Al-Fresco Opera By Reena Patel

An outdoor opera in the courtyard of 51 Buckingham Gate.

The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate invited The Luxury Channel to an indulgent al-fresco dinner under the stars and spectacular opera performance.

Set in a Victorian courtyard at the prestigious Taj Suites and Residences (of which I am a huge fan of since my stay at the idyllic Taj Holiday Village Resort in Goa), this secluded spot made the perfect respite for an operatic night to remember. Featuring an ornate fountain in the centre, flowerbeds and a Shakespearean frieze on the facade of the buildings, this enchanting hacienda transported us to a tranquil haven in the heart of the city.

As we sipped on chilled champagne and sat down to a fine lobster and salmon terrine starter on the veranda, the Covent Garden Strings Company began the first of its four captivating acts. Each delightful scene presented a clever combination of interactive, jovial comedy coupled with the cast’s incredible musical talents. Full of recognisable arias and entertaining ensemble pieces from across the genre, it was a superb attempt to make opera easily accessible to all.

The second part of the a-la-carte terrace menu (inspired by Michelin starred chef, Sriram Aylur at south Indian restaurant, Quilon) was served: a scoop of Pimm’s sorbet to refresh the palate.

We later tucked into a hearty main course of gin braised lamb shank in an olive passatta with chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables and a truffled herb mash. A great selection of wines, including a fruity Chilean red, wonderfully complemented each course to enhance the flavours. For dessert, a deliciously creamy panna cotta with strawberry compote was served as we watched a classic romantic scene from West Side Story being performed on the balcony. Next followed an eclectic mix of vocal pyrotechnics, wild strings and a touch of Last-Night-at-the-Proms for a lively grand finale!

51 Buckingham Gate
Taj Suites & Residences
London SW1E 6AF

Telephone: 020 7769 7766

www.51-buckinghamgate.com