35-36 St. James's Place, London, London, SW1A 1NY
- Tel: 020 7491 4840
With a discreet location off Piccadilly, in the heart of Mayfair, Dukes has been fabulously renovated and is excellently located for Regent Street, theatres & exquisite shops.
Dukes Hotel has 89 rooms and is ideally located within easy reach of the West End and a short walk from Buckingham Palace and Green Park. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, a mini bar, room safe and modem. They offer a variety of facilities, including a health club, conference room, laundry service and the Dukes Restaurant and cocktail bar.
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- Vegetarian Dishes
- Air Conditioning
- Air Conditioning
- Vegetarian Dishes
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13/03/2009 by akroj
The dining room downstairs is nice, but not very cozy. I felt like being taken 80 years back by the feel of the place (which doesn't always have to be a bad thing). The service was very attentive and discrete at the same time, on the other hand the food was average. We had scallops for the starter and rumpsteak with potatoe skins as the main dish. There was nothing wrong with the food, but nothing special about it at the same time. Wine selection was satisfactory.Report this
Between the Palace and Piccadilly
04/02/2009 by intoxicating
FROM THE moment my taxi turned into the private road, ‘Dukes Hotel’ swathed me in calm luxury. A commissionaire opened the door into the classy, red brick building, cascaded in vividly scented flowers. A union jack, size of a bed-sheet, billowed above the slender Edwardian canopy. Opposite, the gas mantel of a lamppost glowed. The marble floor of the lobby is mahogany trimmed into squares and leads into a warren of deeply carpeted, creakingly reassuring spaces. A sculpture of a sausage dog stands squat beside pressed broadsheets. It was my birthday. We had a lazy lunch before us, downstairs in the dining room, a bright collage of tangerine chairs, canary roses and slate grey, silk drapes. Interesting art glazes all walls here, as throughout. Three courses with fizz cost fewer than £20 (until we ordered more wine). The vinous highlight was a relaxed, barrel matured, wild-berry spiced ‘Cannonau’. The Sardinian native is quite possibly the Mediterranean’s oldest grape variety. This example was rusty red with a tenderly fading nose and a poised, savoury palate suggesting scorched earth and black bacon. The texture was at once rustic and velveteen. My neatly prepared, lightly gamey guinea fowl was moist and compliant with the wine. I followed it with a fluffily cosseting but daringly spiced gingerbread soufflé. This was served with a birthday candle impaled like a tee in an utterly hedonistic, deep dollop of cream. A little girl, looking on, volunteered a birthday chorus, pausing at the point where we needed to fill-in the blank of my name. Some hours on we headed to Dukes bar, an elegant but relaxed haven. Double doors were swung open onto a hush-hush space with jauntily fringed navy chairs. Banded lampshades cast warm pools of light onto darker framed drawings. An antique silver pail of iced ‘Gosset’, the trade’s Champagne of choice, hinted at decadent authorship beyond the cosiness. Clubby rather than chic, Duke’s was gently updated a couple of years ago by Campbell Gray (of ‘One Alwych’ fame). Fit for a King – or even a well-presented pauper like me, the small bar has a big reputation. It is globally renowned by discerning dipsomaniacs for one thing above all - its superior martinis. According to Alessandro Palazzi, debonair, white jacketed, black tied, silver haired mixologist, “Mr. Fleming” coined the term ‘shaken, not stirred’ within these walls (although Palazzi prefers to stir rather than risk “bruising” the spirit). A small operating tray arrived at our table. Into a frosted glass triangle Alessandro sprayed an atom of Lillet from a glinting, crystal atomiser, foreplay to the oily slug of faintly nutty Polish Potocki vodka poured from an ice-crusted bottle held at 28°. Finally came the twist, a long skin of unwaxed lemon from plump Amalfi coast fruit famed for its role in Limoncello. The result: blotter dry, gripping, balanced, but unbalancing and dangerously drinkable… When I asked for an encore, I was gracefully cautioned about the drink’s power – an iron fist in a velvet glove – although I vetoed, ordering Ian Fleming’s Classic Vesper. The glass was rinsed with orange bitters and the Potocki joined by Beefeater’s triple-distilled ‘Crown Jewel’ (50p/c). I should have listened. Shortly after the final sapid sip, my speech spurred, then slurred… [Cross posted at www.intoxicatingprose.co.uk]Report this
27/03/2007 by simonB
A mate recommended Dukes Hotel for its martinis so I went their before dinner on a Friday evening with 3 friends. The bar is cosy, quite small and with a pleasant 'old world' rather than trendy feel. It's hidden just off St James's and it's not somewhere you're likely just to chance across. There was a mix of well-heeled 30- and 40-somethings when we got there at about 8pm and it seems to be a great place to relax and have a catch up with old friends/business colleagues over a cocktail or two. I probably wouldn't recommend it if you were looking for a romantic 'first date' kind of venue though. Part of the theatre of the place is that they prepare the martinis on a small trolley by your seats...its a nice touch. I agree with the other reviewer that their cocktails are leathal in their size and strength! It's a gem of a bar and definitely one I'll return to.Report this
Stirred and not shaken
05/12/2006 by guy
Dukes Hotel is a hidden gem in St James's; club-like with excellent and friendly staff, it is the only place I go to descetely meet people. This is not one for the young'uns, but the martinis in the bar are lethal - ask the staff for a demonstration.Report this
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