The best pubs and restaurants in London to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
With a host of Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the works for early June, it’s no surprise the hospitality industry is also gearing up with a range of novelty menus to honor the Queen.
The town’s pubs, restaurants and bars are all capitalizing on the Queen’s major milestone with their own celebrations. There are afternoon teas, festive menus and themed shows to help the public get into the spirit.
Many restaurants offer afternoon tea, a classic, while others simply choose to present a special Jubilee cocktail to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.
Either way, if you’re not involved in some of the official celebrations, whether you’re waiting at the gates of Buckingham Palace to watch Trooping the Color or having a picnic somewhere along the Long Walk in Windsor, you might want to get into the party spirit through your stomach.
Below is a selection of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee themed food and drink experiences in London..
The Best Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Teas
Fortnum & Mason
What better place to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee than in the Tea Room opened by the Queen herself in 2012? Fortnum & Mason has launched a new Platinum Jubilee-themed afternoon tea menu, which will be served daily in the iconic Diamond Jubilee Tea Room.
With the menu designed by Executive Pastry Chef Roger Pizey and his team of pastry chefs, there will be sweet and savory treats for everyone, for vegetarians, vegans and those who are also gluten-free. Savor a selection of Coronation Chicken, Cotswold Legbar Egg Mayonnaise, Suffolk Cured Ham with English Mustard and Cucumber with cream cheese and mint pea sandwiches, plus freshly baked scones. Choose from Fortnum’s Strawberry Jam, Somerset Lemon Custard and Clotted Cream, or Beet Relish or Tea-Infused Cream Cheese. Other savory choices include ‘Drumkilbo Eggs’, an ode to the Queen Mother. It’s a duck mousse with melba, smoked trout éclair and pea and goat curd mousse, elderflower glaze.
Customers will be able to choose from over 500 classic Fortnum teas, as well as their own Platinum Jubilee tea blend. Those looking to celebrate with something a little stronger can opt for their own Platinum Jubilee Champagne or the limited-edition Jubilee Beacon cocktail. Named after the beacons that will be lit across the Commonwealth to celebrate, the cocktail takes inspiration from the Queen’s supposedly favorite drink – gin and Dubonnet – by adding royal vermouth, tea and honey bitters from Fortnum and sparkling tea foam.
From £70 pp, fortnumandmason.com
Animal lovers, gather together, as The Goring’s Platinum Jubilee-themed afternoon tea features selected appearances from Britain’s most popular little pony, Teddy the Shetland, as well as his four-legged friend Marcel, better known as The Corgi.
Featuring a selection of classic sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam and other cakes, fantasies and pies, the menu will celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years as monarch with her special tea experience l ‘afternoon. The hotel’s renowned pastry chefs have crafted a range of royal delights to indulge in, including diplomatic summer berry tart, sweet caramel puff and the Queen’s favorite fruitcake.
You can choose between traditional tea, with a selection of The Goring teas and infusions, or Bollinger tea or Bollinger Rosé. Those who really want to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee can opt for a glass of Bollinger La Grande Année.
From £60 pp, thegoring.com
Four Seasons at Park Lane
Want to meet corgis while feasting on finger sandwiches? Then the Royal Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons on Park Lane is where you’ll spend your bank holiday weekend. Expect a decadent selection of sweet and savory treats, all designed by Executive Pastry Chef Yam Lok Hin, washed down with a choice of premium Jing teas or a glass of champagne.
Treat yourself to the Jubilee macaron, filled with lavender ganache and cassis gel, adorned with the Platinum Jubilee logo, or stick to the simple classic of a royal wedding fruitcake, inspired by Her Majesty’s 1947 wedding cake salmon with lemon-infused creme fraiche, as well as blue lobster with Portland crab, basil mayonnaise and mango salsa.