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American by name, run by Frenchmen, yet quintessentially English Establishment, this slightly off-radar Churchillian hero is also known for its bonkers Bertie Wooster-esque decor – plus some of the best Dry Martinis in town. Myriad framed photos, pennants, headgear, model airplanes and all manner of kitsch souvenirs document a florid past. The hotel was the Allied Air Forces’ unofficial wartime mess and has entertained royals, presidents, film stars and hillbillies-done-good over the years: Lord Lucan, François Mitterand, Clint Eastwood and Dolly Parton have all supped here. Drink in its idiosyncratic charm over Champagne and flawless cocktails served with addictive savouries; otherwise, food is of the retro comfort variety – think baked Camembert, croque monsieur, dressed crab, pies and to-the-manor-born puds. Smokers can puff on Montecristo cigars while enjoying the picturesque views from the terrace.

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  1. Last week I was back at the Stafford London, this time to sample their new Cocktail Menu now available from the iconic American Bar. The new concoctions have been designed by Head Mixologist Eric Rychnausky; an enthusiastic Slovakian who have been working at the hotel for the last five years. The current menu takes on classic London influence and is permeated with historic World War II heritage, and a drop of modern taste.

    There are nine new drinks, all carefully prepared by Eric and his team aims to enhance the guests experience in the acclaimed American bar, and also features a cocktail of the month drawing...
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  1. The Stafford London is a real hidden gem, located a few minutes from Green Park in the heart of St James. Housed in an imposing red brick building, it’s got a fascinating history. It was built as private residences in the 17th century, later becoming a hotel and its wine cellars were used as a shelter during World War II. They have just launched a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea and suggested that I should review it. I may be an afternoon tea aficionado but I’m certainly not a gentleman so I roped in Mr Luxe to do a joint review...
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