2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II, and we're already seeing special offers to coincide with the anniversary.
The Stafford London in St. James’s will be launching its "Churchill – A Commemoration at The Stafford London" package this month to mark 50 years since the death of one of Britain’s most revered statesmen, Sir Winston Churchill.
The package gives guests the chance to stay at the 18th century property--reportedly one of Churchill’s favorite establishments during his time in office, as well as enjoying entry to the popular Churchill War Rooms, the original Cabinet War Rooms and the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz.
Guests will also receive a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2004, a style of champagne that Churchill himself drank. (To this day, there remains a strong relationship between the Pol Roger and Churchill families.) Guests will also receive a hardback copy of London mayor Boris Johnson’s bestselling book The Churchill Factor, which chronicles the life of the famed Prime Minister and the many distinctive facets of his character.
Cigar aficionados can get a 10 percent saving at the well-known James J. Fox, the British cigar merchant, at nearby 19 St. James’s Street. (The shop was Churchill's favorite cigar store where he was a customer from 1900 to 1964.)
The package is available from £550 for a one-night stay, based on two people sharing a Classic Queen room. Additional nights are available from £391. Rate inclusive of VAT and breakfast and is available for bookings and hotel stays before December 31.
As well as strong connections to Churchill, The Stafford London has prominent wartime links for a number of other reasons. Home to the American Bar, one of only two remaining in the capital, The Stafford London was popular with American servicemen stationed on the home front during the Second World War.
Nancy Wake, known as ‘The White Mouse,’ a British agent during the latter part of World War II and a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance, also regularly frequented The American Bar up until her death in 2011 at the age of 98.
The Stafford London’s 17th century wine cellars, complete with 8,000 vintage varieties, are also home to an informal war museum. Used as an air raid shelter in the Second World War, the cellars contain gas masks, propaganda posters, sandbags, helmets and newspaper headlines from the 1940s, left undisturbed for over seventy years.
‘Churchill – A Commemoration at The Stafford London’ package is available from 5th January 2015:
· One-night stay at The Stafford London hotel inclusive of breakfast
· Complimentary bottle of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2004
· A hardback copy of ‘The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History’ by Boris Johnson
· Entry for two people to the Churchill War Rooms
· Chocolate cigar in the room on arrival
· 10 percent saving at James J. Fox the cigar merchant