Sofitel London St James – hotel review

Effortlessly blending old and new, high tech and old fashioned style, at every turn – this hotel is the gold standard of what a discerning visitor to London should demand from their stay

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Situated in a beautiful and grand 1920s banking building at the very heart of the capital – Sofitel St James is a luxury hotel of distinction. You would struggle to be better placed to explore London than from this 5-star property, in the shadow of Westminster and Big Ben and just minutes walk away from Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Leicester Square. 

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Built as the opulent headquarters of Cox and Company Bank in 1923, the 125,000 square foot grade II listed property oozes “classic London” architecture as it towers above the streets of St James’.

Within the hotel this same old world elegance has been blended with contemporary luxury and state of the art technology to offer one of the best hotel experiences in central London. 

Every inch of the hotel has been designed with quality and comfort in mind – from the sumptuous dark fabrics used in the furnishings to the beautiful woods framing the residence.

Once in your peaceful high-ceilinged designer bedroom you would hardly know you were just yards away from the hustle and bustle of a 21st Century world city.  From the opulent black marble bathroom with its chrome fittings to the enormous (and extremely comfortable bed) – this is a room to write home about. 

If you fancy really pampering yourself, why not indulge in a treatment or two at the beautiful So SPA, offering a range of experiences in beautiful, tranquil surroundings.

Effortlessly blending old and new, high tech and old fashioned style, at every turn – this hotel is the gold standard of what a discerning visitor to London should demand from their stay. 

Eating and drinking

Enjoying an incredibly central Location in the heart of the capital, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to wining and dining nearby.

However, within the hotel itself, The Balcon Bar, is the place to eat and drink – offering an incredible grand brasserie experience similar to that which you might find in the heart of Paris. 

Whether you’re stopping in for lunch, afternoon tea, or to sample the extensive evening menu – this is a dining venue befitting of such a grand and opulent hotel. 

A very good continental and cooked breakfast buffet is served in The Balcon in the mornings. 

The adjacent St James Bar is a cool place to have a drink before dinner or going out. Inspired by Coco Chanel’s 1920s Paris apartment, the elegant bar offers an excellent cocktail menu, champagne and a light food menu. 


Hotel address: 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

Official website

Radio Times Travel rating: 9/10

“Effortlessly blending old and new, high tech and old fashioned style, at every turn – this hotel is the gold standard of what a discerning visitor to London should demand from their stay”


Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.

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