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The American Bar (Bar, Hotel)

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The Stafford London, 16-18 St James's Place, St James, London, SW1A 1NJ
Cuisine: British
Tel: 020 7493 0111 | Transport: Green Park | Write review

The American Bar Description

The American Bar at The Stafford London is an institution in its own right, with every available wall, surface and square inch of ceiling displaying an intriguing collection of artefacts, knick-knacks and signed celebrity photographs donated by patrons and guests over the years.

The American Bar’s collection of memorabilia was started when an American guest gave Charles Guano – the hotel’s late, beloved Head Barman of 42 years – a small wooden carving of an American eagle. Shortly after, a Canadian guest gave him a small model of an Eskimo. Then an Australian presented a model of a kangaroo,

and so the collection grew and grew.

During the 1930s most West End hotels in London renamed their bar “The American Bar” in an attempt to attract the business of the increasing numbers of North American visitors seeking out American-style cocktails like Manhattans, Sidecars and Martinis. The Stafford London remains one of the few hotels in London that have kept the name.

The American Bar is open daily from 8am until 11pm. Guests can enjoy a light breakfast in the relaxed and cosy interior, or take pleasure in an alfresco lunch in the

charming courtyard in the quiet cobbled mews of Blue Bell Yard or simply relax in the evening with a signature cocktail from one of the best classic cocktail lists in London whilst enjoying a fine cigar. more

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