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Review: the recently refurbished St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

Step inside a new era of luxury at Victoria’s historic five-star hotel

It’s September: the kids are back at school, autumn is on the horizon and change is in the air.

Change is certainly afoot at the historic St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, which recently unveiled brand-new bedrooms in the Almoners Townhouse following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

Award-winning architects and interior designers Dexter Moren Associates have masterminded the room refurbishment in collaboration with interior design consultant Sue Freeman. The result is a breath of fresh air: clean and bright with zesty pops of lime green and purple. It’s quintessentially British but with a touch of New York cool.

The new rooms have luxurious finishes including waterfall showers, Nespresso coffee machines and extra-comfy bedding. There are also plenty of charming little touches such as complimentary macarons and a five-star turndown service. Tranquil views across the terrace and courtyard make it feel as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of central Victoria.

If you can pry yourself away from your lovely bedrooms for more than five minutes it’s worth exploring Taj Hotel’s two bars and four outstanding restaurants: Bistro, Kona, Bank and the Michelin-starred Quilon. However, an absolute must-do during your stay is to sample afternoon tea. Taj takes this most British of traditions and turns it on its head with innovative menus and themes.

The newly launched Jasmine Afternoon Tea is inspired by Taj’s Indian heritage and the kind of exotic fare enjoyed by the Maharajah. Then there’s the Alice Tea Party in Wonderland, which pays culinary homage to Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic with an eclectic – and suitably eccentric – menu of cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches. There’s also plenty of gluten- and dairy-free options so that everyone can enjoy a five-star culinary experience.

‘Since opening its doors in 1902, St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel has symbolised union between Taj’s Indian heritage and timeless British pedigree,’ comments UK area director and general manager Digvijay Singh on the refurbishment. ‘Hosting over 100,000 travellers every year, the renovation marks an exciting new era for the hotel to serve the ever-evolving needs of the modern traveller.’

St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, 54 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF;