In London, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate hotel’s decadent and unconventional Cinema Suite is a cinephile’s dream. Expect flamboyant decor from Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, echos of Hollywood and Bollywood glamour and some unforgettable art throughout – including an overblown reproduction of the omnipotent Portrait of a Man, by Dutch Master Jan Van Dyke.
There is a hint of what’s to come when the lift doors open to the small corridor that leads to the Cinema Suite. On the wall is a framed poster for Apocalypse Now, signed by Francis Ford Coppola. Inside the suite, and at a time when many hotel rooms err on vanilla, I found the vermilion embrace of the Cinema Suite intoxicating.
The suite’s foyer is dominated by a huge print from Hitchcock’s The Birds, and interior designer Sabyaschi Mukherjee (renowned in India as the founder of popular fashion brand Sabyaschi) has dressed the walls throughout the suite with original posters, vintage mirrors and lashings of gilt.
The suite nods to Hollywood too – nowhere more so than in the study, which recreates the lair of Godfather Don Corleone. Here, a trio of antler heads keeps watch and the illusion continues with a leather-topped desk topped with a Bakelite phone and a portrait of Marlon Brando in character.