Tuesday

DUKES OF LONDON

When I saw these images of The Dukes Hotel in St. James, London, originally built as a private residence in the 1780s, I was struck by the perfectly British decor. Today, the venerated Dukes retains its refined Edwardian character, with a touch of colorful flair.

The PJ Lounge is (rather obviously, I think), a champagne bar. The sorbet colors feel modern, while the woodwork and frames keep the mood from becoming too bubbly.

The beautiful outdoor court, walled in racing green trellis.

A dining area is understated refinement, with a blush of orange.

The rooms are all very soothingly under-done - but the woodwork and casegoods are rich.

Black tasseled velvet - a bit glam, as it should be. The martinis here are said to have inspired Ian Fleming's description of James Bond's favorite drink:  the martini, shaken not stirred.


More views of the outdoor spaces. The entrance...

and court. Tea's ready!
/Images/ Dukes of London via Jetsetter/ Orange dining area/ Bar view/ Final outdoor image, via here./

7 comments:

Andrea K said...

Total eye candy! Next time I’m in London, I want to stay at Dukes Hotel! Thank you for introducing me to this lovely hotel.

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

dwellonthese said...

Gorgeous! Looks like a new must-stay place for London. Thanks for the pretty!

jackie jade said...

wow this place is gorgeous! i will have to check it out next time i am in london!
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Danielle {freshquince} said...

Hey Nicole...you're in my hood. Love your home...GORGEOUS! xx Danielle

The Pink Pagoda said...

Oh so gorgeous. Love the traditional English decor with all the color!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I stumbled across your entry in the cool small places contest '12, *swoon*, I love your place! So I was following the link here, and guess what, I worked for Dukes, back in 1989. I loved the newly-refurbished suites at the time and was really proud to show them to prospective guests...
It was very special, and exclusive not just in a positive sense of the word, but the one genius thing was that, on Saturday nights, our working hours at reception often "made it necessary" to spend the night. Management would either pay for cabs or we could sleep in the hotel. Provided there was room... Well, you bet we made sure there were nice suites available for both of us)... Sounds like a fairytale, and it was a real treat, but those nights were really short, like 5 hours or so, which was why we were allowed to stay in the first place...

ArchitectDesign™ said...

beautiful hotel - LOVE that dining room with touches of black and orange. Is this the hotel that back in the day was the infamous hotel featured in the BBC series "the duchess of Duke Street"? Wonderful pbs mini series -similar to Downton Abbey or upstairs/downstairs in a way.

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