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If ever there was an excuse for a nationwide celebration, it’s our beloved Queen marking an historic 70 years on the throne. In honour of her Platinum Jubilee, some of the capital’s most renowned institutions are throwing open their doors and hosting celebratory knees-ups, whether it’s Claridge’s delving into their historical archives to reveal rarely seen royal treasures or the Rosewood hosting a courtyard party fit for a royal. Here we’ve rounded up the best royal events in the capital to mark in your diary this June.
Claridge’s Royal Archive Windows
The legendary Mayfair hotel is often referred to as the ‘annexe of Buckingham Palace’, and this new exhibition in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee goes some way to explaining why. The hotel has searched through its extensive archives to unveil a series of memorable royal moments and treasures for the very first time. With a particular focus on the Coronation activities of 1953, items include rarely seen footage of Queen Elizabeth attending a Coronation gowns fashion show at the hotel in her accession year, as well as Claridge’s Coronation Day menus, cocktail cards and memorabilia.
“This is such perfect moment to showcase our archives for the first time,” says Claridge’s Archivist Kate Hudson. “We have so many treasures that reflect our relationship with royalty over the past two centuries that include entries in Queen Victoria’s diaries, fans created by the hotel to celebrate the coronation in 1911, photographs, original menus and letters”.
The pieces from the archives will be on display in the hotel’s lobby throughout June, during which time the Art Deco gem will also proudly fly Union Jack flags across their entrance and add special cocktails to their Fumoir and Claridge’s Bar menus, including the Windsor Rose – which was served at Claridge’s to mark the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 – the Claridge’s Regal and the Royal Stag.
Available throughout June 2022
Hotel Café Royal
Piccadilly Circus’s grandest hotel is playing host to two different experiences to mark the Platinum Jubilee. First up is their Royal Jewels and Afternoon Tea package, where guests will get to go on a private visit to Royal Warrant-holding Mayfair Jewellers, followed by a tour of their collection of royal tiaras and fine jewels. After a chauffeured return to the hotel, they’ll sit down to afternoon tea in the gloriously ornate Oscar Wilde Lounge, during which time they’ll also be given a masterclass in tea etiquette.
Those looking to splash out should opt for The Crown Jewels and Royal Coronation Regalia experience, where you’ll get the chance to stay in the hotel’s two-bedroom Royal Suite and go for a private visit to see the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. You’ll be whisked off to the Tower in the luxury Daimler once owned by the Queen Mother, where you’ll be met with a beefeater who’ll take you on a tour of the grounds, followed by a champagne reception and private viewing of the royal jewels. There’s even the option to add on dinner in a private dining room at the Tower, giving guests staying over the weekend itself the extraordinarily rare chance to be inside a Royal palace and World Heritage site on the days of the Platinum Jubilee.
The Royal Jewels and Afternoon Tea experience is available from 1 June – 1 October and is priced at £1,835, while The Crown Jewels and Royal Coronation Regalia experience is on offer from 1 June to 1 October and is priced at £12,295 per night
The Berkeley’s Regal Prêt-à-Portea
By now, the sartorially-focused afternoon tea at The Berkeley is one of the best-known offerings in the capital, with its artfully decorated cakes and biscuits getting a fashionable new update every season. Now it’s being giving the royal treatment in celebration of Her Majesty, the ultimate icon when it comes to enduring style. For two weeks the afternoon tea will be served with three special creations, each representing one of the Queen’s signature fashion pieces.
One of the monarch’s most summery hats has been crafted out of lime cheesecake, fresh lemon compote and almond sponge, finished off with a flowery garnish. Heritage British label Launer has long been the Queen’s handbag brand of choice – now it’s been immortalised in cake form, made out of a blueberry Victoria sponge iced with mirroir glaze, sandwiched with ivoire chocolate. Finally, her most famous accessory of all – the crown –has been created in vanilla biscuit iced with burgundy, red and white icing. There’s also a special cocktail to wash it all down with: Superbloom (named after the flower installation taking place at the Tower of London), a blend of non-alcoholic gin, earl grey tea, rhubarb and raspberry tonic, topped with Lauren Perrier Rosé Champagne.
Available from Monday 30 May to Sunday 12 June from £79 per person
The Connaught Jubilee Street Party
There are set be street parties held across the length and breadth of the land over that first weekend in June, but we’d hazard a guess that none will be as chic as the one held by The Connaught. For one day only Carlos Place will be transformed into a regal celebration for hotel guests and their Mayfair neighbours, complete with joyous bunting and a jolly British brass band.
Guests can expect long, family-style trestle tables to be set up outside the hotel, featuring all the key ingredients you’d expect from a classic English summer tea party, including cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream. The bubblegum-pink Connaught Patisserie ice cream cart will also make an appearance, dishing up artisan ice cream cones.
The Connaught Jubilee Street Party will run from 12-3pm on Sunday 5 June on Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
Royal Extravaganza at Shangri-La the Shard
This spring, the Shangri-La at the top of the Shard will unveil its biggest décor transformation to date, designed to usher in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Created in collaboration with McQueens Flowers, visitors will be greeted by a four-metre-tall sculpture paying homage to the Queen’s iconic stamp motif in the ground-floor foyer, sitting alongside a contemporary photographic exhibition by the Queen and Royal Household photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas.
Meanwhile, in the hotel’s reception on the 35th floor, an immersive story inspired by the Queen’s most iconic travels over her 70-year reign has been set up, which includes a Kenyan safari tent based on Treetops, the hotel where Princess Elizabeth learnt about the death of her father. Elsewhere there are homages to the Queen’s journeys to Hong Kong, Canada and India throughout the lobby, along with displays of glittering crown sculptures and pop-art depiction of the monarch. To cap it all off, the Ting Lounge will be turned into a fragrant English garden, complete with a ceiling of hanging wisteria.
On display from April until September 2022
Rosewood Jubilee Courtyard Party
If you can’t make it to the celebrations at Buckingham Palace on Sunday 5 June, a visit to Rosewood’s Jubilee Courtyard Party is the next best thing. To mark the occasion, the hotel will be turning its Edwardian courtyard into a traditional street party, with bunting strewn across the belle epoque façade and floral-filled tables.
There’ll even be a thoroughly regal red carpet and ‘royal guards’ on hand to greet guests and escort them to the al fresco afternoon tea, which will be served with bubbles and accompanied by live music.
The Rosewood Jubilee Courtyard Party will be held from 12 – 4pm on Sunday 5 June, with tickets available from £275 per person
The Goring Jubilee Celebrations
Few hotels can claim to have as close a connection to the Royal Family as The Goring – it was here that the Duchess of Cambridge spent the night before her wedding, after all, while during the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 the hotel was filled with visiting royalty from all over the world. The Royal Warrant-holding hotel is hosting a series of different events to mark Her Majesty’s milestone 70 years of service throughout the year.
Their Dining Room restaurant will be reintroducing classic Coronation dishes, inspired by the very menu that The Goring created for those guests in residence for the Queen’s Coronation. Cornet de Saumon Fumé returns as a Smoked John Ross salmon cornet with English wasabi and caviar, while the Filet de Sole Edinburgh has been updated to Dover sole with garnish “Edinburgh” and seaweed buttered Jersey Royal potatoes. For pudding, the Parfait aux Fraises Windsor has been redesigned as a Crown of English strawberry parfait. Meanwhile, in the much-lauded cocktail bar, there’s a special Jubilee Fizz tipple, made with Beirao and Peach Liqueurs and Ysabel Regina infused with Banana, topped with Bollinger Champagne and a fittingly regal flourish of gold leaf.
The Goring’s Jubilee Celebrations will be taking place throughout the year
The Grandest of Celebrations at The Savoy
As Britain’s first luxury hotel, the Savoy has played host to its fair share of royal events over the decades – indeed, every member of the Royal Family has made a public appearance at the hotel at one point in time – so it seems only fitting that they’re going all out to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. Over the Jubilee weekend the hotel will be hosting a series of different events and installations for their ‘Grandest of Celebrations’, with the iconic Savoy sign and public areas dressed in gold, green and Royal Jubilee purple, as well as creeping vine leaves to symbolise their English sparkling wine partner, Nyetimber.
As part of the celebrations, the hotel will be offering its ‘Grandest of Stays’ package, where guests will receive a commemorative limited-edition bottle of Nyetimber and special royal-themed treats, as well as a Great British breakfast and valet parking. There’s a new afternoon tea planned, which will focus on the finest British produce and dishes that have a special meaning for the Queen, while over the weekend the hotel’s musical entertainment will be taken to a whole new level. What’s more, on Sunday 5 June guests can hop onto the Nyetimber 1968 Routemaster Bus, which will be stopping by for one day only to serve up perfectly chilled glasses of fizz.
Jubilee Celebrations at Annabel’s
One of the most glamorous haunts in all of London, Annabel’s remains the only nightclub the Queen has ever visited – she popped in to attend a friend’s birthday party in 2003, where she drank a simple gin Martini, no lemon. To celebrate her 70 years on the throne, the club will be recreating her tipple of choice for one week only, using Highclere Gin.
Other events include a new afternoon tea menu that takes inspiration from Her Majesty’s favourite dishes, including Scottish smoked salmon with lemon butter on sourdough bread, Victoria sponge and Champagne and Pimm’s jelly, and a special breakfast event with Dame Joanna Lumley on 1 June, where she will be joined by historian and writer Tim Pleydell-Bouverie to discuss her book, A Queen for All Seasons.
The Jubilee Celebrations at Annabel’s will take place from 28 May to 5 June
The Ritz’s St James Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Over her illustrious reign, the Queen has been spotted numerous times at the Ritz – this was, after all, where she chose to hold her 80th birthday celebrations and the hotel even has a sumptuous events room named after Her Majesty. In honour of her Platinum Jubilee, the team behind London’s most famous hotel are partnering with English sparkling wine brand Nyetimber on Saturday 4 June for a reimagining of their iconic afternoon tea.
Hosted on Jermyn Street as part of their Jubilee Fete, guests can hop aboard the Nyetimber 1968 Routemaster Bus to sample the world-renowned tea offering, specially created by Executive Chef John Williams MBE and his brigade, which includes a selection of finely cut finger sandwiches, a freshly baked scone with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam and – exclusively for the Platinum Jubilee – a Petit Gateau of Strawberry with Vanilla Chantilly. It will all be washed down with a glass of one of Nyetimber’s sparkling cuvees.
Available between 11:00-18:30 on Saturday 4 June from £35 per person