In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few months you’re probably getting to the yawn and groan stage of royal wedding coverage. Hunker down, it’s going to get a lot worse. Or better still, find that rock now and hide under it. But perhaps you’re the sort of soul who instinctively reaches for a Union Jack at the every thought of a royal wedding? Do you get out of bed when Radio 4 play the national anthem at 1am or collect royal crockery and other regal tat? Then we have a treat for you: all the places holding royal wedding themed events in one place…
The Stag Do
Forget the wedding, over in Shoreditch, it’s all about the stag do. Rumoured DJ of the Royal Wedding Jevanni (very much unofficial) will be taking over the Beatbox bar and if you can prove your name is either Harry or Meghan then you’ll be getting free drinks. The best part? It’s not your stag do and you don’t have to go to a wedding the next day so it doesn’t matter how late you stay out.
Friday 18th May
Royal Tea at The Rubens
Sitting right on Buckingham Palace Road, The Rubens at The Palace Hotel will be serving up afternoon tea with treats such as an elderflower and lemon cheesecake, a chocolate biscuit cake and as a nod to Prince Louis, Jammy Dodgers. Tuck in whilst watching the wedding on the big screen and order A Wedding Story cocktails which is made from Chapter 11 English Whisky, Balblair 99 Bourbon infused sugar cube, Rubens homemade Champagne Vermouth and a touch of Lanson Fizz.
Royal Afternoon Tea
Celebrating both the arrival of Prince Louis and the Royal Wedding, The Petersham has created an afternoon tea which includes the likes of a decadent chocolate biscuit cake and inspired by the wedding cake, lemon curd and raspberry tartlets. Give a toast to the happy couple and new arrival with a glass of Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Champagne, rumoured to be a favourite of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and The Prince of Wales.
Available Now Until 1st July
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
Off the Market
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London have created the Off the Market, a liquid representation of Prince Harry. Raising a respectful hand, Royal Salute 21yo is offset with a selection of vibrant orange ingredients, including saffron and ginger bitters, for a stirred-down and serious take on an Old Fashioned with a playful auburn twist. This concoction’s finish is enhanced and elongated with the intense flavours of Figaro fig liqueur and Carrot Eau de Vie, served in a custom-made hipflask craftily hidden within a book.
The Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate are celebrating with the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea. The Royal tea will start with Coronation chicken sandwiches, before treats such as a zesty elderflower and lemon cupcake, blueberry cheesecake hat and royal seal blue sapphire macaroons, inspired by the engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Add in a glass of Prosecco or Champagne to really raise a toast.
Available Throughout May
Raise a Toast
As well as a royal afternoon tea, Conrad London St James will also be serving two cocktails, the English Groom will combine tea-infused gin with Pimm’s and lemon, whilst American Bride will be a fruity blend of Bourbon, lime, orange bitters and cherry liqueur. And if you’re thinking of proposing then you can book the Propose Like a Prince package, you’ll get a two-night stay in the luxurious Conrad Suite, Champagne and rose petals, Royal Afternoon Tea and even a horse and carriage ride, all you have to do is ask that all important question.
Cocktails available 14th -20th May
Propose Like a Prince available now until the end of 2018
Inspired by the Love Story
Quaglino’s royal four course menu is inspired by some of the Royal Family’s favourite dishes and Harry & Meghan’s love story. Start with a Kir Royale, before moving onto roasted chicken and pistachio ballotine with pickle relish; quail eggs Drumkilbo with lobster and langoustine and clear ketchup jelly; hickory smoked grilled beef fillet and for pudding, a rhubarb and fromage blanc Charlotte with a blood orange sorbet.
Monday 7th May – Friday 18th May
The Royal Wedding Party
You’ve been invited to the wedding of the year…well sort of, you’ve been invited to the recreation which is taking place in the stunning Grade I listed church. It’s time to dust off your fascinators and have your morning dress dry cleaned and raise a glass to the couple. Throughout the day they’ll be live music from Ed Sheeran and Elton John tribute acts, wedding cake decorating, American food, bouquet making, comedy, Champagne and Bourne & Hollingsworth cocktails. It’s just like being at the real thing.
Saturday 19th May
Royal Wedding Pret-a-Portea Masterclass
If you’re planning on hosting an afternoon tea to celebrate the royal wedding then make sure you head to The Berkeley for their Royal Wedding Pret-a-Portea Masterclass, you learn how to create all the things you need, including a wedding dress biscuit and stiletto shoe cookie. After the masterclass you’ll be able to sit down to the Pret-a-Portea in the Collins Room where a few regal bridal designs will take to the cake stand as a limited edition within the SS18 Collection, bringing a touch of stately sparkle to Pret-a-portea for the month of May.
Wednesdays and Sundays Throughout May
Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Royal Cocktails and Brunch
To celebrate the big day, Aster will be serving up a brunch inspired by Harry and Meghan’s wedding breakfast, with dishes such as royal pheasant scotch eggs and an elderflower lemon tart. There’ll also be a collection of six cocktails that pays homage to the fairytale romance and the journey that the couple have been on, including The Lost Bachelor, Markle Sparkle and Botswana Sunrise.
The cocktails are available 14th – 19th May
Brunch is Saturday 19th May
A Royal Hurrah Brunch
Bluebird’s courtyard will be decked out with bunting, balloons and cocktails as they serve up a BBQ brunch, celebratory Champagne whilst showing the event on a big screen. They’ve also teamed up with The Botanist Gin, to create a royal weeding cocktail – the Royal Garden is made with infused rose petal The Botanist Gin, maraschino and rhubarb liqueur, lemongrass cordial, fresh thyme, raspberries and rose aromatic topped with rose sparkling wine.
Saturday 19th May
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Royal Wedding Season
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill will be celebrating the royal wedding with a whole season of royal events. On the day itself head to The Montagu to watch the wedding live and get stuck into a bottomless brunch with plenty of Pommery Champagne, charcuterie, fresh fish, puddings and cheeses. Or drop by one evening in May for the set menu which is a fusion of British and American dishes including mini beef medallion with sous vide lobster and potato puree. Or for the ultimate royal getaway then book one of the royal packages, we have our eye on The Premium Royal British Summer: 3 nights in a luxury Royal suite, Pommery Champagne on arrival, a Champagne breakfast in a private dining room, a picnic lunch in Portman Square Gardens, a bespoke Royal Wedding set menu with Kir Royal cocktail, more cocktails at the Churchill Bar & Terrace, a chauffeur, personalised bathrobes and a royal wedding memorabilia gift, oh and you can take up to five friends.
Bottomless Brunch: Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th May
Royal Set Menu: Throughout May
Royal Packages: Tuesday 1st May – Saturday 1st September
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)
If you’re not going to be watching from the pews of the St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, then why not opt for the second most traditional spot? A multi-storey carpark roof in Wapping. But not any carpark, Skylight at Tobacco Dock has been transformed into a pergola strewn rooftop with a bar, cocktails, street traders and even a lawn. Guests will be able to watch the couple make their vows on the open-air screens, all while playing traditional lawn games like croquet and pétanque.
If anyone knows Mehan Markle then chances are it’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower, after all they’ve actually met her! The princess-to-be was interviewed for the in-house magazine back before she was on the royal scene, so it’s only understandable that they’d be celebrating in style. Head to The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant for what’s become a routine Royal-worthy meal preparation. With its beef, supplied quite appropriately by the Royal Warrant Holder, Donald Russell, for the past four years the restaurant will be celebrating with a royal feast of beef and meat.
Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
Forget the royal we, it's the royal crêpe
No words say ‘congratulations’ like ‘free cake’. Except, maybe, the word ‘congratulations’. EIther way, London crêperie L’Ami Malo have gone with ‘free cake’ with Head Chef William Guillemot hand crafting a multi-tiered mille feuille-style wedding cake. The cake includes layers of crêpes with raspberry flavoured cream, piled high on top of a vanilla and rose sponge base. Finished with fresh berries and roses, anyone dining at the restaurant will receive a slice for pudding free of charge on day of the wedding.
It just feels appropriate to celebrate the royal nuptials with a spot of burlesque, doesn’t it? And Café de Paris, the iconic cabaret club, seems to agree. They’ve put on a special royal wedding special that brings to life the couple’s international love story, incorporating their secret liaisons at Soho House to ‘coming out’ as a couple at the Invictus games to their famous roast chicken proposal. All played out in a bewitching and risqué show.
Where: 3-4 Coventry Street, St James, London, W1D 6BL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
Website: Purchase tickets here
Tea For Two
With Clarence House just a stone’s throw away, Fortnum & Mason have devised their “A Right Royal Celebration” afternoon tea specially for the day of the royal wedding. Sip champagne on arrival before indulging in a full afternoon tea including an assortment of teas, finger sandwiches and home-baked scones served with lashings of cream, curd and jams as well as cakes and patisseries.
A Royal Welcome
The Savoy and the Royal Family have a long and intertwined history, from the highly awkward moment in 1895 when the then Prince and Princess of Wales received two invitations to two luncheons at The Savoy on the same day and ever since the iconic hotel has been associated with royalty. Keeping that spirit alive The Savoy’s American Bar have created a new cocktail, specially for the royal couple, in the form of ‘The Royal Welcome’, a blend of Italicus Rosolio di bergamotto, Bombay Sapphire gin, Champagne syrup, yuzu, peychauds bitters and English sparkling wine. And it doesn’t end there, the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef, Ludwig Hely, in collaboration with Susan Scott, The Savoy’s in-house archivist, has crated the Royal Afternoon Tea, featuring The Queen’s favourite cake (soft chocolate ganache, rich tea biscuits and rum soaked raisins that is based on an authentic historic Royal recipe).
Something For All The (Royal) Family
Ritorno have launched their “The Right Royal Cocktail List’ to mark the royal wedding, with cocktails designed to clebrate all members of the nation’s ‘first family’. Not only are they depicted (see the image of Prince George and Princess Charlotte) but they have also done their homework to find out what drinks they like, combining them with Ritorno’s signature Italian speciality liquors and bitters.
Available until Saturday 19th May
Where: 442 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LQ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Sloane Square (1.2 miles)
Wedding Cakes and Cocktails
Still not got your invite to the wedding? Ours got lost too, but it’s alright because we know another party you can go to and they even have a wedding cake made from mini royal cupcakes. The Long Bar at Sanderson Hotel, will be throwing their own royal party with live music from Monroe, a set from DJ London Haarlem and a Royal Wedding cocktail made from Bombay gin, Earl Grey tea infusion, Pink Lady apples, maple syrup and Champagne. So dress to impress, who knows you might meet your own Harry or Meghan.
Saturday 19th May
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
Website: Get Tickets Here
In any marriage you have to change a little to suit your other half’s family, you might have to tone down your views about how you hate football when you father-in-law is a life -long Chelsea fan, but Meghan, she’s got a lot of preparing to do for life in the royal family. Inspired by this, The Kensington are hosting two masterclasses: Become The Hostess with the Mostess led by Dani Tucker, Founder of the Social Kitchen and Write Like a Royal, a calligraphy masterclass with Suzie Dicker Founder of A L’Aise. Both classes will be accompanied by canapés and sparkling wine and will give you the skills you need should you find yourself ever marrying a prince.
Write Like a Royal: Wednesday 9th May
The Garden Room at The Devonshire Club will be transformed for the royal wedding with an afternoon tea open to non-members and members alike. The classic tea is intended to be sophisticated and glamorous, like the venue, so look forward to some high-end luxury and celebrate Harry and Meghan in style.
Like A Royal Jet Zetter
Sleep like a royal, surrounded by union flags and antique furniture, at the Zetter Townhouse. The hotel will be offering a royal wedding package featuring a package specially for the period including an overnight stay, a ‘Royale Royale’ cocktail each on arrival, a special Royal Wedding afternoon tea with an American twist (Meghan), served with British sparkling wine and the next morning recouperate with a Full English and a copy of the Debrett’s handbook to take home.
Fit For A Princess
By all accounts, Meghan Markle loves by CHLOE, the healthy eating restaurant that’s arrived in London courtesy of Uncle Sam. So how thoughtful of them that they’ve specially served up one of the actress’ most-loved dishes, Poutine (which is French fries and cheese curds topped with gravy). The Canadian delicacy has been veganised, now made with signature Air Baked Fries, Spicy Seitan Chorizo and topped with Cashew Mozz, gravy and house-made Chipotle Aioli. Fit for a princess! And now, thanks to by CHLOE teaming up with Deliveroo so that Meghan can have it delivered straight to the palace.
And now for something a little different… Perfect for the ardent monarchist, the chocoholic or even the tentative cannibal, Bath chocolatiers Choc on Choc have brought out a Belgian milk and white chocolate heart with what looks to be the royal couple printed on the front. We’ve tested it and can attest to its deliciousness! And they’ve also teamed up with Harry’ Bar on Ironmonger Lane to offer one free with every Harrypolitan cocktail sold in the run up to the wedding.
Available with every Harrypolitan cocktail