Girls’ night is still the best night. When you were younger it used to be late night chocolate, chick flicks and your best friends. Okay, let’s be honest, it sometimes still is! But now there’s a new style of girls’ night in London, one that’s at a luxury hotel with champagne and Michelin stared food. Or at least, my recent staycation with Angie at St James Hotel and Club was..!
Anyone who’s read my blog before knows that I’m a real fan of boutique luxury hotels, and St James’s Hotel and Club is just that. With only 60 rooms and London’s smallest Michelin star restaurant (more of that later!), this Small Luxury Hotels of the World member is a hidden gem right at the end of a beautiful little lane in St James.
In our Executive Room, the high level of attention to detail is obvious, even down to the beautifully monogrammed pillowcases (I definitely have my eye on some of these for our new flat!)
Since it was a glorious evening, as soon as we had a peek around our room we threw open the doors to our private terrace, popped open a bottle of wine from the mini-bar and sat and drank in the incredible St James view.
With space a-plenty on the terrace, there a few better and quieter spots in St James to enjoy a drink or a morning coffee with a favourite person.
The rooms are so tastefully decorated, with gorgeous wallpaper, plush headboards and oh-so-comfy beds. I just wished those pillowcases had had my initials on them..!
With the option to have breakfast in bed, on the terrace or downstairs, you can certainly allow yourself a lie in after a romantic night or in our case, a very fun girls’ night!
The bathroom is decorated with stunning white and black marble, giving it a classy, luxurious feeling. I was impressed by the size of the bathroom for such an intimate hotel.
With a freestanding bath that you could easily lose yourself in (with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!) and the fluffiest of towels and robes, it’s a stunning bathroom.
If, like me, you don’t travel light, I’d be tempted to upgrade to the Junior Suite for a little more space, but the Executive Room makes a great base for any stylish traveler.
But back to that wine…
It’s no surprise that Angie and I were very excited to try Seven Park Place by William Drabble, but before that it was time to get ready. Does anyone else love getting dressed up for a night out, a date or for a special meal? With many a “this dress or this dress?”, “thoughts on these shoes?” we were almost (nearly) ready to go!
With an in room smartphone, it’s easy for guests to book anything they like from the comfort of their room.
After a glass of champagne in William’s Bar, we sat down and were soon presented with a delicious, and beautiful, scallop amouse bouche.
The menu at Seven Park Place takes inspiration from France but uses classic, British ingredients to create impeccable but simple dishes. Angie started with red mullet and grilled calamari.
I couldn’t resist the sound of the scallops with artichokes, Madeira and black truffle – a dish that didn’t disappoint at all!
I wasn’t quite finished with fish for the evening, so ordered the griddled sea bass with apple puree and celeriac. A light, flavoursome dish that I couldn’t get enough of.
It was a difficult choice when it came to main courses, but Angie certainly picked a winner with the slow cooked rabbit ravioli, poached langoustines and all served on a bed of leeks and topped with crisp sage.
A passion fruit ice cream was served as a palette cleanser before our incredible desserts.
Angie opted for a light and fluffy passion fruit and dark chocolate sorbet which was absolutely heavenly!
Wanting a light dessert after a fairly indulgent meal, I opted for a rhubarb, meringue and sorbet dessert, which was as delicious as it was beautiful.
After some petit fours…
We headed back to our room with a final glass of wine to take our high heels off (just like these beautiful Lucy Choi shoes which hang in the lobby!) before falling asleep in our cosy, soft bed.
In the morning, we woke up at St James’s Hotel and Club to strong coffees and a healthy breakfast back in William’s Bar.
A healthy breakfast of cottage cheese and oatmeal pancakes with avocado smoked salmon and dill, quinoa crumpets and caramelised banana and a green smoothie for Angie…
And boiled eggs and soldiers for me!
After one final wander round the hotel, finding this cosy library, it was time to head back into London and wave goodbye to our girls night!
Or not quite.. As we headed to Four Seasons Ten Trinity for a spot of afternoon tea!
St James’s Hotel & Club
7 – 8 Park Place
With thanks to St James’s Hotel and Club as our stay and meal was complimentary.