‘Capital A-List’ nod for The Trafalgar St. James Hotel and Rooftop bar
The Trafalgar St. James in London has recently renovated its much-loved roof terrace and now houses a new bar and restaurant, simply called ‘The Rooftop’, which offers an elevated view over Trafalgar Square. The success of The Rooftop’s remodelling has recently been confirmed by the venue topping Capital A-List’s line-up of best rooftop bars in the city. The bar’s inclusion on the prestigious list is partially owing to the ‘compelling’ backdrop of skyline icons such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Nelson’s Column.
The hotel also made the list for its seductive list of London-themed cocktails, including the complex and moody ‘Gunpowder plot’ (comprising Sipsmith VJOP, Mondino, Amaro, Grapefruit bitters and Woodsmoke), and for its Asian-infused dishes such as the satisfyingly absinthian lamb cutlets served in a plum and sesame glaze.
The Rooftop’s contemporary makeover was designed by SHH Architects, who married traditional luxe materials, such as marble, to beautifully engineered modern materials, including Millboard’s Smoked Oak decking. The result is a luxurious and welcoming space that will retain its stylish clean lines and textures for years to come. Cocooning visitors from the worst of the elements while enabling them to enjoy the atmosphere was essential to the overall concept. SHH therefore chose premium slip-resistant decking that offered all the good looks of well-sourced timber without the associated rot and algae issues. The bar and restaurant also offer visitors a retractable roof, heaters and blankets, to ensure that al fresco diners stay comfortable and happy, even under the most leaden of London’s infamously grey skies.
The boutique hotel enjoys an extensive cultural and filmographic history and has served as a location for films such as Dr No and The Ipcress File, alongside the more recent Edge of Tomorrow featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Additionally, the hotel was once the headquarters of the Cunard Steamship Company, whose Carpathia famously raced to save the ill-fated Titanic. Today, the Cunard Boardroom has been transformed into the popular Landseer Suite, although it retains many of its original features, including antique oak panelling.
The Trafalgar St. James is an excellent example of significant London real estate and wears its layers of historic importance with understated flourish. The hotel can be found on the south side of Trafalgar Square, and booking ahead is recommended.