The American Bar at The Stafford

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The Stafford Hotel, St. James's Place , London, SW1A 1NJ

American bar at The Stafford long bar shot with dark wood seats and hanging hats
American bar at The Stafford blue cocktail in ornamental glass on bar
American Bar at The Stafford small food plates

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During the 1930s, several bars opened in London’s luxe hotels catering to high-society’s thirst for US-style cocktails, but this renowned establishment is one of the few survivors. It received a sensitive refurb in 2018, leaving an enlarged, tastefully tweaked main bar alongside the heroically eccentric original lounge. In both you’ll find signed photos of celebrated guests down the decades – everyone from François Mitterrand to Dolly Parton. Similarly absorbing is the new St James’s-themed drinks list by legendary manager Benoît Provost. We enjoyed a take on the Queen Mum’s trademark gin and Dubonnet that added pear liqueur, Bénédictine and lemon to refreshing effect, and The Godolphin, a Woodford Reserve bourbon, berries-infused red-wine and cinnamon Sour. Five-star comfort food helps cure hunger pangs – juicy chorizo and pepper brochettes, say – backed up by a stellar wine cellar. On balmy evenings sip a glass in the cute cobbled mews leading to this unique institution.

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The American Bar at The Stafford Location

The Stafford Hotel, St. James's Place , London SW1A 1NJ

Opening times

Mon-Sun 8am-11pm

The American Bar at The Stafford's Reviews


Food & Drink: 9.0


Service: 9.0


Atmosphere: 7.0


Value: 7.0


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
15 July 2012

What it lacked in clientele on our visit, it more than made up for in character and service. Could spend hours in there and still not tire of all the conversation starting objects and pictures on every space (including the ceiling!) Is not the cheapest bar in the world, but the premium included for enticing snacks, huge range of drinks and superb staff, makes every pound worthwhile.

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