A stately presence in the center of historic St. James, the Stafford was originally built in the 17th century as a complex of private residences. Today, the hotel is a favorite of the city’s A-listers as the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and her husband, the former English rugby player Mark Tindall, along with other notables regularly check in to enjoy the hotel’s individually designed rooms and suites. In addition to the Victorian grandeur of the Main House accommodations, the Carriage House offers 11 smartly styled, “glam-country” suites designed by Alexandra Champalimaud.
The Mews Suites offer quintessential English sophistication—boasting spacious contemporary interiors and private entrances from a cobbled courtyard, ideal for high-profile guests looking to stay under the radar. To catch a glimpse at the property’s famous guests, head to the American Bar—where signed celebrity photos line the wall of the snug cocktail lounge, which evokes a world of WWII espionage and glamour.