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James’ Court A Taj Hotel London is a rather swish hotel set in a beautiful red brick Victorian building just down the road from Buckingham Palace. For both tourists and Londoners, it’s a pretty amazing location to stay, right in the heart of central London, but quiet enough to get a break from the crowds. The building even has a secluded central courtyard which makes for a peaceful place to have breakfast or drinks when the sun is shining.

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The suite we had was huge, with separate lounge area, massive bed and en suite with walk in shower and a bath. The design and furnishings are all fairly standard but it was certainly still luxurious and on the upper floors you get some great views of London from the windows including Westminster Abbey and the Shard in the distance.

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The hotel has three separate restaurants including the Michelin-starred Quilon, serving high end Indian food. We went for dinner at the Bistro restaurant, tucking into juicy scallops and tender lamb with potatoes and gravy. There’s also a spa and lobby bar if you’re in the mood for relaxing.

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Visiting London and want to be at the centre of the action? Then St James’s Court could be the place for you…

54 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF