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Style Discovered Blog - October 2014

DUKES is the kind of place where you breathe a sigh of relief as soon as you walk through the doors. It’s beautiful, elegant, quintessentially English but without being overly stuffy and formal. 


Country Life – June 2014

If you were inspired by National Picnic Week, then why not order a hamper from Dukes St James’s and relax in one of the Royal Parks with your personal butler.


Hautetime - August 2014

Recognising the trend for tea infused alcohol, vintage-inspired drinking parties, and the consistent demand for afternoon tea, DUKES ST JAMES LONDON has launched ‘G & Tea’ a brand new afternoon tea experience combining two of the most recognised British traditions: the afternoon tea and the Gin and Tonic.

Huffington Post-June 2014-London's Best Gin Cocktails

Dukes' Martinis are served chilled straight from the freezer, no ice needed. Rumour has it that Ian Fleming came up with James Bond's 'shaken, not stirred' line at Duke's Hotel, say no more. Plus bar manager Alessandro Palazzi gets extra points for his charm, and for being one of the first to use Highgate's now cult-status earning Sacred Gin in his.

Discover & Escape- June 2014

Famed as Ian Fleming’s local, it is said that Dukes Bar is the inspiration behind the expression ‘shaken, not stirred. Here, it’s all about the Martinis.

You & Your Wedding - May 2014-Elegant London Hotel

Right on the edge of Royal Green Park sits Dukes Hotel; a gorgeous London wedding venue that's British to the core. With a full license for both civil ceremonies and partnerships, you and your guests can relax and enjoy your entire day in our luxurious, opulent surroundings.

Haute Time-May 2014-Celebrate Chelsea Flower Show At Duke St James

Created by head barman and martini guru, Alessandro Palazzi, the martini consists of aromatic Rose vodka, fresh chilli, strawberry liqueur and cranberry juice paired with cordial lime and finished with a rose petal.

MiBusinessMag May 2014-Cameras At The Ready!

A father and son purchased the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MK 1 with the intentions of restoring it to its former glory unaware of its impressive history. It is fitting that Dukes St James is the chosen venue for this event. “Ian Fleming is often referenced with the hotel.” said Managing Director, Debrah Dhugga, “so it seems fit to host this special event at Dukes Hotel.”

Gloucestershire Echo-May 2014

Elegant and refined, it’s the epitome of classic British style – think Mr Selfridge-style shuttered mahogany lifts and uniformed doormen – and the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a day in town.

HARPERS BAZAAR – July 2014 – Shop & Drop at DUKES London

Thanks to fashion’s finest recently opting to make Mount Street their new home, Mayfair is more firmly on the style map than ever – and Dukes Hotel in St James is joining in. The general manager Debrah Dhugga has created a list of her ultimate local shopping contacts, taking in shoe stores, designer boutiques, high-street staples and even the neighbourhood’s best grocery shops to offer guests a curated personal-shopping service.


TATLER - June 2014 - The show-off picnic

If you've done something TERRIBLE and need to make amends, this might just be the ticket: Dukes Hotel St James sends a butler out with its picnic hampers. You'll tell them when and where exactly in Green Park you want to go, and once you arrive (you can borrow a hotel bicycle), your picnic will be laid out like a page in a story book. Your tea will be poured, your champagne will be served and your poached salmon sandwiches will be presented on a platter. The best bit is they then leave you to it - and, once you've finished, reappear to whisk it all away so you don't even need to find a bin.


HARPERS BAZAAR - July 2014 – Best For Solo Women

Despite it’s name,and association with Ian Fleming (this was his favourite bar, thanks to the peerless martinis), DUKES is the perfect place for a woman to stay, with well-stocked bathrooms and tranquil bedrooms, all overseen by a female General Manager.

The Daily Telegraph – July 2013

The hotel is hidden away in a secretive courtyard just off St James's St – close to Green Park and the luxury shops of Mayfair … this is an expensive hotel but the sanctuary-like location, friendly staff, inviting bars and tranquil restaurant make a night here feel like money well spent. Wi-Fi is free. Read the full review at


007’s creator may no longer prop up the bar, but step inside this iconic Mayfair hotel, and you’ll find a spoil-yourself treat – in a central London location that can’t be beat. Nestled on the edge of Green Park, Dukes is a five minute walk from Buckingham Palace, super-close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, and easy bag-carrying distance from the shops of Oxford Street. See, even Bond couldn’t have uncovered a better base camp than that. – July 2012

The signature drink is the Vesper martini, in honor of Ian Fleming who drank here and, legend has it, came up with Bond’s signature beverage and “shaken, not stirred” instructions here ... Let the newfangled show ponies compete. It doesn’t get much better than this ... Dukes wasn’t the only place I visited in London where the drinks were that pricey, but it was the only one where I felt it was justified.  - April 2012

The Dukes London in St. James features classic and contemporary design and is located in a quiet courtyard in the heart of Mayfair. Guests can enjoy boutique intimacy in a calming atmosphere of warm colors and comfortable, stylish furnishings, along with an impressive art collection. The Dukes' 11 hotel suites were refurbished and redesigned by leading UK designer, Shaun Clarkson, known for his contemporary and creative approach. The hotel also features a Drawing Room and Conservatory, gym and health spa, three meeting rooms, and elegant wedding facilities.

Meetings Focus – April 2012

DUKES London concierge Ian Steiger provides recommendations on what to do in and around London

The Golfer – February 2012

As befits its name DUKES Hotel has its own special style and grace. English charm combines with superb service and understated luxury to make guests feel as if they are staying in a private townhouse.

Société Perrier – February 2012

Dukes Hotel perfectly positioned in the tiny neighborhood of St. James has a rich and royal history. The area and hotel, discreetly located on a tiny road in a private courtyard, have been equally alluring for local artists, writers and global sophisticates for over a century.

Forbes – February 2012

For both business and pleasure, cigar bars first made their comeback in London, where boutique hotel DUKES London welcomes stogie-loving guests in the Cognac and Cigar Garden. The secluded patio behind the hotel offers a long list of cognacs to accompany the Cubans. 

New York Times – January 2012

The Dukes London hotel has created several initiatives catering to women, including 19 new Dutchess Rooms (right) with fresh flowers, women’s magazines and size-appropriate slippers and robes and female staff members who are escorts at check-in.

Travel & Leisure Top 500 Hotels – December 2011

Housed in a classic London red brick building (where a Union Jack may be waving above the front door), rooms are decorated in varying styles, but British flair reigns supreme, with wingback chairs, ornate mirrors, and towering wardrobes. THIRTY SIX restaurant is helmed by Chef Nigel Mendham and serves an early dinner for visitors headed to the theatre.

Conde Nast Gold List 2012 – Top World Hotels December 2011

Dukes Hotel is located in a hidden courtyard off St James's Street. The service is traditional and pleasant - expect deferential butlers, maids and valets to tend to your every need. Some rooms overlook St James's Place, but book the penthouse for the ultimate, royal views: Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Spencer House. – November 2011

The hotel is just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, so do as the queen would do and enjoy some afternoon tea before you martinis arrive.

Huffington Post – October 2011

After a speedy clearing of customs and a seamless train ride in, I dropped my bags in my sleek yet traditional suite at The Duke's Hotel, then ran downstairs to Duke's Bar. Well-heeled British business boys, Mayfair bankers and hedge fund folk have been known to have the patience of saints as they line up nightly, wrapping themselves around the building in search of the city's best made martini. – September 2011

There's a new signature restaurant at Dukes London and it's guaranteed to get foodies drooling

The Huffington Post – September 2011

As a guest of Dukes London, you can take advantage of their Picnic in the Park deal where four people eat a meal, which includes salad, sandwich, water and coffee or tea, and dessert, at the city's serene Green Park.

Luxury Travel Advisor – August 2011

If your London-bound guests like their luxury cranked up to 11, suggest they stay in a suite at DUKES LONDON, where all 11 hotel suites have been newly refurbished.

New York Resident Magazine – August 2011

After a speedy clearing of customs and a seamless train ride in, I dropped my bags in my sleek yet traditional suite at The Dukes Hotel, then ran down to Dukes Bar ... I felt like a spoiled Bond babe privy to membership in a covert international cocktail club as I seductively sipped this bit of liquid history while watching Britain’s business elite line up outside. I tipped this window of privilege a bit further, nibbling on gorgeous green olives imported from Puglia while planning my next cocktail conquest.

Global Vision Magazine – August 2011

DUKES HOTEL guests never want to check out.

World’s Best Hotel Bars

Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, DUKES Bar is said to have inspired the classic Bond movie line, "shaken, not stirred." It's famous for martinis and personalized cocktail creations, which are made tableside by the bartender ... Try Fleming's Classic Vesper: No. 3 gin, Potocki vodka, Angostura bitters and Lillet blanc.

The Washington Flyer – July 2011

Long heralded as the world’s best place to get the perfect martini, Dukes Bar has been serving up spirits for more than a century. This is definitely not newfangled London. It’s a clubby place, and entering its doors is tantamount to crossing a timeline.

The Vogue Blog – April 2011

While we were enjoying our champagne cocktails in the sumptuous surroundings, conversation drifted to the royal wedding – rumour has it that the princes are already fans of the famous [DUKES] martini bar. We couldn’t help thinking the champagne bar would be the perfect little retreat for Catherine Middleton and her friends to soothe any pre-wedding nerves.

Square Mile - The Voice of the City, May 2011

DUKES Hotel is one of the prettiest of the capital’s grandes dames – it’s no coincidence it was Princess Di’s bolthole of choice for escaping the pressures of life in the Palace ... DUKES new Perrier-Jouet bar is as boutique and beautiful as the rest of the hotel ... the stylish interiors have been designed by Shaun Clarkson to evoke an air of British tradition combined with Parisian chic. Perfect for an afternoon, evening or, indeed, first-thing-in-the-morning drink.

The Black Dress Traveller Blog

... if you weren't invited to the upcoming Royal Wedding ... you can always get treated like royalty at DUKES - a  5 star boutique hotel in the heart of London's posh St. James area. The hotel's Duchess Rooms are tailored to pamper solo female travellers. 

Ultra Travel, The Sunday Telegraph - 6th March 2011

At this St James' institution, customers regularly turn up in black tie… Alessandro Palazzi and his staff mix 150-200 martinis a night, proof that the third golden age of the cocktail has arrived.

The Financial Times – How to Spend It 

Head to ... DUKES Hotel in St. James, where the martini trolley is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

ES Magazine

Down a cobbled alley in St. James sits DUKES LONDON, an intimate establishment with a reputation to match. The bar ... is famous for miraculous Martinis, the perfect way to start a secret liaison.

Global Vision – The International Magazine for Business Executives

DUKES LONDON located in central London promises that any jet-setter will be treated like royalty in this palace, neighbouring some of London’s most prestigious restaurants, high-end stores, galleries and magnificent theatres.

The Newcastle Journal

It’s a beautiful hotel, charming and understated, discreetly tucked away in a private courtyard in an ultra-quiet street between Mayfair and St. James.

The Jewish Chronicle

Immaculately clean and decorated in low-key traditional style ... this is where Ian Fleming was inspired to coin James Bond’s immortal line – “shaken not stirred”.

Octane Magazine, April 2011 – James Bond Trail

“If it wasn’t for Mr. Ian Fleming, I wouldn’t have mixed so many Vodka Martinis – shaken not stirred” said DUKES barman Alessandro.

City AM

... the superbly refined DUKES Bar for the ultimate Martini, made at your table.

Brighton Argus

The DUKES seems to pride itself in hiding it’s light beneath a bushel, from its quietly attentive service, including a concierge, to its almost secret location.

South Tyne Star

Nestled in a tranquil courtyard between St James and Green Park, you almost forget you’re in the capital when you walk up to DUKES.

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