by Zac in Cool Travel on Friday 22 March 2013

London is a city of the future and the past. The Stafford, London uniquely combines the elegance of Victorian London with a modern five-star hotel experience. The outcome is an impressive, truly British hotel experience.

The 105-room Stafford by Kempinski is situated in the very heart of London. Green Park tube is on its doorstep, as is the eponymous park which is a bustle of energy on weekends. For those seeking a more contained fitness venue, a 10-minute stroll will get guests complementary membership at The Third Space, one of London’s most prestigious health clubs.

A key feature of The Stafford is its cul-der-sac location, which offers a private entry point and ensures that guests have gentle transition to and from the hotel into the energy of central London. The American Bar and Lyttelton Restaurant are popular amongst guests. A newly renovated wing caters for the celebrity set, who prefer the private entrance the hotel offers.

Across Green Park is Buckingham Palace. Rumour has it there was once a tunnel between The Stafford and the Palace, used for discrete late night dalliances. My tour of the impressive wine-cellar did little to allay the rumour. In a city as old and intriguing as London, nothing would surprise me.

For a truly insider experience when staying at the Stafford, enquire about a viewing of the still intact and untouched World War II bunker that lies deep beneath the hotel. This is history in front of your eyes. Propaganda posters, gas masks and blankets remain untouched, and they allow an immersion into the world as it once was.

The Stafford’s service is formal and the fit-out is traditional English style, with features such four-poster beds in deluxe rooms and hand-made English bedding.

My room had a marble bathroom, separate bath and shower, and a handcrafted mattress so soft I felt as if I’d never stop sinking into it. The room had good light and a regal air.

Breakfast in the Lyttelton Restaurant comes with elegant silver service.

Nearby to the hotel are most of London’s premier tourist attractions, including Jermyn Street, a favourite of mine for picking up hand-crafted shirts and suits.

The Stafford is a hotel for those in London looking for the archetypical stay in this great city; one which at once offers the comforts of a five-star experience yet which also immerses you into its stately British grandeur of old.