The Throne room at St James's Palace. Image courtesy: Reuters
If you're heading to London for the Olympic Games next year, the Royal Court has opened up its doors to accommodate you from July 27 through August 12, 2012. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to let out rooms at St James's Palace and Leeds Castle in Kent to organisations. Apparently the catering too will be taken care by Palace staff.
St James's Palace was built between 1531 and 1536 and was a residence of kings and queens for over 300 years. Now it houses the offices of several members of the royal family including Prince William and Prince Harry. It is often used for official functions and is not open to the public.
Evidently, London authorities are working in full-swing to get the city ready for the games. Even Lakshmi Mittal has contributed to the event by sponsoring a viewing tower.
What You'll Get at St James's Palace
The palace's Throne Room - which comes fitted with the monarch's throne - its Tapestry Room and the Queen Anne Room can be rented to host a lunch, dinner to drinks for 500.
The palace, which is pretty close to Horse Guards Parade, the site for beach volleyball games, is also offering exclusive tours of the place.
So if you're a sponsor or hold a royal warrant, you can check in to any of the three rooms of the palace for a whopping £30,000 (approx Rs 24 lakh) a day.
But if you aren't and are willing to shell out some more cash, the Queen will let you stay at Leeds Castle in Kent.
What to Expect at Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle. Image courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images
Cocktails served by a butler at dusk, a chauffeur service and food prepared by Michelin-starred chefs are some of the services on offer. The castle, a two-hour drive from the Olympic stadium, can host banquets for up to 100 people and keep them entertained with jousting, hot-air balloon rides or even driving a nearby steam train.
The uber luxurious rooms here will relieve you of about £62,500 (approx Rs 50 lakh) a day or you could opt for the entire castle for £1million (approx Rs 8 crore) through the 17 days.
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