As you’re well aware by now, this year marks Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – a seriously impressive milestone even before you consider her action-packed schedule. With St George’s Day on Saturday 23rd April and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday 2 days before (the 21st) we have rounded up the most patriotic offerings in London so you can eat, drink and sleep like royalty.
What: ‘The Full English’ in a Cocktail
Why: Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing we love more than a classic fry up, even on days when we aren’t nursing a hangover but we draw the line at being able to drink it. Victory Mansion has decided to celebrate St George’s Day by creating a cocktail that epitomises England – ‘The Full English,’ Black Cow Vodka, cherry tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, HP, horseradish, Marmite, crispy bacon and a pickled quail’s egg for garnish, served in a tin of beans. It might take a true patriot to be able to down one of these.
Where: 18 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, N16 7PL
Boyds Grill & Wine Bar
What: Breathe Like a Dragon
Why: Things are getting a little Willy Wonka reminiscent over at Boyds as the talented kitchen team has create dainty aniseed and spearmint meringues, which are frozen in front of your eyes with liquid nitrogen. Bite into one of them create a deliciously sweet, smoke-like breath shoots through your nose – just like a dragon. They also have a whole dessert bar, complete with DIY Knickerbocker Glories and ice cream frozen in front of you. Bacon and sweetcorn flavour, anyone?
Where: 8 Northumberland Avenue, Northumberland Avenue, City of London, London WC2N 5BY
What: Flame-Grilled St George BRGR.CO
Why: The tale of the Flame-Grilled St George BRGR is one of the most well-known in English history but we’ll recap if you’ve somehow managed to miss it. A fearsome dragon started terrorising a village and when he tired of their sheepish offerings a local knight created a burger made of grass-fed cattle and topped with cheeses from Leicester and Cheddar Gorge to tame him and thus the Flame-Grilled St George BRGR was born.
Where: Various venues in London
What: HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea
Why: When Her Majesty the Queen turns 90 she will be honoured in many ways but none of greater importance as The Queen’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea from The Goring. To give you a taster there will be a Choux Bun in Her Majesty’s image filled with vanilla butter cream, rose flavoured crème chiboust, topped with a fluffy pastry crown and sporting a royally crimson rose petal robe.
Where: Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW
Heliot Steak House
What: 24 hour Traditional Roast Marathon
Why: In celebration of St George’s Day, nothing flies the English flag more so than a traditional Sunday roast. From midnight to the turn of the new day, Heliot Steak House’s 24-hour roast marathon promises to be a seriously British event, celebrating British beef, Yorkshire puddings, lashings of gravy and all the trimmings. Proudly serving the country’s best, this is an all-round English celebration not to be missed!
Where: The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH
The Nadler Victoria Hotel
What: Hotel Stay Fit For a Queen
Why: This May and June, in celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday, The Nadler Victoria Hotel is offering guests a ‘Regal Package’, including a luxurious overnight stay, complete with a host of royally-approved perks. Fortnum and Mason biscuits, Penhaglion scents and Fulton umbrellas have all received royal warrants for their favour and service to the Royal Family. Quite simply, the Queen would never been seen without them so neither should you.
Where: 10 Palace Street, Westminster, SW1E 5BW
What: King Crab Royale
Why: Her Royal Highness deserves nothing but the best for her 90th birthday, and the best is exactly what One-O-One are serving up to celebrate. A dish made of the finest ingredients including gold leaf, caviar, quails egg’s, British asparagus and the star of the show, Norwegian Royal King Crab. Of course, what’s a queen without a crown? The dish will be served in the shape of a crown fit for a queen – the perfect way for foodies to celebrate our longest reigning monarch!
Where: 101 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RN
The Arch London
What: An afternoon tea as British as they come
Why: Who says the royals are the only ones who should be treated as, well, royalty? Royal Afternoon Tea at Arch London will see guests treated to a host of special dishes, including chicken liver parfait with spiced fig chutney; and rare roast beef, watercress and crispy shallots. Not quite British enough for you yet? In a nod to Wimbledon – the most British sports event of all time – Eton Mess will sit alongside Victoria Sponge and strawberry tarts on the dessert menu.
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD
The Jugged Hare
What: Seriously Meaty Feast
Why: St George’s Day is one of the most English days of the year, and Great British Beef Week sounds like one of the most British weeks of all time… put the two together and you’ve got some top notch patriotism. George may have slain a dragon, but The Jugged Hair are challenging you to slay their Crusaders Feast. Gather 4 of your bravest friends and dig into 900g braised Suffolk venison shank, 1.4kg Shorthorn Jacob’s Ladder and 1.2kg Longhorn Tomahawk steak, all on top of sides including chips and smoky bacon. Huzzah!
Where: 49 Chiswell Street, City of London, EC1Y 4SA
COMO Metropolitan London
What: A Chance to be as Stylish as The Queen
Why: Every time the Queen is out and about she’s wearing a new, fantastically colourful outfit – her clothes are always on point. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to own such an extensive and vibrant wardrobe, but Metropolitan by COMO are offering the chance to gain a whole new wardrobe created with the help of a professional stylist during a two-hour session. Add to that a personal fragrance and plenty of cocktails and you’ve got an experience to remember.
Where: 19 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1LB
Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings
What: An in depth look at London's favourite spirit
Why: There’s few drinks more British than gin. It’s our capitals favourite drink and the tipple of choice of our fine airmen in the RAF… but how much do you really know about it? Thankfully, Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings are offering the chance to learn all the ins and outs of this national treasure – the outss being the history of the spirit, the ins being putting lots of it in your body). Hone your skill by shaking up a cocktail before you leave and then take to the streets and spread your new-found knowledge to all.
Where: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
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