The Handbook
The Handbook

39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS

Hotels, City of Westminster

The five-star Rubens at the Palace boasts a prestigious address opposite Buckingham Palace. 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 (recently awarded an AA Rosette), 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

Using the very-best seasonal produce from suppliers who serve the Queen’s kitchen, and top-quality cuts of meat cooked in the charcoal-fired Josper grill, the dining experience is made all the more special with theatrical tableside carving and a live-action glass kitchen. The English Grill also offers a plant based dish of the day for and diners can end their dining experience on a sweet note with our crêpes suzettes, flambéed at your table. The Rubens Dinner Series also offers guests a regular exclusive ticketed event within the hotel with welcome drinks served in the bar followed by a themed Dinner in The English Grill. Check website for details. Guests are welcome to dine in the English Grill from the 23rd November 2020.

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, poppadoms, 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. Guests are welcome to dine from the 1st November 2020 when The Curry Room re-opens.

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 Winsor. royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries.

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.

Extraordinary Experiences

In the New York Bar, Head Bartender Director of Bars Silviu Stan expertly mixes innovative cocktails, and hot and cold infusions, including the hot cocktail siphon – a fragrant mixture infused at your table using a unique brewing method. The signature wagyu famous steak sandwich, with wagyu steak,  served in the bar with panko breadcrumbs, butter and tonkatsu sauce and triple cooked chips, is a delicious discovery. Re-opens to welcome guests from the 1st November 2020.

The Leopard Bar’s personalised sushi and sashimi experiences, created by Chef Suren, are an exceptional introduction to the finest Japanese cuisine uniquely served on beautiful tiered stands. Chef Suren’s Omakase provides an exceptional 21-course menu designed during the course of the evening taking into account the guests preferences. The evening will commence with an informal discussion with Suren where he will determine their likes and tastes to get a sense of how adventurous their palettes are whilst guests sip on a glass of 1976 Lanson Champagne. while For whisky-lovers, the whisky tasting experience takes guests on a journey of three whiskies, accompanied by a platter of cheeses and chocolate truffles. The Rubens are excited to offer sushi experiences for the festive season – please check The Rubens at the Palace website for the lastest dates and availability.

Awards and Accolades

Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence – Voted Best for Service in the UK & Ireland – 2020

Condé Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards – Voted No. 29 in the Top 40 Hotels in London – 2019

Afternoon Tea Awards – ‘Commended’ Awards of Excellence – 2019

AA – Rosette – The Curry Room – 2019

AA – Two Rosettes – The English Grill – 2018

Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best’ Awards – Voted No. 9 in Top 10 City Hotels in London – 2019

Travel Marketing Awards – Runner Up in the Brand Relaunch category for The Rubens at the Palace – 2019

Q&A

Opening times

New York Bar – Open from 1st November 10am – 10pm
English Grill – Open from 23rd November for an array of Festive and NYE Dining experiences
Afternoon Tea in The Palace Lounge – open seven days a week
The Curry Room – Open from 1st November 5pm – 9pm Wednesday – Sunday weekly
The Leopard Bar – currently closed however open for festive experiences in December 2020

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 with live music from the Royal Philharmonic String Quartet.

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.