If St James’s Hotel and Club encapsulates Mayfair, the three words that describe it are Seven Park Place. The hotel’s restaurant, headed by William Drabble, is a master class in boutique elegance. Playing up to St James’s theme of secrecy, there’s an air of quiet exclusivity separating this one from the jostling and noise of the London pack.
Seven Park Place is ‘farm to fork’ haute cuisine; the restaurant’s nine consecutive one Michelin Star wins are proof of this winning formula. It’s an impressive resume for a restaurant that only launched in 2009. Drabble is passionate about seasonal simplicity and a minimal journey to the table, allowing great ingredients to speak for themselves. Signature dishes serve as favorites, but the chef’s love of good food means that every creation is standout.
The restaurant’s plethora of awards come from the full spectrum of industry bodies, experts, newspapers, books, publications and websites. Among them are an ‘AA Notable Wine List Award 2017-2018’ and a ‘Wine Spectator 2017-18 Best of Award of Excellence’. To that end, the wine list is a tome worthy of its high praise. Over 1000 labels from 35 countries plunge the depths of world-class producers’ verticals. Find yourself a bolthole in Wine List Confidential’s Best London Restaurant for Service in 2018.