I am feeling like royalty staying at the St James Court Buckingham Gate. Just a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace, the West End, Westminster and Mayfair, St James Court is the perfect central location to explore London Town.
Originally built in 1897 St James Court was the London home for visiting aristocrats so I thought I'd oblige when they asked me to drop in! Quintessentially British with a spicy Indian twist, the hotel is owned by the award winning Taj group, who is internationally renowned for providing the finest hospitality experiences.
After checking in I am shown to my very spacious suite. I manage to suppress my sleepy jet lagged desire to collapse immediately onto the bed. Instead I wander outside in search of fresh air and a leg stretch and am rewarded by the colourful spectacle of the changing of the guard... right outside my door. Jet lag forgotten I am moved by the pomp and ceremony of my homeland and once again remember that this (and the best real ale in the world) is what makes Britain so great!
Back to the St James and tea in the courtyard which is a stately affair and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Central London. Set around the historic Victorian fountain this al fresco wonderland boasts the longest sylvan Shakespearean frieze in the world and had me agog over my earl grey!
For something stronger to drink head to the chic Zander bar. This is the longest cocktail bar in Europe and has some of the most talented mixologists and bartenders in town. Have a pre-dinner cocktail and then make your way to Quilon for an Indian meal you will never forget.
As a Brit I am very partial to a curry and this Michelin starred sister restaurant to the famous Bombay brasserie does not disappoint. Chef Sriram Aylur brings the wonderful cuisine from India's south west coast to St James. Make sure you book as this place is hugely popular with Londoners and if you're staying at the St James you don't want to miss out.
I loved my stay at the St James Court. Ten out of ten!
For more information, visit www.stjamescourthotel.co.uk.