The ‘English Classics, Reinvented’ series give literary classics a new lease of life as Taj partners with contemporary British artists to create a selection of limited edition covers for UK's best loved tales. The first of the series, the bespoke 150th Anniversary Limited Edition print of Lewis Carroll’s iconic classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was unveiled at the Tata sponsored Hay Festival 2015, one of UK’s largest literature gatherings.
In tribute to the literary legacy of St. James' Courtyard and its Shakespearean brick frieze, the hotel serves a seasonal Shakesperean menu, while The Hamptons Bar has reinvented classic cocktails with a twist, introducing Shakespearean cocktails for every month of the year, from the Macramble and Ophelia’s Bloom to The Tragedy of Julep Caesar and The Taming of the Sea Breeze.
The Hamptons Bar also toasts topical literary themes with one-off events like the Shaken, Not Stirred Martini Masterclass, celebrating Fleming’s work.
From his first spy novel, Casino Royale, in 1953 till his death in 1964, Fleming resided at 16 Victoria Square, a short walk from the hotel. The building the real MI6 occupied from 1927 to 1967 lay at 54 Broadway, a couple of hundred yards from us, where the solid brick walls and bartender alike have kept many a secret over the years.