The hotel's trump card is that, for such a central location, it's remarkably peaceful.
OUR TOP 5:
- Right in the heart of London, Dukes St James's London hotel is nestled in a leafy private courtyard on the edge of Green Park, super-close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, an easy bag-carrying distance from the shops of Oxford Street.
- Dukes is super known for its Bond connection: Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, the bar is said to be the inspiration for the classic line "shaken, not stirred". Whether you want a cocktail or a bed for the night (or both), this small, elegant and discreet hotel is pure London luxury and has the well-heeled purring with praise.
- Dukes may have opened in 1908 but despite its old London charm, the hotel is totally switched on to modern needs. Think: iPod speakers, flat screen TVs (two in the penthouse suite), Nespresso machines, complimentary wireless and a bathroom stocked with REN products.
- Dinner at the hotel's THIRTY SIX restaurant by Michelin-star chef Nigel Mendham comes highly recommended. Mendham's British modern-traditional food, with its classical twist, fits in perfectly with the hotel's English values.
- Star service and small touches including complimentary hand-made chocolates, newspapers, magazines and slippers ensure a pampered stay.
Rates for suites start at £480.