To mark 50 years since the death of one of Britain’s most revered statesmen, Sir Winston Churchill, The Stafford London in St James’s launched its ‘Churchill – A commemoration at The Stafford London’ package at an event in the hotel’s cellars on 20 January, attended by various members of the Churchill family.
The Churchill package offers guests the chance to stay at the eighteenth-century property, thought to have been one of Churchill’s favourite establishments during his time in office, as well as enjoying entry to the popular Churchill War Rooms – the original Cabinet War Rooms and the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. The Churchill War Rooms were also the secret underground headquarters where Churchill and his team directed the course of World War II. Visitors can see where and how the decisions made here changed the course of history, revealing Churchill’s character and his role in British history.
Guests will also receive a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2004, well-known as Churchill’s favourite champagne. Guests will also receive a hardback copy of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s bestselling book The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History, which chronicles the life of the famed prime minister and the many distinctive facets of his character.
Cigar lovers can also enjoy a ten per cent saving at the well-known James J. Fox, the great British cigar merchant, at nearby 19 St. James’s Street. The shop was Churchill’s favourite cigar store where he was a customer from 1900 to 1964.
As well as strong connections to Sir Winston Churchill, The Stafford has prominent wartime links for a number of other reasons. Home to the iconic American Bar, one of only two remaining in the capital, The Stafford was popular with American servicemen stationed on the home front during World War II and even nowadays features a fascinating collection of wartime and American memorabilia as part of its ever-growing collection.
Furthermore, Nancy Wake, known as ‘The White Mouse’, a British agent during the latter part of World War II and a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance, also regularly frequented The American Bar up until her death in 2011 at the age of 98.
The Stafford’s seventeenth-century wine cellars, complete with 8,000 vintage varieties, are also home to an informal war museum. Used as an air raid shelter in World War II, the cellars contain gas masks, propaganda posters, sandbags, helmets and newspaper headlines from the 1940s, left undisturbed for over 70 years.
The Stafford London is located in the heart of St James’s with the finest shopping on Jermyn Street just feet away. It also has many of London’s biggest attractions on its doorstep, including art galleries, theatres, and the Royal Palaces and Parks.