With a proud royal heritage brought to life with warm British hospitality and theatrical dining experiences, 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.

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 sushi, innovative cocktails and gin tasting.

The Rubens 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 and suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen. Murano chandeliers and a live action kitchen make for a truly unique experience. The menu offers signatures classics, including salads, steaks, desserts and dishes from our Founder and President, Mrs Beatrice Tollman, and 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. The dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list alongside a beautiful Champagne trolley. 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 Salvatore Maggio, 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 and Express Lunch menu available, 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. Our bar menu – filled with a variety of tantalising light bites, indulgent sandwiches, and comfort food specialties – offers the perfect accompaniment, whatever the occasion may be.

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 our 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 and Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan & halal afternoon tea menus are available alongside a Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea.

Extraordinary Experiences

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. The New York Bar also hosts a Champagne trolley, showcasing a selection for guests to choose from. The talented team, led by Silviu Stan, Director of Bars, 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, 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.

Discover the spectacular Leopard Bar, located directly opposite Buckingham Palace Royal Mews. Serving over 200 whiskies and 30 Champagnes against a backdrop of live jazz and swing music, the Leopard Bar brings a new level of sophistication and elegance to London’s nightlife scene. The Leopard Bar have an impressive collection of whiskies and Champagnes, all of which are available by the glass (including Cristal and Krug Rosé). For those looking for an accompanying bite to eat, look no further than the famous Wagyu Steak Sandwich in panko breadcrumbs and Tonkatsu sauce, or enjoy an impressive selection of sushi and sashimi, freshly made to order.

A variety of exclusive experiences are available at The Leopard Bar including Whiskey Tasting, Champagne Tasting classes as well as a 21- course omakase experience with Chef Suren.

Picnic In A Royal Park

Enjoy a special picnic feast in St James’s Park, served in traditional wicker baskets and filled with delicious goodies. Allow us to take care of everything, from Afternoon Tea in the park to canapés and wine or our Royal Hamper with wine. The experience requires 24 hours’ notice.

Awards and Accolades

  • Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence – Shortisted in Top 3 for Best Urban Hotel – 2021
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – Voted No. 28 in Top 40 Hotels in London – 2020
  • Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence – Voted Best for Service in the UK & Ireland – 2020
  • Luxury Travel Advisor’s Awards Of Excellence – Malcolm Hendry: Top General Manager Worldwide – 2019
  • Sustainable Restaurant Association – Food Made Good 1 Star Accreditation – 2019
  • Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence – Voted Best for Service in the UK & Ireland – 2020


Q&A

Opening times

New York Bar – Open from 12pm – 10pm
English Grill – Open from December for an array of Festive and NYE Dining experiences
Afternoon Tea in The Palace Lounge – open seven days a week including Christmas day
The Curry Room – Open in December 5.30pm – 9pm Wednesday – Monday 
The Leopard Bar – currently closed

Cuisine type

British, Curry, Afternoon Tea, Bar Snacks, Sushi

3 things to try when you’re there

Experience an intimate NYE Dinner experience in the English Grill.

Savour an exquisite Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.

Enjoy an exceptional dining experience with Chef Suren. Taste an exquisite 21-course menu with Champagne on arrival in The Leopard Bar.