Venue Review: St James' Court Hotel
The first thing you notice when you arrive at St James’ Court is the cars, I genuinely thought I’d walked into a Land Rover dealer. This is of course, because the hotel (re-branded from a Crowne Plaza in 2014) is owned by Tata, one of India’s largest conglomerates, who also happen to own Jaguar Land Rover cars. Once past the cars the next thing you’ll notice is the opulence, the kind you would expect from a hotel in the same chain as the renowned Taj Mahal in Mumbai.
Built in 1902 the hotel houses 338 bedrooms & suites. Should they not be luxurious enough the hotel has a sister property across the courtyard, 51 Buckingham Gate, where you’ll find 85 5* suites, ranging from the 47sqm Junior Suites to the 380sqm, 2 storey Prime Minister Suite. The hotel has all the features you’d expect at this standard, and numerous of food & drink outlets, including the Zander Bar, which boasts the longest bar in London.
Those looking to host events at St James’s Court have a choice of 17 meeting rooms, with the largest, the Edwardian 1, seating conferences of 180 or dinners of 140. All rooms offer state of the art technology, with the Tata Telepresence suite taking this one step further and offering London’s first public access telepresence technology. The beautiful courtyard provides the perfect backdrop for summer parties, and and the plentiful restaurants offer multiple private dining opportunities, including a private room within the Michelin starred Quilon restaurant.