October 2010

Crowning glories

The Taj properties in the UK — 51 Buckingham Gate, Crowne Plaza London, Quilon and Bombay Brasserie — embody the unique spirit of London with their gracious, classic accommodation, international staff and eclectic mix of world cuisine

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces has, over the years, come to be recognised as one of the largest and finest hotel companies in Asia. Today, Taj Hotels comprises 16 properties in the UK, Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Australia, the US, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East, in addition to 61 hotels across India.
Taj Hotels's foray into the UK began with 51 Buckingham Gate, which was acquired in 1982. Formerly known as St James's Court Hotel, this establishment is located only minutes away from Buckingham Palace. The hotel's three townhouses comprise 86 spacious suites and apartments with kitchens, and world-class service.
51 Buckingham Gate is home to Quilon, a seafood specialty restaurant that is well known for its rustic coastal Indian fare. Quilon was awarded a Michelin Star in January 2008. It is also the only South Indian restaurant to be receive the Michelin Star and has retained it ever since.
Also in 51 Buckingham Gate is one of the world's most iconic restaurants — Bombay Brasserie. The restaurant is famous for having pioneered North Indian cuisine in the UK. While the interiors are tastefully done up in modern chic décor, the traditional Indian fare is an ode to the vast diversity of the sub-continent, with a wide range of culinary influences: Parsi, Goan, Bengali, Gujarati, North and South India, together with Portuguese and Raj tastes.
In close proximity is St. James' Court, a Taj Hotel — a hotel that combines supremely comfortable accommodation with the latest amenities. The hotel's 342 elegant guestrooms overlook the award-winning courtyard garden, while the state-of-the-art executive boardroom and business centre make it a choice destination for the business traveller.