After the seventeen working hours days of London Fashion Week and my 24 hr trip to Milan to see Roland Mouret’s brilliant new Mr. menswear line, I knew it was time for some retrenching. Unfortunately I don’t have a London home, so my main option for last weekend was lil’sis’s sofa with Posetta Baddog sleeping on my head. Which is not enormously relaxing for me. Or for her.
And then the blissful French-owned Hotel Sofitel St James, just off Pall Mall, came to my rescue, offering me a Saturday night stay so I could escape temporarily from the world.
The Sofitel St James really is a perfect blend of French courtesy and English charm. The building is an old bank, and its clever, luxurious renovation has kept the soaring ceilings, beautiful mouldings and sense of history, whilst adding a glorious-looking spa, chic little bar (it looks perfect for a cocktail and a first date), and the delightful Rose Lounge where a scrumptious looking afternoon tea can be taken with a Gallic twist. (I think this is one of London’s best kept secrets, and I am planning on returning with my girlfriends to take tea, listen to the harpist and eat vast quantities of patisserie.)
My room had a splendid roof top view over the Institute of Directors
And, by throwing up the sash, I could lean out to gaze at both traffic & pedestrians progress up Pall Mall. This was mesmerising. I adore staying in the heart of London’s West End, and watching the world go by.
It was so lovely to have a room flooded with natural daylight and fresh air — a rarity in city centre hotels. I had a huge bathroom, and spent far too long in there, applying various unguents and goop to various parts of my body for future LLG purposes. I arrived at 2pm on Saturday and left at the same time on Sunday having done nothing bar sleep, take long fragranced baths, eat pizza, write a sheaf of LFW thank you letters and tackle my out of control inbox whilst watching The X Factor from bed.
And here is the video I shot of my room, just after I arrived:
LLG was a guest of The Sofitel St James
6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN