London’s hotel scene has been busy with renovations this year, and they’re set to continue into 2017. The Stafford will be working on their Carriage House suites, as well as adding a new restaurant next year.
The historic hotel is welcoming Champalimaud Design, a New York company, to redesign the 13 suites over the coming months. They will be aiming to create “an eclectic take on the hotel’s British heritage with designs that offer a contemporary twist on traditional English furnishings”.
The building once had stables, which held Sir Francis Godolphin’s horses.
The twin-section stable doors currently leading to the suites will be replaced in the renovations to make them more soundproof.
The renovations will include the Guv’nor’s Suite, which is on two levels. It will become a two-room townhouse instead. The interiors will feature traditional touches including tweed, velvet upholstery, and free-standing bathtubs.
The Stafford also has another big change in the works for 2017. Their new restaurant The Game Bird will open early in the new year.
It will be headed by James Durrant, who joined the hotel as executive chef earlier this year. Fans of traditional British cooking will love the “best of British cooking” concept. The menu will feature such delights as roast grouse and wood pigeon pot au feu.
The restaurant will have a rotation of pies, stews, and puddings, along with Sunday roast and an oyster menu.
Like the renovations to the Carriage House suites, the food at The Game Bird will put a contemporary twist on tradition. The restaurant space will also get a makeover to go with the new concept. It will be opening in the spring, once the extensive renovations are complete.
It’s an exciting time of change at The Stafford and 2017 is sure to be interesting. Even historic and traditional hotels need to stay up to date.
Photo credits: The Stafford.