Hotels  •  Central London

The Rubens at the Palace

39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS

About The Rubens at the Palace

Situated in a prime location, The Rubens at the Palace is opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace and is moments from Victoria Station and some of London’s best shops and restaurants. Attentive staff will make you feel like royalty, anticipating your every need. Find aristocratic grandeur, serene comfort and traditional hospitality, combined with the latest technology. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge facing the Royal Mews.

Each of the beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites and apartments are elegantly furnished with meticulous attention to detail and personal thoughtful touches. Many rooms enjoy views overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Traditional style blends seamlessly with the latest modern amenities, including complimentary Wifi, an entertainment system including interactive TV, a huge selection of on-demand movies and a music library.

Enjoy this traditional English occasion at The Rubens at the Palace overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.

The pastry kitchen at The Rubens is led by our talented pastry chef Sarah Houghting, producing the freshest pastries and cakes for our guests to enjoy. With a reputation as one of the best in London, we pay respect to the tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. Our delicious Royal Afternoon Tea features mouth-watering pastries that are influenced by Royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries.

Our sandwiches, scones and pastries are prepared fresh each day. Please inform us 24-hours prior to your visit of any allergies or dietary restrictions to avoid additional waiting time. VEGETARIAN, VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS AVAILABLE

The Tea’s are supplied by PMD Teas: P.M. DAVID SILVA & SONS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1945 during the Plantation Raj in Ceylon’s world-famous Dimbula Valley. The company was founded on Brunswick Estate in the fertile Maskeliya Valley as a small independent Tea Shop for tea plantation workers to gather, relax and enjoy a quality cup of tea. The business and the family soon expanded to become a specialist Tea Transporter and Plantation Supplier. Today, three generations on, it remains a family company, serving the world’s most sought-after teas that are hand plucked and ethically sourced.

The Rubens at The Palace hotel is now serving an exquisite £500 pot of Golden Tips Tea, which can be sipped overlooking The Royal Mews.

The English Grill at The Rubens at the Palace is opulently designed with a rich royal theme of grandeur with polished silver, beautiful chandeliers and tailcoat waiters offering traditional service at its most welcoming. Experience the finest of dining with the addition of a glass wall which allows guests to catch some of the action taking place in the kitchen. Top quality cuts of meat will be grilled to perfection in the kitchen’s brand new charcoal-fired Josper grill. Using the finest English produce and suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen, the dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our sister vineyard in South Africa.

The Curry Room at The Rubens serves an inspired three course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar. Working closely with Head Chef Kevin Joseph at our sister property, The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, the menu celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India. The intimate and supremely comfortable setting of the restaurant incorporates Rajasthani hand embroidery and rich red colours which reflect the vibrant diversity of the dishes. Our gourmet journey begins with keema samosa, poppadums, homemade lime pickle, apricot chutney, vegetable atchar and mint raita. A choice of mains includes traditional Natal lamb curry, butter chicken, tamarind fish curry and more. Complete the experience with a choice of deserts including Indian influenced Kuffi ice cream. A wide selection of old and new world wine has been carefully selected to complement the dining experience, including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our sister vineyard in South Africa. Popular Indian beer options include Kingfisher and Cobra.

The New York Bar offers signature cocktails with a twist. Renowned for its striking red décor, original artwork and friendly ambiance, The New York Bar at The Rubens Hotel blends traditional hospitality with innovative cocktails, gin tasting experiences and live music. The talented team, led by Silviu Stan are passionate about creating a great lounge bar experience through impeccable service, generous hospitality and expert knowledge. There is a delicious bar menu and Express Lunch menu available. Resident singer Sourya provides the perfect live soundtrack Monday to Saturday from 7.30pm – 11.30pm.

The Leopard Bar, is located directly opposite Buckingham Palace Royal Mews, part of the Rubens Hotel but with direct street access and outside seating. Serving over 200 whiskies and 30 Champagnes against a backdrop of live jazz and swing music, the Leopard Bar will bring a new level of sophistication and elegance to Victoria’s nightlife scene. The iconic Leopard Bars of Mrs Tollman can be found in selected properties around the world – each individually designed and unique but sharing the statement pieces of the Bronze Leopard Structure by Donald Greig. Sumptuous brown leather deep buttoned sofas are complemented by antique pine wood panelled walls by English Craftsmen with glass whiskey display cabinets. The intimate bar plays a selection of classic jazz and a polished yet warm welcome always awaits. In addition to the impressive selection of whiskies and Champagnes, (all of which are available by the glass including Cristal and Krug Rosé), there will be a range of enticing cocktails, from the classic Champagne Bellini to the more adventurous Buddha Punch. For those looking for an accompanying bite to eat, look no further than our famous Steak Sandwich.

Open from Tuesday – Saturday 5pm to midnight.

* The Palace Lounge – 80

* The English Grill – 60

* The New York Bar – 50

* The Curry Room – 35

* The Leopard Bar – 40

Opening Hours

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Cuisine type

British, Curry, Afternoon Tea, Bar Snacks, Sushi

3 things to try when you’re there

Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace

Enjoy the brand new Sushi and Sashimi experience in The Leopard Bar. Dine from set menus or a la carte, pair with exquisite Sake

Savour a Roast of the Day in The English Grill ranging from Roast Chicken on Monday to Beef Wellington on Wednesday and Roast Rib of Beef on Sunday.

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