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TAJ 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is a prestigious address that has oodles of brag value, being located a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace in London, UK. It offers authentic luxury experiences in its three Victorian townhouses - Kings, Minsters and Falconers, each designed and beautifully restored to their iconic heritage.The 85 luxurious suites and residences with butler service offer the space and exclusivity of a private home each with their own separate kitchen and living area. Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences reflects the universally acclaimed warmth and personalised service that the Taj is recognised for as one of the finest in the world. Apart from a unique cinema-inspired suite and the world’s first Jaguar-inspired accommodation, the hotel keeps up with the bustling London market, by introducing new, luxury experiences. Created by Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the Cinema Suite is a riot of colours and a journey through world cinema. The 1,832-sq-ft two-bedroom suite with a dining room, study, powder room and kitchen, is designed in tribute to the history of film and takes inspiration from motion pictures across the globe. The suite is inspired most notably by the era of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood and Indian cinema. Guests will find reference to masters like Ray, Coppola and Bergman in the imposing study. The world’s first Jaguar Suite, a collaboration between two Tata-owned companies, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Jaguar, this suite has been overseen by Jaguar’s design director lan Callum. The 1,832-sq-ft, two-bedroom abode alludes to classic and contemporary Jaguar models, from the legendary 1960s E-type to the state-of-the art C-XS. The suite features auto-inspired artwork and displays. ST JAMES’ COURTMeanwhile, to mark the rebranding of St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel this year, the luxury hotel has launched new experiential packages, giving guests the inside scoop on London’s hidden gems and historical landmarks.The Royal Vintage Experience enables guests to explore London from inside a classic vintage car. Take a trip down memory lane in Lord Mountbatten’s Daimler ‘Silver Baroness’; rule the streets in the Queen Mother’s favourite Jaguar limousine ‘Grand Princess’, or visit Downton Abbey in ‘Gabriella’, the Rolls Royce that featured in the popular television period drama.The Royal Vintage Experience blends quintessential British luxury with warm Indian hospitality. It includes overnight accommodation with breakfast, and a choice of bespoke sightseeing tours of the capital’s most vibrant locations – all from the comfort of a prestigious vintage car. Day trips on offer include:London Calling: From Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, to St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, the must-see sights of the capital can seem overwhelming. The St James’ Court concierge is on hand to tailor bespoke sightseeing tours in the guests’ selected vintage vehicle.The Merry Drives of Windsor: Windsor Castle was used as a refuge for the royal family during World War II. Built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror, it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe and today enjoys pride of place as The Queen’s preferred weekend home. The Magic of Harry Potter: Be spellbound by bewitching special effects and authentic sets, and made privy to behind-the-scenes secrets of the popular fiction series with this Warner Brother Studios ‘Harry Potter Tour’. Experience the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and encounter creatures down Diagon Alley.