The 5-Star Rubens at the Palace has a reputation as one of the best Hotels in London. A regal redesign, in keeping with its royal neighbours, has added even more lustre, with original artwork, antiques, custom-made furniture and stunning interiors.

The beautifully restored historic hotel is cared for by a team who take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service and exceeding expectations at every turn. Overlooking The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace – the entrance used by the Royal family – The Rubens showcases exceptional dining journeys and enriching and rewarding experiences, from the very first moment guests are greeted by the red-uniformed doormen.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel

This stunning boutique-style hotel overlooks Buckingham Palace and its mews, and provides exceptional comfort and personal service where no request is too large, no detail too small. The deluxe Rubens is a short walk from Victoria train, Underground and bus stations, and is ideal for Victoria Palace Theatre and Victoria Apollo Theatre. A short walk away are Westminster, Green Park and Shaftesbury Avenue. Each room at Rubens has thoughtful extras as well as homely comforts, while the glass-panelled lounge offers fantastic views of the pageantry and Royal occasions.

Dine in the elegant yet intimate English Grill, embark on a tasting journey of Indian flavours in The Curry Room, indulge in Afternoon Tea overlooking the Royal Mews, or discover two exceptional bars with live music, delicious food, innovative cocktails and drinks experiences.

The Rubens Hotel curate a collection of delicious menus, private dining experiences, exclusive parties and an exceptional afternoon tea for their guests pleasure.

The English Grill

Truly refined and stylish, The English Grill is set in opulently designed surroundings, serving the finest English produce from suppliers that serve the Royal households. Murano chandeliers and a live- action kitchen make for a truly unique experience. The menu offers signature classics, including steaks, plant-based dishes, desserts, and dishes from our Founder and President, Mrs Beatrice Tollman. All meats are grilled to perfection in our charcoal-fired Josper Grill. The glass wall overlooking the pass allows guests to watch some of the action taking place in the kitchen and several of the menu items are served with a theatrical table-side flourish by our skilled waiting team. The dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list, including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our vineyard in South Africa, alongside a beautiful Champagne trolley.

The luxury dining atmosphere makes for the perfect space to host your special occasions. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other key event, the experienced and passionate team will be on hand to ensure that your occasion is marked with the excellence that it deserves. The English Grill is proud to hold two AA Rosettes.

The New York Bar

Renowned for its striking red décor, original artwork, and friendly ambiance, The New York Bar at The Rubens blends traditional hospitality with innovative cocktails, gin-tasting experiences, and live music. Our inviting bar is a true highlight of London Victoria. We also have a Champagne trolley, showcasing a selection to choose from. The talented team, led by the Bar Manager, are passionate about creating a great lounge bar experience through impeccable service, generous hospitality and expert knowledge. There is a delicious bar menu, alongside a cocktail menu which offers a journey from early signature classics through to modern mixology, as well as delicious infusions and table theatre cocktails. The New York Bar provides the perfect setting for luxury date nights, after work drinks, pre-dinner cocktails and laid-back lunch meetings. The bar menu – filled with a variety of tantalising light bites, indulgent sandwiches, and comfort food specialities – offers the perfect accompaniment, whatever the occasion may be.

Enjoy an array of experiences including a Beer Flight, Gin Tasting and Salvatore’s hugely popular Innovative Cocktail’s Experience. (booking in advance is required)

The Curry Room

The exquisite Curry Room at The Rubens serves an inspired three-course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar. Chef Arun and his team will take you on an authentic journey of discovery, blending Indian and African influences. Start your evening with keema samosa, poppadom’s, homemade lime pickle, mango chutney and mint raita. The choice of main dishes includes traditional Indian curries and complete the experience with a selection of desserts, including Indian-influenced Kulfi ice cream. The Curry Room also offers the ever popular Chef Kumar’s Thali, with a choice of three curries from their main course selection.

Afternoon Tea – a ritual fit for Royalty

The Rubens’ pastry team has a reputation as one of the best in London, with an award-winning royal-themed Afternoon Tea that pays respect to this British tradition whilst incorporating contemporary twists. Set in the beautiful Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, the Afternoon Tea offers mouth-watering sandwiches, scones and pastries influenced by The House of Windsor.

To add to this already illustrious experience, The Rubens serves an exquisite Golden Tips tea, placed individually into the teapot with golden tweezers and reputed to be the UK’s most expensive exclusive pot of tea. The Palace Lounge is open and  welcoming guests seven days a week.

On offer is their Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea experience,Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and halal afternoon tea menus are available alongside a Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea. The Palace Lounge is welcoming guests seven days a week.

The Rubens Hotel also offers guests a Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. and Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and and halal afternoon tea menus alongside a Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea, specially designed for children under 12yrs old.

The Leopard Room

Discover The Leopard Room, a spectacular private hire bar at The Rubens at the Palace serving creative cocktails and mouth-watering canapés. Whether you are planning a birthday party or a corporate gathering, an anniversary or an engagement party, The Leopard Room is the perfect venue for a special celebration. Creative signature cocktails and a delectable menu of canapés and bowl food are sure to set the tone for a sophisticated affair.

The Leopard Room caters exclusively for private events, serving up mouthwatering canapés and finger food alongside an array of creative cocktails and an extensive drinks menu. Enjoy a selection of over 200 whiskies and 30 Champagnes against an optional backdrop of live music, bringing a new level of sophistication and elegance to your next event.
The maximum standing capacity for The Leopard Room is 36 people standing or 30 people seated.

Awards and Accolades

  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – Voted No. 31 in Best Hotels in London – 2022
  • Voted in the Top 10 hotels in Victoria – U.S. News 2022
  • One of the Top 40 Hotels in London – Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2021
  • Top 3 Best Urban Hotel – Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2021
  • Food Made Good 1 Star Accreditation – Sustainable Restaurant Association 2019 Commended in Awards of Excellence – Afternoon Tea Awards 2019
  • One of the Top 10 City Hotels in London – Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best’ Awards 2019
  • The Curry Room awarded an AA Rosette
  • The English Grill awarded 2 AA Rosettes


Q&A

Opening times

NEW YORK BAR – Monday – Thursday: 12 noon – 11pm / Friday – Sunday: 8am – 11pm / Pre-theatre
dining: 5pm – 7pm
ENGLISH GRILL –
Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 6.30am – 10am / Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 11am
Dinner: Tuesday – Friday: 5.30pm – 9.30pm / Saturday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
AFTERNOON TEA IN THE PALACE LOUNGE – Monday – Friday & Sunday: 12 noon – 5pm / Saturdays:
12 noon – 6pm
THE CURRY ROOM – Open for dinner: 5.30pm – 10pm (Closed Tuesday & Wednesdays)
THE LEOPARD BAR – Available for Private Hire at any time

Cuisine type

BRITISH, CURRY, AFTERNOON TEA, BAR SNACKS, Private Dining and Events menus

3 things to try when you’re there

English Grill: Tableside specialities add to the spectacle of the occasion, with hand carved meats or smoked salmon being prepared right before your eyes.EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea in The Palace Lounge, adjoining the bar, a magnificent bright open
space with panoramic views of The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s stables.

Book yourself into one of the New York Bar’s experiences: Join expert mixologist and Bar Manager Salvatore Maggio as you learn cocktail-making techniques and master your very own recipes. During the experience, you’ll enjoy a glass of Champagne and canapés.