There are plenty of contemporary and modern hotels in London, ones that offer the latest in dining and high tech. But there’s something about stepping into a sort of time shift when you visit the city that adds a charming touch to any trip to the UK. The Stafford is a great character filled and comfortable place to do just that. Founded in 1912, this hotel is centrally located in St. James, just around the corner from Wolseley Restaurant and the entrance to Hyde Park. Across its various structures, it has 107 guest rooms, including a restored carriage house that once served as the stables of 18th-century nobleman Lord Francis Godolphin. There are no more horses there, but there is a certain magic with each passage.
Of the day spoke with Stuart Procter, COO of The Stafford Collection, find out more.
What is the most requested room in the property?
Our newest suite in the main house, the Stafford Park Suite.
What makes it so special?
The suite is split over two levels with a large bedroom and stunning marble bathroom on the ground floor and a separate living room with private bar on the first floor. But what really makes it special is the expansive private terrace, with its views of London’s most iconic landmarks.
What is the nightly rate for these rooms?
What’s an interesting tidbit about the hotel that speaks to its iconic status?
There are so many interesting stories that it’s hard to know where to start! The history of The Stafford is so varied. Our main house building was once the private residence of Lord and Lady Lyttelton, who were part of the Spencer family.
What is your favorite piece and why?
I love our newly remodeled main house master suites. They offer large bedrooms alongside a spacious separate living room. Plus, for those traveling with family, there are interconnection options.
What is your favorite design element on the property?
The American Bar. It was renovated in 2018 and is filled with memories donated by our guests over the past 70 years.
What special benefit or convenience do you offer that no one knows about?
All our guests have the opportunity to visit our private museum, hidden under the hotel at the back of our wine cellars. It is full of memorabilia left by American and Canadian officers after WWII and is truly special
How about another fun fact about the property?
Over the years, The Stafford has hosted a number of very special guests, but one in particular holds a special place in our hearts: Nancy Wake. Wake was the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman of World War II and the Gestapo’s most wanted person with a 5 million franc prize on her head. She was codenamed The White Mouse due to her ability to evade capture. Nancy lived at the Stafford for two years between 2001 and 2003 and entertained guests and staff with her immense sense of fun! One of our most popular cocktails at the American Bar is The White Mouse, created in honor of Nancy.