UK GETAWAY: TAJ 51 BUCKINGHAM GATE, LONDON

Make Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences your base for a timeless, festive trip to the capital this winter

LOCATION >>

Once home to the Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court, it’s safe to say Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences boasts a prime postcode.

With ritzy Mayfair moments away, as well as the swanky streets of Belgravia and Westminster, you’ll experience majestic London at its finest with Taj 51 Buckingham Gate as your base. Buckingham Palace is just a short stroll from the suites, as are the glorious green spaces of St James’ Park and Green Park.

Travel arrangements are easy with both Victoria station and St James’ tube station just a stone’s throw away – not to mention the top class concierge service, on hand at all times to ensure your stay is as safe and stress-free as possible.

STYLE >>

This place has serious style. It has retained much of its original architecture and is typical of its upmarket address. High ceilings, gold-coated furnishings and pristine paintings aplenty – but with a contemporary touch here and there and quintessentially English class at every touch point.

It’s traditional and it’s timeless – but that doesn’t mean to say the guys behind the design haven’t had a bit of fun in the interior process. Suites are individually-designed with contrasting colours and textures – injecting a bit of fun into the place, while remaining effortlessly chic.

We’re visiting at Christmas time – and boy, do they do it well. A glistening gold tree takes centre stage in the entrance hall, with a beautifully decorated fireplace creating an incredibly festive and inviting place to rest those legs after a busy day of travelling.

The Taj style doesn’t stop at interior design. The staff are suited and booted and the service is second to none. From the reception and restaurant staff, to the concierge and spa therapists, they’re all suave, sophisticated and ensure service with a smile from start to finish.

We’re on first name terms by the end of the stay – and our suite is feeling more like home than a quick city stop-over.

HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS >>

It’s the Taj team that really set this place apart. Yes, it’s a plush postcode and a wow property in every respect, but the people who make the place tick deserve a special mention. Whether it’s a glass of champagne on arrival, a tour of the residences, or a tailored itinerary to help you on your way throughout your stay, the team has you covered.

Offered as an optional extra, the hotel’s butler service ensures you’re in luxe hands. Experts can arrange bespoke experiences, top recommendations and travel arrangements 24/7. No request is too much, and that’s what first-class service is all about.

The wellness centre is also worth a visit. A beautiful haven beneath the busy city, offering a mix of both Jiva and Temple Spa treatments. East meets west when it comes to the spa experience at Taj – and upon entering, you’ll be whisked away into another world where relaxing and restoring the mind and body comes first. Pay them a visit after a long journey or a busy day shopping.

LAY YOUR HEAD >>

The suite life done properly – and it’s as sumptuous as it gets. Each residence is refined and regal in its detail – reminding us where we are in the world, surrounded by some of Britain’s most iconic business and buildings.

Our ‘Ministers One Bedroom Suite’ is beautifully-designed throughout – offering a spacious and elegant – yet incredibly cosy – space to rest and retreat.

The expansive living area complete with corner sofa, coffee table and desk – with all the latest mod-cons and gadgets – is a great place to wind down with a glass of wine and a bite to eat – all of which you can find in a seasonal, in-room dining menu.

Our heavenly home takes us to next level luxury as soon as our head hits the pillow. Cloud-like cushions, crisp linen and lovely Temple Spa pillow products make for a starry-eyed snooze.

A sleek bathroom suite offers a spacious place to relax, unwind and get ready for the day ahead; and the fully-equipped kitchen has all your foodie needs covered. Guests planning on staying put during their stay should check out the movie menu with popcorn on tap, should you wish to snack on the sweet stuff throughout your screening.

The in-suite dining options are endless – but it’s also worth checking out the hotel’s well-established restaurants – including a much-loved Michelin-starred seafood spot.

FOOD AND DRINK >>

London’s food scene is ever-evolving and there’s plenty out there to ensure your culinary journey takes you far and wide – but for guests looking to stay local, Taj is a foodie destination all of its own.

St James’ Courtyard is a must-visit – and an Instagrammable spot to say the least. An ornate Victorian fountain takes centre stage, surrounded by porches and pillars amongst the glistening greenery of the yard. Linking up the eight townhouses surrounding it, St James’ Courtyard is a great place for a glass of the good stuff and a bit of alfresco finger food.

Take some time to tantalise the taste buds at Kona – where you’ll find a luxurious breakfast spread in the mornings as well as an indulgent afternoon tea offering with a twist. Suite guests will enjoy a daily a la carte brunch menu boasting all the usual English breakfast favourites, as well as continental options, kippers, pancakes, waffles and some Indian brekkie dishes, too.

The Hamptons Bar is a sophisticated spot with a cocktail menu worth making your way through. Go here for canapés, wine-tasting and champagne flights for special occasions.

The Bistro is perfect for a hearty dinner after a day of sightseeing – offering a seasonal menu of fresh, locally-sourced produce.

Bombay Brasserie explores unique flavours, fragrances and textures – all of which epitomise Mumbai’s diverse cuisine. Go here for inspiring dishes from the sub-continent.

Last but certainly not least, it’s the hotel’s elegant Michelin-starred establishment, Quilon. It was the first South Indian restaurant in the world to win a star, and we can see why. Seafood is at the heart of the menu here, with plenty of innovative dishes designed for sharing.

Guests looking to venture a little further into the city should head to Franco’s on Jermyn St. An upscale Italian restaurant with a focus on pairing fine wine with expertly-crafted plates.

DO THIS >>

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a must visit if you’re visiting over Christmas – particularly for families with little ones. This year’ Taj Buckingham Gate is offering a bespoke Winter Wonderland package, where families will receive a ‘Coaster Pass’ with £30 credit for the nine thrilling roller coasters found in Hyde Park over the festive period.

After a busy day exploring the fairground rides, seasonal shows, ice rinks and market stalls of Winter Wonderland, festive families can settle down in the hotel’s spacious suites – where in-room dining awaits – or supper in the many on-site restaurants.

London has it all when it comes to the holiday season. Whether it’s a stroll along the Southbank’s Christmas markets, shopping on Bond Street or festive shows on the West End, everything is on your doorstep with Taj as your base. It’s the perfect spot for exploring London by foot, and there’s no better time to do so than during December.


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