Set in the heart of royal London, the ultra-luxurious 5 stars Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences combines classic elegance with a warm, inviting atmosphere and the most attentive staff to ensure your stay is the best it can be. What’s more, with Buckingham Palace (0.4 km) and St. Jame’s Park (0.5km) on its doorstep, the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the very best must-see attractions in the city.
The hotel, housed in a Victorian building also features an award-winning Shakespearean Courtyard just in front that makes for a grand entrance. Comprised of luxury suites only, the building is sympathetically restored making the most of its heritage, yet feels contemporary and features modern amenities.
Each room tells its own story – from the Kings Deluxe Junior Suite to the very popular Jaguar and Cinema Suites and Prime Minister’s Residence, they all offer unrivaled luxury and bespoke service, making it perfect whether it is for a weekend or a prolonged stay. The rooms feature kitchens with ovens, hobs, the latest coffee machines, as well as a washing machine-come-dryer.
Hotel facilities include a Wellness Centre that has a variety of wellbeing programs to relax and rejuvenate, the therapists focus on ‘made-to-measure’ programmes and they are specifically tailored to the guests’ exact requirements. Try the Malaysian Bamboo Message, a deep massage that uses various pressures with bamboo alongside the palms to truly de-stress the body and mind.
The Wellness Centre also features the Dar Blo Bar, a salon that specializes in an ‘express glamour service’ from a blow-dry to a cut and restyles they have you covered. If you have a special event or wanting to treat yourself they also have VIP Makeover packages available on request. Stylist to the stars, Dar has teamed up with celebrity makeup artist, Armand Beasley to create a personalized hair and makeup service for the most discerning guests, with clients from international royalty to Hollywood icons.
Wellness Centre Opening Times: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 20:30; Saturday – Sunday 08:30 – 19.30; Bank Holidays 08:30 – 18:00 | Dar Blow Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
Accommodation Focus: Jaguar Suite: Famous Design Director Ian Callum actually oversaw this ultra-spacious two-bedroom Jaguar Suite. One of the most loved suites in the building, especially for the car lovers, it features on the very best – from commissioned furniture to artwork. What’s more, it has the most attentive butler to cater to your every whim. Like the Jaguar, the suite has captured a timeless elegance. Spanning 1,832 square feet, you will spot references such as the minimalistic clean-fuel fireplace alluding to the shape of the brand’s signature rear window and the ebony veneer doors.
Exclusive to the Jaguar Suite include: Chauffeur driven Jaguar XJ, Complimentary bar fully stocked on arrival, Full butler service, Breakfast, Internet, Discreet and courteous butler service, Fully-equipped kitchen, Children’s amenities on request, DVD player and DVD library, 24 hour complimentary access to Fitness Centre, 24 hour access to e-centre, 24 hour in-room dining, 24 hour Reception and Concierge desk and Twice daily maid service.
Food Focus: Around The World In 80 Tastes: Truly exceptional, this fine dining experience is an absolute must-try. Inspired by the travels of English explorer Phileas Fogg’s journey from London, through India in 80 days, this is a super-exclusive dining experience that offers the best of British and Indian cuisines that blend beautifully. Not set in only the one restaurant, diners travel across the Taj’s restaurants (all on-site, so the walk takes under a minute) and this heightens the experience.
It begins at 6.30 pm with champagne, three varieties to be exact, showcasing Laurent-Perrier’s finest (vintage, rose and brut) and canapés paired with each one. Followed by this, diners are presented with a trio of starters at the Bistro at St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, which is conveniently located just across the beautiful courtyard. This menu in particular, which is designed by Executive Chef David Tilly, highlights the diversity of cosmopolitan London.
Next is the Michelin star restaurant, Quilon and here you will find the very best Indian food in London. The menu is delicious and extensive, offering the signature Quilon Fish Curry and the Fisherman’s catch with Malabar paratha, all paired with white wine to compliment the dishes (as you would expect it has award-winning wine and beer lists).
Kona is the last restaurant and is set within the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences. It brings diners to contemporary Europe, with classic dishes on the menu such as melt-in-the-mouth lamb and a deconstructed lemon meringue to finish. In keeping with the hotel, again only the very best is used – the finest, locally sourced, sustainable and organic ingredients are used. All the restaurants offer the most delicious food, warm ambiances, and unsurpassed service, making it difficult to choose!
In short, for a hotel that combines true style, real substance, and an unparalleled service look no further than Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences. It is one of the finest hotels in the city.