The Stafford Hotel: A Proper British Getaway in the Heart of London

The Stafford London is a hidden delight. You can think you know central London as well as a cabbie, but chances are you've never even noticed it's there. The five star hotel is hidden in its own mews off St James Street and can be accessed by a narrow alleyway from Green Park.

Inside its elegant red-brick exterior, The Stafford is calm and comfortable, with traditional interiors. We stayed in the Mews Suites, which overlook the hotel's cobbled courtyard and are the most contemporary of the 105 rooms. Think warm tones, thick carpets and plush furnishings.

The only room which couldn't be described effortlessly elegant is The American Bar. It's an intimate bar adorned, from ceiling to floor, with baseball caps, nick-nacks and signed celebrity photographs. It's busy with a buzzing atmosphere most evenings and boasts an impressive cocktail menu. We recommend Stafford's Garden, a clever, fruity twist on a classic G&T.

Staff are friendly and approachable, service is quick and everything is done with precision and care. The Stafford doesn't have the starry pull of hotels like Claridges or the Ritz, but it should be just as much of a must-visit when you’re looking for a place to lay your head in the capital.

The Stafford Hotel, 16-18 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NJ