This year marks 110 years since DUKES LONDON first opened its distinguished doors. One of Mayfair’s most celebrated hotels, the five-star bolthole in St. James’s Place first opened in 1908 as a hotel for dukes and aristocracy. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the hotel is offering guests the chance to experience its renowned hospitality for an unmissable £110 per night, available every Sunday during September 2018.
DUKES’ Rich Heritage
Bursting with history and with many a story to tell, the building DUKES occupies was originally built around 1890 as the London Chambers for the sons of Britain’s aristocracy, until it became DUKES Hotel in 1908. It began life as a hotel for Dukes and other members of the aristocracy who appreciated its proximity to the Court of St. James’s. Guests who wanted to be seen stayed elsewhere, DUKES was a discreet hotel, a sentiment that very much holds true today.
Guests don’t have to venture far to be immersed in the rich history of this fabled corner of London. The historic courtyard at DUKES has been traced back to 1532 when King Henry VIII bought a convent at the bottom of the hill. In its place, he built St. James’s Palace as a hunting lodge and refuge from court politics. From 1660 onwards, St. James’s Place, the street where DUKES is located, became highly fashionable, housing elegant coffee houses which were the forerunners of today’s Gentlemen’s Clubs.
DUKES is also just a short stroll from Clarence House (the official residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall) and Spencer House, which belongs to the Spencer family and is London’s only great 18th century town house to survive intact.
In addition to noblemen, artists, politicians and bankers were, and continue to be, regular guests at DUKES. Sir Edward Elgar always stayed in the DUKES apartments when in London for concerts.
The iconic St. James’s hotel has recently completed a multi-million pound refurbishment which has seen a refresh of all 90 bedrooms, which includes the creation of 22 gorgeous new Deluxe Rooms, a new-look lobby and the opening of GBR, the hotel’s signature restaurant. This is the largest refurbishment the hotel has seen for decades and has enhanced and enriched what guests know and love about the DUKES experience, whilst maintaining its award-winning five-star service and attention to detail.
With a special anniversary rate of £110 per night available throughout September this year, DUKES is offering visitors the chance to retrace the footsteps of many a distinguished guest and experience DUKES’ time-honoured hospitality in the heart of London.
Situated in a corner of London steeped in history, DUKES is within walking distance of London’s most iconic sights and theatres, making it the perfect base for a night or two in the capital.
After a day exploring the local area, guests can return to their intimate bolthole before enjoying a tipple at the world-renowned DUKES Bar. Be sure to try one of its legendary Martinis! And don’t miss GBR (Great British Restaurant), headed up by Executive Chef Nigel Mendham, to enjoy a collection of sharing plates made with locally sourced, seasonal produce.
For just one month only, take advantage of this unbeatable £110 per night rate and experience the refined luxury and unparalleled service that DUKES has perfected over its illustrious 110-year history.
Nightly rates in a DUKES room at DUKES LONDON normally start from £320 inclusive of VAT and full English breakfast. For more information please call 020 7491 4840 or visit www.dukeshotel.com.
DUKES’ 110th Aniversary rate is available to be booked from now until 30th September. Five rooms will be offered at reduced rate of £110 per night every Sunday during the month of September.