By Helen Oon, January 19, 2012
Bedrooms are crafted in soft tones and classic furnishings

Bedrooms are crafted in soft tones and classic furnishings

Enrico, the handsome Italian barman, is fixing me a cocktail - the famous "89" dedicated to Ian Fleming. The James Bond author was a frequent patron in this iconic bar and this concoction of vodka infused with Tonka beans, Amaretto and a dash of Amber Vermouth, created for him, was inspired by a perfume called "89" created for Fleming by Floris of Mayfair.

Set in a private courtyard in the heart of St James in Mayfair, this 90-room boutique hotel has hosted royalty and discerning customers who value traditional English service.

Entering the lobby brings to mind a manor house with works of art and portraits of aristocrats on the wall.

The simply furnished bedrooms have a soothing colour scheme and, in my cosy, apple-green hued room overlooking the private courtyard, the madding crowd and noise from nearby Piccadilly seem far away.

Aside from the Dukes Bar, there are snug corners to have a drink and smoke a cigar at the Cognac and Cigar Garden. The drawing room-cum-conservatory overlooking a peaceful courtyard garden is the perfect place for morning coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea.

The PJ Lounge serves champagne and champagne cocktails. With its elegantly decorated forest-green wall and matching sofas with Fuchsia pink throw cushions, it is a feminine room with soft lighting and hand-stitched green carpet bearing the distinguished motifs of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque.

The restaurant ThirtySix is the domain of Nigel Mendham a graduate from a Michelin-starred hotel restaurant in the Lake District. His cuisine is described as "modern British with a classical twist".

Local sights include Buckingham Palace and such exclusive stores bearing royal warrants as perfumerie, Floris; handcrafted shoemaker, John Lobb; and hatters, Lock & Co.

Rates: from £360
Tel: 0207 491 4840

Last updated: 11:39am, January 19 2012