Celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee may officially take place over the special extended bank holiday weekend (2 - 5 June), but that doesn't mean we can't get into the spirit early with some royal-inspired experiences.
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While some may be preparing the bunting for their Jubilee street parties, others might be on the hunt for all the best memorabilia to mark the royal celebrations. Whether you're keen to indulge in the Queen's favourite pastime, afternoon tea, or tour the grounds of Windsor, there are several ways to celebrate the monarch's 70th year on the throne.
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Scroll on to discover all the best royal-inspired experiences to book ahead of the monarch's Jubilee bank holiday weekend this summer.
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Best royal inspired events to mark the Jubilee
Coach Tour to Windsor Castle for Two Adults
Location: Victoria, West London
Enjoy the luxury of being whisked away to Windsor for a delightful full-day tour. With more than 900 years of history, the regal Windsor Castle has plenty to explore. Take a stroll around the castle, visit the splendid St. George's Chapel where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot, and see the impressive State Apartments. After you've explored the castle from top to bottom, head into the historic town of Windsor for a chance to browse a range of quaint shops and traditional pubs. You'll then be transported back to London where you can get stuck into a hearty lunch of fish and chips.
Attend Dogstival for the ultimate doggy weekend
Location: Broadlands Park, Hampshire
Price: From £9
The Queen's corgis are her most loyal companions, having owned more than 20 during her reign. Canine kings and queens are set to descend on Broadlands Park, Hampshire for Dogstival, who are creating the most royal of four-legged Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The festival, fit for Her dog-loving Majesty, will welcome thousands of dogs, who’ll be given the VIPooch treatment on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June at the stunning country estate of Broadlands.
Have a royally good massage
Price: From £155
The royals are well known fans of Penhaligon’s, and now the British perfume house has partnered up with The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane to offer a new luxury experience. The new immersive treatment celebrates The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee drawing on the perfume brand’s rich British heritage – founder William Penhaligon started as a Cornish barber who rose to the Royal Court and Penhaligon’s continues to hold a royal warrant today - to offer guests a treatment fit for royalty.
You could opt for the 'Penhaligon's Bed of Roses' massage which is inspired by the captivating Halfeti, a fragrance of the fabled black rose. Or you could go for the 'Penhaligon’s Enchanting Voyage' massage, where the iconic Empressa fragrance takes centre stage.
The Penhaligon’s Royal Relaxation Massage at Four Seasons is £155 per person for 60 minutes or £230 for 90 minutes. Book on FourSeasons.com.
Available from May 2022 to book at The Spa: www.fourseasons.com/london/spa
Experience a facial fit for the Queen
Location: The Londoner, London
The Londoner has introduced a special luxurious Queen’s Jubilee Facial to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and we can confirm - it really is fit for royalty. The new skin ritual inspired by timeless textures and scents, will provide a full 75 minutes of pure indulgence. Post cleansing and mild exfoliation, guests will experience a hydrating gold mask that will deeply hydrate and lift the skin, with an arm treatment and gentle lymphatic drainage massage. You’ll leave feeling like a Hollywood star, with smooth skin like you’ve never imagined - one to check out!
Windsor Castle Bike Tour for One Person
Location: Windsor, Berkshire
Enjoy a leisurely eight-mile cycle tour on classic vintage-style bicycles and enjoy the stunning scenery of Windsor & Eton before finishing up at the spectacular Windsor Castle. Along the way, you will stop off at the quaint village of Dorney and race by the Olympic rowing lake before taking in the splendour of the oldest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle.
Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia for Two
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Enjoy a right royal visit to a former home of The Queen and her family. The Royal Yacht Britannia has lots of information about life on board as it was for the royals, as well as the officers and yachtsmen who served them. There are many original items on show from State Apartments and dining rooms of the days of royal service, such as furniture, artefacts, photographs and paintings. Receive an audio handset to use as your guide and tour the five main decks.
Windsor Bus Tour for Two Adults
Location: Windsor, Berkshire
This extraordinary experience gives you the chance to sightsee on a hop-on hop-off bus, taking you around the town whilst giving you fun facts about it. See Windsor Castle (a residence of the royal family), the idyllic villages of Eton and Datchet, the iconic Long Walk and the charming Windsor Farm Shop. An unforgettable day out in the picturesque town, it’s the perfect way to discover it in all its glory!
A right royal street party
Location: Belgravia, London
Price: Free entry
The Ganymede invites you to London’s most stylish street party, taking place in the shadow of Buckingham Palace on Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street. Taking place on Sunday 5th June from 11am-6pm, indulge in a regal range of food and drinks from Ganymede’s al fresco bar – think luxurious lobster rolls and epic loaded salads alongside the finest English fizz from Coates & Seely, plus cocktails, craft beers and ales. Entertainment includes live swing music, horse and carriage rides, a photobooth and plenty for the little ones too, plus the national anthem performed by Twickenham favourite, Alicia Lowes. In collaboration with the Belgravia Traders Association (BTA), the free-to-attend street party will be decorated in style, with the street decked in sensational bunting courtesy of Belgravia-based interior designer Joanna Wood whilst Summerill & Bishop are creating table decorations fit for any queen.
Best royal inspired afternoon teas
Buckingham Palace State Rooms and Afternoon Tea for Two
Location: Victoria, West London
A visit to the State Rooms and Buckingham Palace is a real treat for any royalist. This fascinating experience grants access to the 19 majestic rooms still used by The Queen and members of the Royal Family for ceremonial, State and official occasions. Explore the rooms at your leisure with a complimentary audio guide and marvel at the grandeur of the Throne Room, Music Room, Picture Gallery, State Dining Room and so much more!
Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery and Royal Afternoon Tea at Rubens at The Palace
Location: Victoria, West London
Savour an opulent and unforgettable day out in the capital with a loved one. Starting off at the incredible Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, you can admire an awe-inspiring collection of around 450 works, ranging from old master paintings to decorative arts. After a few hours of wandering around the exhibitions, you can head to the luxurious Rubens at the Palace to take part in the quintessential tradition of scrumptious afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea London Bus Tour for Two with Brigit’s Bakery
Locations: Victoria - West London (London), Charing Cross - West End (London)
Enjoy a delightful afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and an array of tea pastries with a choice of tea or coffee, whilst taking in the city views. Served onboard a vintage Routemaster bus, this tour is a truly British experience for tourists looking to see the sights and sample the delicacies. Gluten-free, halal, vegan and vegetarian options are available onboard.
Enjoy afternoon tea on a boat
Location: Kingston Upon Thames
Price: Boat hire: £95-£175 (1-3 hours) & picnic £43.20-£86.40 (4 people-8 people)
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the eco-friendly boat company, GoBoat, is rolling out the red carpet to offer guests the ultimate royal treatment, allowing them to truly be treated like a queen during the extra-long bank holiday weekend. Guests sailing from 2nd June to 5th June, at its Kingston upon Thames location can add a luxury high tea to their one-, two-, or three-hour boat ride, crafted by The Luxury Picnic Company. In addition to afternoon tea, guests that sail at GoBoat Kingston on Friday 3rd June can add on a complimentary chauffeur to their booking, a free VIP upgrade allowing them to enjoy sights such as Hampton Court Palace with their very own private captain.
Royal Afternoon tea at the Covent Garden Hotel
Location: Seven Dials, London
Price: From £40 per person
Nestled in the heart of Seven Dials, London, sits the beautifully quaint Covent Garden Hotel. The sumptuous Royal Afternoon Tea has been especially created for the Platinum Jubilee, and it's pretty epic.
Alongside some exquisite treats, you can propose a toast with either a glass of Rathfinny Classic Cuvée or a cocktail named Lilibet - the Queen's namesake. The traditional favourites are ever present; a selection of tea sandwiches - including Coronation Chicken - and of course, English scones with cream and jam. There's not just English Breakfast Tea on offer - oh no! You can enjoy a choice of quality teas and speciality infusions that are not to be missed. A bit of the Pimm’s Cheesecake and Victoria Sponge is a must, too.
Afternoon tea fit for the Queen at Fortnum & Mason
Location: Piccadilly, London
Price: From £70 per person
Served every day in the timeless Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, the new Platinum Jubilee menu celebrates 70 years of the Queen's reign through inventive takes on quintessential British flavours. Every element has been curated for an unforgettable experience, including live piano music and the beautiful flower displays which change according to Her Majesty’s favourite of the season. Executive Head of Pastry, Roger Pizey, has ensured there will be something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan menus, a dedicated Savoury Tea and, for later in the day, traditional High Tea. Keep your eyes peeled for the special symbolic treats relating to the Queen and don't forget to try the limited-edition Jubilee Beacon cocktail, which takes inspiration from the monarch's favourite tipple, Gin & Dubonnet.
Try the new Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea at the Mayfair Lounge & Grill
Location: Mayfair Lounge & Grill at The Cavendish London
Price: £55 per person
Located in the heart of Mayfair, saunter down to The Cavendish London for an unforgettable culinary experience. Curated by executive chef Julian Ward and his expert team, the newly launched Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea is not to be missed.
Commemorating Queen Elizabeth's 70 years of service, the Mayfair Lounge & Grill has created an innovative menu full of sumptuous cakes, layered treats, delectable scones and savoury bites, all inspired by the various flavours and textures of the Commonwealth.
With Cypriot inspired pastries, Mauritian streamed cassava cakes, plus delicious finger sandwiches that pay homage to the tastes of the Caribbean, India, and classic English flavourings, you'll be glad you paid a visit to The Mayfair Lounge & Grill.
Celebrate like royalty at The Ivy
Location: Tower Bridge, London
Price: From £26.95
The Ivy Tower Bridge has launched a limited edition menu of royal-themed cocktails, a special dessert and an afternoon tea fit for a queen. Launching on the bank holiday weekend on Thursday 2 June, the specials will be served alongside The Ivy Tower Bridge’s extensive spring menu and firm favourites, while the restaurant exterior will be adorned with a Jubilee-themed display.
The Ivy Tower Bridge’s classic afternoon tea has also been given the royal treatment for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022, featuring a classic selection of British sandwiches, showstopping cakes and warm fruited scones with clotted cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry preserve. Afternoon Tea for two includes a choice of teas, infusions or coffees and can be served with Champagne (£35.95) or without (£26.95).
Dine like the Queen
Location: Various locations
Price: £25 upwards unlimited
Toast to Her Majesty’s 70-year reign and tuck into an epic bottomless roast at Drake & Morgan King’s Cross, The Refinery Bankside, The Sipping Room, The Happenstance- all boasting bloomin’ wonderful terraces. Choose between succulent beef rump, free range chicken or the veggie nut roast, complete with limitless crispy roast potatoes, greens, stuffing, Yorkshire puds and gravy. Available on Sunday 5th June from 12-4pm.
Native Places, a dog friendly leading UK lifestyle aparthotel has announced a partnership with E5 Dog Photography to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with your beloved four-legged friend. E5 Dog Photography, shoot fine art portraits of your animal friend, which add some spark to their everyday appearance. In this case, Jubilee inspired props including crowns and capes, will be on offer to get your dog ready for the big celebration and provide you with adorable Jubilee memorabilia. Native Hyde Park, a regal Grade II listed aparthotel overlooking Sussex Gardens provides the perfect royal backdrop and ambience for the pooch portrait pop-up studio. The event will take place in the property’s grand lobby and guests will have a choice of nibbles and beverages to enjoy alongside the photography. Those who attend the event will walk away with a photo of their pooch to cherish beyond the Jubilee weekend and also have access to an exclusive offer from E5 Dog Photography to offer complimentary additional photos when you book a package from E5 Photography.
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