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./


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