Where to celebrate World Martini Day tonight (and how to order)...Dukes Bar, Dukes Hotel, London. Legendary, iconic and home to some of London’s finest martini makers, Dukes Bar is a ‘must do’ for any serious martini connoisseur.
The best martinis in London: the iconic, the decadent and the budget…THE MOST ICONIC: DUKES. Think of a martini and a thought of James Bond won’t be far away. If you want to get a little closer to the fictional character, this St James’s hotel bar is the place to come.
How to celebrate National Martini Day...We’re not suggesting that you follow Parker’s example at any of the bars where we most like drinking martinis, such as Dukes Hotel in St James’s.
Picnic weather...Give Dukes St James London 24 hours’ notice and they’ll send a butler to serve you a picnic in nearby Green Park, with blankets, hot-water bottles and a hamper of fine food.
A BIRTHDAY PICNIC FROM DUKES ST JAMES, LONDON... The reason for this direct order was because I was surprising my pal Suzy with a picnic from Dukes St James London for her birthday. And rain, I’d decided, would not be a good accompaniment.
Picnic in Green Park with Dukes London Mayfair Hotel… I was lucky enough to get to experience one of these wonderful Dukes London picnics a few days ago. The concept is simple. For £35 per person you get a delicious spread of cured ham with asparagus, soft egg with caper mayonnaise, courgette, basil and goat’s cheese muffins, lamb kofta, artisan cheeses and my personal favourite, giant scotch eggs.
London's Best Posh Picnics…Dukes Hotel...This is such an indulgent a picnic you get a butler to lay out the mats and pour the champagne. Dishes include a mackerel salad (divine) and shortbread so good you’ll want to run off with the pastry chef.
ABOUT TIME: YOU DRANK ALL THE BUBBLY COCKTAILS IN LONDON...16. Classic Fizz: Dukes Hotel: Why: Hidden down a quiet cul-de-sac in upmarket Mayfair, this luxury boutique hotel has the most incredible bar with great Martini cocktails and a seriously cool vibe. Very James Bond. Come for one of their classics, now famous all around the world, or the Vesper Martini that will knock you for six, but leave you very happy.
Banking on a great weekend...If you’re a city dweller, how about spending the bank holiday weekend in the heart of London? Cue Dukes: the perfect package for the foodie in you. Dukes has launched its bespoke spring and summer Picnics in Green Park. For £35 each, Dukes will arrange a gourmet hamper with private butler service to be set up in your desired location in Green Park, at a time to suit you.
DUKES Hotel…We were invited to sample the delights of DUKES Hotel. Located at 35 Saint James' Place, this magnificent building is tucked away in its own private courtyard and immediately lets you know that you will be in for a grand affair.
FOLLOW IN ROYAL FOOTSTEPS WITH BRITISH HERITAGE WALKING TOURS AT DUKES ST JAMES LONDON...Explore the heart of historic London this summer with five-star boutique hotel DUKES ST JAMES LONDON’s new British Heritage Walk offering, designed for the whole family to enjoy together.
DUKES ST JAMES LONDON offering Bespoke Picnics in the Park...Renowned for embracing all that is British, this spring DUKES ST JAMES LONDON is proud to re-launch its bespoke Spring and Summer Picnics in Green Park, from 3rd April 2015, with gourmet hamper options including private picnic butler service exclusively for guests looking for a quintessentially luxurious English experience.
Stanley Tucci's My London: The actor stocks up on coffee at Whole Foods and downs martinis at DUKES Bar
Picnics in the Park…Proudly situated on the fringe of Green Park and also a mere stroll away from Hyde Park, DUKES London’s picnic service is the most relaxed option for those who simply want to treat themselves.
Have a picnic in London parks with butler service...Dukes St James London has relaunched its Spring and Summer Picnics in Green Park, a short walk or cycle from major sights including Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, along with world famous shopping areas such as Bond Street and Oxford Street.
Dukes St James introduces one for the kids...Luxury London boutique, Dukes St James London, had added a special children’s package to its offering in a bid to provide new experiences for families.
DUKES is the kind of place where you breathe a sigh of relief as soon as you walk through the doors. It’s beautiful, elegant, quintessentially English but without being overly stuffy and formal.
If you were inspired by National Picnic Week, then why not order a hamper from Dukes St James’s and relax in one of the Royal Parks with your personal butler.
Recognising the trend for tea infused alcohol, vintage-inspired drinking parties, and the consistent demand for afternoon tea, DUKES ST JAMES LONDON has launched ‘G & Tea’ a brand new afternoon tea experience combining two of the most recognised British traditions: the afternoon tea and the Gin and Tonic.
Dukes' Martinis are served chilled straight from the freezer, no ice needed. Rumour has it that Ian Fleming came up with James Bond's 'shaken, not stirred' line at Duke's Hotel, say no more. Plus bar manager Alessandro Palazzi gets extra points for his charm, and for being one of the first to use Highgate's now cult-status earning Sacred Gin in his.
Famed as Ian Fleming’s local, it is said that Dukes Bar is the inspiration behind the expression ‘shaken, not stirred. Here, it’s all about the Martinis.
Right on the edge of Royal Green Park sits Dukes Hotel; a gorgeous London wedding venue that's British to the core. With a full license for both civil ceremonies and partnerships, you and your guests can relax and enjoy your entire day in our luxurious, opulent surroundings.
Created by head barman and martini guru, Alessandro Palazzi, the martini consists of aromatic Rose vodka, fresh chilli, strawberry liqueur and cranberry juice paired with cordial lime and finished with a rose petal.
A father and son purchased the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MK 1 with the intentions of restoring it to its former glory unaware of its impressive history. It is fitting that Dukes St James is the chosen venue for this event. “Ian Fleming is often referenced with the hotel.” said Managing Director, Debrah Dhugga, “so it seems fit to host this special event at Dukes Hotel.”
Elegant and refined, it’s the epitome of classic British style – think Mr Selfridge-style shuttered mahogany lifts and uniformed doormen – and the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a day in town.
Thanks to fashion’s finest recently opting to make Mount Street their new home, Mayfair is more firmly on the style map than ever – and Dukes Hotel in St James is joining in. The general manager Debrah Dhugga has created a list of her ultimate local shopping contacts, taking in shoe stores, designer boutiques, high-street staples and even the neighbourhood’s best grocery shops to offer guests a curated personal-shopping service.
If you've done something TERRIBLE and need to make amends, this might just be the ticket: Dukes Hotel St James sends a butler out with its picnic hampers. You'll tell them when and where exactly in Green Park you want to go, and once you arrive (you can borrow a hotel bicycle), your picnic will be laid out like a page in a story book. Your tea will be poured, your champagne will be served and your poached salmon sandwiches will be presented on a platter. The best bit is they then leave you to it - and, once you've finished, reappear to whisk it all away so you don't even need to find a bin.
Despite it’s name,and association with Ian Fleming (this was his favourite bar, thanks to the peerless martinis), DUKES is the perfect place for a woman to stay, with well-stocked bathrooms and tranquil bedrooms, all overseen by a female General Manager.
The hotel is hidden away in a secretive courtyard just off St James's St – close to Green Park and the luxury shops of Mayfair … this is an expensive hotel but the sanctuary-like location, friendly staff, inviting bars and tranquil restaurant make a night here feel like money well spent. Wi-Fi is free. Read the full review at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotel/64098/Dukes-St-Jamess-London-hotel-review.html.
007’s creator may no longer prop up the bar, but step inside this iconic Mayfair hotel, and you’ll find a spoil-yourself treat – in a central London location that can’t be beat. Nestled on the edge of Green Park, Dukes is a five minute walk from Buckingham Palace, super-close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, and easy bag-carrying distance from the shops of Oxford Street. See, even Bond couldn’t have uncovered a better base camp than that.
The signature drink is the Vesper martini, in honor of Ian Fleming who drank here and, legend has it, came up with Bond’s signature beverage and “shaken, not stirred” instructions here ... Let the newfangled show ponies compete. It doesn’t get much better than this ... Dukes wasn’t the only place I visited in London where the drinks were that pricey, but it was the only one where I felt it was justified.
The Dukes London in St. James features classic and contemporary design and is located in a quiet courtyard in the heart of Mayfair. Guests can enjoy boutique intimacy in a calming atmosphere of warm colors and comfortable, stylish furnishings, along with an impressive art collection. The Dukes' 11 hotel suites were refurbished and redesigned by leading UK designer, Shaun Clarkson, known for his contemporary and creative approach. The hotel also features a Drawing Room and Conservatory, gym and health spa, three meeting rooms, and elegant wedding facilities.
DUKES London concierge Ian Steiger provides recommendations on what to do in and around London
As befits its name DUKES Hotel has its own special style and grace. English charm combines with superb service and understated luxury to make guests feel as if they are staying in a private townhouse.
Dukes Hotel perfectly positioned in the tiny neighborhood of St. James has a rich and royal history. The area and hotel, discreetly located on a tiny road in a private courtyard, have been equally alluring for local artists, writers and global sophisticates for over a century.
For both business and pleasure, cigar bars first made their comeback in London, where boutique hotel DUKES London welcomes stogie-loving guests in the Cognac and Cigar Garden. The secluded patio behind the hotel offers a long list of cognacs to accompany the Cubans.
The Dukes London hotel has created several initiatives catering to women, including 19 new Dutchess Rooms (right) with fresh flowers, women’s magazines and size-appropriate slippers and robes and female staff members who are escorts at check-in.
Housed in a classic London red brick building (where a Union Jack may be waving above the front door), rooms are decorated in varying styles, but British flair reigns supreme, with wingback chairs, ornate mirrors, and towering wardrobes. THIRTY SIX restaurant is helmed by Chef Nigel Mendham and serves an early dinner for visitors headed to the theatre.
Dukes Hotel is located in a hidden courtyard off St James's Street. The service is traditional and pleasant - expect deferential butlers, maids and valets to tend to your every need. Some rooms overlook St James's Place, but book the penthouse for the ultimate, royal views: Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Spencer House.
The hotel is just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, so do as the queen would do and enjoy some afternoon tea before you martinis arrive.
After a speedy clearing of customs and a seamless train ride in, I dropped my bags in my sleek yet traditional suite at The Duke's Hotel, then ran downstairs to Duke's Bar. Well-heeled British business boys, Mayfair bankers and hedge fund folk have been known to have the patience of saints as they line up nightly, wrapping themselves around the building in search of the city's best made martini.
There's a new signature restaurant at Dukes London and it's guaranteed to get foodies drooling
As a guest of Dukes London, you can take advantage of their Picnic in the Park deal where four people eat a meal, which includes salad, sandwich, water and coffee or tea, and dessert, at the city's serene Green Park.
If your London-bound guests like their luxury cranked up to 11, suggest they stay in a suite at DUKES LONDON, where all 11 hotel suites have been newly refurbished.
After a speedy clearing of customs and a seamless train ride in, I dropped my bags in my sleek yet traditional suite at The Dukes Hotel, then ran down to Dukes Bar ... I felt like a spoiled Bond babe privy to membership in a covert international cocktail club as I seductively sipped this bit of liquid history while watching Britain’s business elite line up outside. I tipped this window of privilege a bit further, nibbling on gorgeous green olives imported from Puglia while planning my next cocktail conquest.
DUKES HOTEL guests never want to check out.
Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, DUKES Bar is said to have inspired the classic Bond movie line, "shaken, not stirred." It's famous for martinis and personalized cocktail creations, which are made tableside by the bartender ... Try Fleming's Classic Vesper: No. 3 gin, Potocki vodka, Angostura bitters and Lillet blanc.
Long heralded as the world’s best place to get the perfect martini, Dukes Bar has been serving up spirits for more than a century. This is definitely not newfangled London. It’s a clubby place, and entering its doors is tantamount to crossing a timeline.
While we were enjoying our champagne cocktails in the sumptuous surroundings, conversation drifted to the royal wedding – rumour has it that the princes are already fans of the famous [DUKES] martini bar. We couldn’t help thinking the champagne bar would be the perfect little retreat for Catherine Middleton and her friends to soothe any pre-wedding nerves.
DUKES Hotel is one of the prettiest of the capital’s grandes dames – it’s no coincidence it was Princess Di’s bolthole of choice for escaping the pressures of life in the Palace ... DUKES new Perrier-Jouet bar is as boutique and beautiful as the rest of the hotel ... the stylish interiors have been designed by Shaun Clarkson to evoke an air of British tradition combined with Parisian chic. Perfect for an afternoon, evening or, indeed, first-thing-in-the-morning drink.
... if you weren't invited to the upcoming Royal Wedding ... you can always get treated like royalty at DUKES - a 5 star boutique hotel in the heart of London's posh St. James area. The hotel's Duchess Rooms are tailored to pamper solo female travellers.
At this St James' institution, customers regularly turn up in black tie… Alessandro Palazzi and his staff mix 150-200 martinis a night, proof that the third golden age of the cocktail has arrived.
Head to ... DUKES Hotel in St. James, where the martini trolley is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Down a cobbled alley in St. James sits DUKES LONDON, an intimate establishment with a reputation to match. The bar ... is famous for miraculous Martinis, the perfect way to start a secret liaison.
DUKES LONDON located in central London promises that any jet-setter will be treated like royalty in this palace, neighbouring some of London’s most prestigious restaurants, high-end stores, galleries and magnificent theatres.
It’s a beautiful hotel, charming and understated, discreetly tucked away in a private courtyard in an ultra-quiet street between Mayfair and St. James.
Immaculately clean and decorated in low-key traditional style ... this is where Ian Fleming was inspired to coin James Bond’s immortal line – “shaken not stirred”.
“If it wasn’t for Mr. Ian Fleming, I wouldn’t have mixed so many Vodka Martinis – shaken not stirred” said DUKES barman Alessandro.
... the superbly refined DUKES Bar for the ultimate Martini, made at your table.
The DUKES seems to pride itself in hiding it’s light beneath a bushel, from its quietly attentive service, including a concierge, to its almost secret location.
Nestled in a tranquil courtyard between St James and Green Park, you almost forget you’re in the capital when you walk up to DUKES.