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St James's Hotel and Club
Exclusive 5 star hotel and club that was home to Ian Fleming.
Location: 7-8 Park Place, St.James's, SW1A 1LS
Description: This 5 star hotel is a fabulous club and hotel once frequented by Sir Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming even lived here a while.
It was founded by English aristocrat Earl Granville and Marchese dAzeglio, a Sardinian Minister, after a dispute at the Travellers club. They decided to found a new club intended as a London base for travelling diplomats, right here.
In April 1859, Francis Cavendish sent out a circular from the Foreign Office to every British Embassy and legation to recruit members for the new St James's Club.
Author Charles Dickens wrote of the club: members are elected by ballot, but members of the corps diplomatique, of the English diplomatic service, and of the Foreign Office, may be admitted without ballot, under certain restrictions.
American author Henry James used the Club to study English colloquialisms.
Arthur Sullivan, the composer of the Savoy Operas, was also a member for some years. Other members included actress Liza Minelli, Dudley Moore, Peter Townshend, Sir Michael Caine, Tom Selleck, Sir Sean Connery, Tim Rice, Sir Elton John, Christopher Reeve, Michael Parkinson and Lord Attenborough.