Once you discover this hotel, you'll never want to leave. Hidden away in the heart of Mayfair, The Stafford London offers the most pleasing of welcomes. Gino Nardella, the hotel's Master Sommelier (one of only 211 in the world) is legendary, offering tastings and fascinating candlelit tours of the wine cellars. Sample the "Best of British" cuisine in the Lyttelton Restaurant and American Bar.
One of The Stafford London event spaces, the famous 'American Bar,' is a unique setting for any celebration or stylish private event.With 105 elegant rooms and suites, guests are treated to the highest standards of luxury hospitality. Guests can choose from three different room styles; traditional rooms in the Main House, the converted stables of 'The Carriage House' and the modern 'Stafford Mews.'
The Carriage House is awash with history. Originally built as stables to house the nobility’s thoroughbreds, it was converted into 12 beautifully restored, luxury rooms and suites, some with four-poster beds opening up on to the 18th century stable courtyard - perfect for honeymoons. The Mews has a contemporary, yet quintessentially British style, featuring a stunning penthouse apartment with private outdoor terrace and views overlooking the city skyline. The traditional rooms in the hotel's Main House, ooze with the elegance of Victorian London.
The Lyttelton lounge is the perfect setting to enjoy The Stafford’s signature Afternoon Tea, The ‘Lady Lyttelton Afternoon Tea.’ The tea in honour of Lady Sarah Lyttelton, the historic owner of the Main House, comes complete with delightful cakes, dark chocolate teacups and delicate sandwiches, as well as a choice of teas or champagne. The hotel has 5 private rooms available for a variety of meetings and events.
Each of the rooms have late Victorian marble fireplaces, with original cornices and panelling; perfect for a corporate function, elegant reception or private dining. Civil Wedding Ceremonies can be conducted in the Sutherland room, which is an elegant and stylish room that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests. The hotels crowning glory has to be its stunning wine cellars. An ideal location to stage a truly special event, guests can enjoy the spectacle of twisting underground tunnels and over 20,000 bottles of wine illuminated by candles. This unique space makes for the most memorable Christmas party venue, awards evening or birthday celebration.
A compelling history lies beneath The Stafford in its 380 year old stone Wine Cellars. Built in the 17th century by Lord Francis Godolphin, the Cellars are situated below Blue Ball Yard, an 18th-century stable yard which once formed part of the Royal Mews. In the 1880s, they became the property of a private London wine merchant whose shingle still hangs there today.
The Stafford's Main House used to be the residence of Lord and Lady Lyttelton in the early 19th century, Lady Lyttelton was Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria, and the grandeur of these times still shines through in the Main House. The American Bar is so called because in the early 1930s the West End hotels started to cater for the ever-growing American market crossing the Atlantic aboard the multitude of ocean-going liners. The intrepid travelers from North America brought with them such exotic drinks as Manhattans, Martinis, and Sidecars. Since 1930 patrons of the bar have left memorabilia as their personal gift and to mark their place in time and history.