Welcome to The Taj West End Welcome to Heritage and History. Next to the Golf Club and across from the Turf Club track stands. The Taj West End, a lush, 20-acre garden in the middle of Bangalore, a bustling city. The Taj West End is a sanctuary for today's discerning business traveler and offers up an array of cutting edge business technology, and a 24-hour Business Centre. For the leisure seeker, there is plenty to do. Sip drinks under a 125-years old Banyan tree. Laze in the sun. Linger over high tea and let us demonstrate that even though the old days certainly had plenty going for them, the present is even better.
In 1887 Mrs. Bronson opened a boarding house with ten beds. Bronson’s West End, as it came to be known was very successful and eventually took over a second building that belonged to the Secretary of the Race Club and then third building which belonged to the Grenadier Guards, an elite regiment that was stationed in Bangalore at the time. Today’s visitors can still see the regiment’s faded firecracker emblem on the side of the building.
By 1912, the success of Bronson’s West End had made it an attractive investment for the Spencer empire. The Spencers first found success as wine merchants and then expanded into department stores and hotels as they built their business catering to the need of the English upper classes trying to adjust to life in India.
Under the Spencers’ care, the West End truly came into its country club atmosphere. A large dining room and billiards room was added along with a stable, racquet courts, croquet and nearby golf course. Some of the inherently charming features of the architecture were the tiled roofs, distinctive gables, dormers, monkey-tops, trelliswork and intricately carved fascias.