912. Today the property is comprised of 3 buildings, the original house, which contains bedrooms, meeting rooms, the Lyttelton Restaurant and world famous American Bar, the old stables, that have now been converted into The Carriage House, a collection of countryside themed bedrooms, and The Mews Suite, a modern building with a selection of luxury suites overlooking the courtyard.

Guests have access to both the Lyttelton Restaurant and American Bar during their stay, and of course both are open to the public. The restaurant boasts two AA Rosettes and is open from breakfast, through lunch and afternoon tea and into the evening for dining. For those seeking a unique bar experience in London the hotels American bar is world famous for both its previous guests and the incredible treasure trove of memorabilia that adorns the walls, ceilings and every spare surface. Accumulated over the past few decades it contains gifts given by friends & fans of the hotel, including numerous hats from US universities and photos of boats & planes owned by regular guests.

The 4 meeting and event rooms in the main house are all perfect for intimate events, such is the demand from the local hedge funds wealth management firms. All the space are suited to small boardroom meetings or private dining events ranging in size from 8 delegates in the Pink & Panel rooms, to 24 in The Sutherland, which can take up to 60 in theatre style for small conference if needed.

The piece de resistance, however, is located underneath the hotel courtyard. Accessed via their own private entrance are the hotels 380 year old wine cellars. They house the vast wine collection, which has been built up by the resident Master Sommelier of 35 years, Gino Nardella. Seating up to 44 guests (receptions for 70), The Cellars are available to hire for exclusive private dining events in what must be one of London’s most unique settings. Gino is also available to hire to provide entertaining and informative wine tastings and talks.

The Argyll meeting room at The Stafford Hotel

The Panel meeting room at The Stafford Hotel

The Pink room at The Stafford Hotel

The Sutherland Rooms at The Stafford Hotel

The Cellars at The Stafford Hotel

Photo of The Wine Cellars at The Stafford Hotel

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