london tour: st. james's hotel and club

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Our last stop in London was certainly the best experience. The St. James’s Hotel and Club is the home for the elite of the elite — a five star boutique hotel connected to a Michelin Star restaurant. Even as an exceptionally young looking, casually dressed traveler, I was warmly welcomed by a sweet and accommodating staff who was expecting my early arrival and treated me like Ms. Meghan Markle herself. A lovely personal note, fresh fruit and bottled water were waiting in our impeccably clean yet comfortable room. Plush robes and warm embroidered towels were ready to be snuggled in. The best shower on earth was waiting to wash away my hangover from the many glasses of champagne I didn’t know I was going to indulge in that evening. All was well at St. James’s Hotel and Club and we were ready to explore London. 
The area is obscenely convenient to anything that you want to do or see in London, but the hotel itself was tucked away off the beaten path in what seemed to be their own private alley. We walked for hours, stopped for multiple pints, shopped around Piccadilly Circus and I enjoyed 2 full English breakfasts at the recommended cafe down the street with no regrets. 








Dinner at Seven Park Place by William Drabble was something I’ll always remember. The service was unforgettably perfect - we were greeted with a cocktail at the bar before heading to our seats. We were treated to a 3 course meal with appropriate wine pairings. I was left speechless. Our server was more polite than I deserved but also playful enough to make me feel comfortable. Here’s a run-down of what we tried (by tried, I mean completely devoured).
I forget what these were called, but they were the most scrumptious little snacks of all time. Accompanied with (another) glass of champagne, the crostini had some cod deliciousness on it, the center item was burrata with a red pepper and olive over a delicious crumbly crust, and the last was a tiny lamb spring roll. We knew we were in for a treat after this tasting. After that, I regret not having a photo of the fantastic trio of butters and bread selection available. I wasn't ashamed to ask for some butter delivered to the room -- it was THAT good (they talked me out of the butter delivery). 
  
Starter: Poached Native Lobster Tail with Cauliflower and Truffle Butter Sauce
Starter: Assiette of Foie Gras... Seared, Mousse and Ballotine
Main Course: Grddles Fillet of John Dory, Celeriac, Apple, Mussels and Chives
Main Course: Assiette of Rabbit with Langoustines, Young Leeks and Rosemary
 The last items we ordered were dessert. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take a photo of the menu thanks to my wine intake, but mark my words: the dessert itself is worth the visit. I cannot suggest a stay at St. James’s Hotel and Club highly enough.
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