From the minute you step into the tranquil St James’ Courtyard, every memory of fast-paced London melts away. An ornate Victorian fountain plays in a quadrangle of porches and pillars that glitter with a sea-green faience glaze. Linking the eight townhouses that surround this court is an endless frieze of figures - carved from the bricks that dance right round the quad - reputedly the longest Shakespearean sylvan frieze in the world. It makes a perfect backdrop for al fresco meals and drinks in the summer.
Indulge your taste buds in the lush offerings of Kona. The newest addition to Taj 51 Buckingham Gate will surprise you with luxurious breakfast spread and mesmerising afternoon tea offers like Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea or the Alice Tea Party in Wonderland. The menu marries traditional cooking techniques with contemporary styling. It is unpretentious yet elegant and served in a luxurious environment with a homely, welcoming ambience.
With an air of sophistication, large elegant gilt mirrors and high-backed chairs, the Hamptons bar is the perfect setting for an intimate tete-a-tete. The extensive cocktail list with seasonal and signature specials is complemented by gourmet nibbles and tapas. The exclusive Cellar Room, an annexe to the bar, hosts champagne flights with paired canapes, wine-tastings and other special events.
Having undergone a modern yet classic refurbishment in 2017, Bistro's elegance is perfect for a romantic dinner for two after a day of sightseeing. The brand-new seasonal menu is full of fresh, locally sourced produce and includes delightful dishes such as a traditional London platter, comforting Indian favourites and desserts to surprise and indulge in. The Global Bento lunch express menu offers a mouth-watering choice of six International three-course meal selections, all served in less than 45 minutes - ideal for groups looking for a timely lunch with an excellent value.
Bombay Brasserie specializes in the spectrum of flavors, fragrances, and textures that epitomize Mumbai’s diverse and inspirational cuisine, complemented by classic Indian recipes from around the sub-continent.
Quilon is the first South Indian restaurant in the world to win a Michelin star, which it has retained since 2008. Chef Sriram’s fine dining menu embodies a unique blend of south-west coastal dishes, mostly designed for sharing. Whilst seafood is at the heart of this establishment, the menu is heralded for its progressive interpretation of ethnic game, poultry and vegetarian dishes, showcasing the region’s cultural diversity as well as the award-winning wine and beer lists. The restaurant’s private dining room is a destination on its own, featuring an exclusive entrance, bar and private kitchen, in which Chef Sriram prepares tailor-made meals for one of London’s most unique culinary experiences.