Sofitel St James combines the sophistication of French elegance with the classic charm of British tradition.

ByAndrea Thompson

April 16, 2024

Nestled in the heart of London’s vibrant West End, the 5-star Sofitel St James stands as a testament to architectural beauty and hospitality excellence.

Originally constructed in 1923 this neoclassic building was the home of the army banking agency.  It was later taken over as the headquarters of Lloyds Bank until brought by Sofitel Hotel & Resorts, a French hotel chain owned by Accor in 2002 who transformed it in a luxury 5-star hotel.

With 183 rooms and suites, each seamlessly marrying French elegance with British sophistication. From Classic, Superior, Luxury, and an array of suites, all feature the unparalleled comfort of the Sofitel MyBed™. Amenities include Nespresso machines, Smeg kettles, and Diptyque toiletries, encapsulating the essence of luxury and comfort. The hotel’s original interiors, envisioned by Pierre-Yves Rochon, are a celebration of colour and creativity, vibrant hues, and whimsical accessories.

Throughout, the legacy of French designer Pierre Paulin is unmistakably present. From the iconic Mushroom chair that graces the rooms to the reflective elegance of mirrors, sleek chrome, and the glossy depth of piano lacquered finishes.  Take a closer look at the bedroom doors.

Classic rooms are adorned with tartan carpets, adding a touch of traditional British charm, while the suite and bar area pay subtle tribute to the legendary Coco Chanel, ensuring that every guest is enveloped in an environment that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also rich in design heritage during their stay.

The Michelin-starred Wild Honey St James pays tribute to the rooftop beehives with its menu of modern European cuisine, meticulously prepared with the finest seasonal ingredients by Chef Anthony Demetre. The St James Bar provides a warm and intimate setting for savouring expertly mixed cocktails. The Rose Lounge, renowned for its beauty and popularity, has extended its hours to accommodate the high demand. Guests are encouraged to indulge in the afternoon tea.

The hotel boasts an award-winning spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and versatile conference suites.  Its prime location in the heart of London places you steps away from the city’s iconic landmarks.  For a touch of historical romance, take a moment to admire the lamp posts outside, adorned with the Chanel logo—a nod to the Duke of Westminster’s celebrated affection for Coco Chanel.

Whether you’re in London for business or pleasure, Sofitel St James promises an experience that’s as rich in history as it is in luxury. It’s not just a hotel; it’s a piece of London’s heritage, a sanctuary of comfort, and a celebration of the finer things in life.

6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN