In the heart of St James's sits a London legend, The American Bar, at The Stafford London, brimming with character, charm and a unique history. During the 1930s, it was the fashion for most West End hotels to rename their bars 'The American Bar' in order to attract the business of the increasing numbers of North American visitors. The Stafford London is one of only two bars in London that retained the name. During WW2, The Stafford London served as a club for American and Canadian officers until 1945. With American friends came American drinks for which the intimate bar is now offering famous classics such as Manhattans, Sidecars and Martinis in addition to American Whiskey. To this day, just to the left of the bar, guests will find a very special, always-reserved bar stool for Nancy Wake, a leading figure in the French Resistance and highly decorated war hero, whose honours include the U.S. Medal of Freedom. Nancy, resided at The Stafford London for two years and would enjoy a daily gin and tonic. One of the most popular cocktails at The American Bar, the 'White Mouse' is dedicated to Nancy who was coined the ‘White Mouse’ by the Nazis who could corner, but never catch her. The bespoke cocktail is made with Saffron Gin, shaken together with lemon juice and honey, and topped off with Champagne. Bar manager, Benoit ‘Ben’ Provost, who joined The Stafford London in 1993, created the cocktail in 2011, the year of Nancy’s passing at 98 years old. Ben met Nancy on countless occasions and has many stories about “Nancy’s Corner” and her time at The Stafford which he delights in sharing.