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Shuborna Rahman gets pampered at the luxurious, St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

Posted: 10.03.14

There are hotels; and then there are Taj Hotels. The epitome of class and grandeur, each of their elegant hotels has its own sense of refinery, and the St James Court, A Taj Hotel is no exception. Situated in one of London’s most exclusive addresses, the hotel is a neighbour of Buckingham Palace, located at the foot of iconic surroundings such as Westminster and the excitement of Theatreland. A stay here therefore is guaranteed to be a treat. Dating back to 1902, the impressive property was a regular spot for the royal family to entertain Heads of State, but this year it was acquired by The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces group, who have brought it up-to-date introducing 338 luxurious guest rooms and a choice of suites. As you enter the grand lobby you cannot help but marvel at the rich history and magnificent architecture of the surroundings.

The junior suites are an excellent choice for a weekend away and are spacious enough for families to enjoy. Dining is exquisite with a choice of options. Bistro is a stylish restaurant with a chic and contemporary seating. As can be expected from the Taj brand, the cuisine is immaculately prepared and the menus offer a vast range of choices. Dishes include classic south Asian signature dishes such as fiery Rogan Josh Lamb Shank and appetisinf Palak-Paneer.

The restaurant also provides a fine balance of British specials and classic grills with good old favourites such as chips with mushy peas. Fish is a speciality and the sea bass I opted for was superbly textured and tantalising. Afters consist of classic desserts such as a pear and blackberry crumble and assorted fruit puddings but for those who want to try something unique, the deconstructed tiramisu with coffee soil and edible flowers tastes absolutely heavenly.

The hotel also has a strong holistic focus and has its own Wellness Centre shared with the adjacent Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, also a Taj Hotel, providing the perfect space for tired bodies to unwind and relax. Sitting neatly in the middle of the courtyard both hotels, all treatments are designed by French therapist Anne Sémonin. I opted for their signature facial which begins with the application of a serum to get rid of dry skin cells, boosting cell renewal, a must for those of us who use the trains and underground regularly! A firming algae mask was then placed on to detoxify, and 45 minutes later I found my skin rejuvenated and radiant. For those in need of extra special attention, the 'Me Me Me Time' is a wonderfully appealing treatment consisting of an aromatic sea salt scrub and hydra express followed by a foot therapy pedicure and manicure – utter bliss!

Other luxuries unique to the hotel include the hire of a selection of British classic cars. St. James Court has access to an extensive fleet of exclusive vintage and classic vehicles, including the Queen Mother's favourite Jaguar DS420 Daimler limousine.

And whilst you might not be popping into Buckingham Palace for a cup of tea with Her Majesty, the hotel’s 24 Karat Gold Afternoon Tea is equally as impressive. Accompanied by a rare champagne that combines flakes of pure 24-karat gold with premier cru champagne, it takes afternoon tea to a whole new regal level.

Whether you’re after somewhere to get pampered on your birthday, or for a special occasion, a day at St James is guaranteed to be a majestic experience from start to finish.

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