Celebrate The Royal Wedding at These London Restaurants
Are you all ready for the big day? We’re talking about The Royal Wedding, of course. On Saturday 19th May Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The important questions are, of course, where will you watch it? And what will you eat and drink while you’re watching it? We think these restaurants and bars have come up with the best ways to celebrate.
The Stafford London
Enjoy a screening of the wedding in the newly revamped The American Bar at The Stafford London or head to their restaurant The Game Bird. Special dishes will be served on the day, including grilled Dover sole with Dubonnet sauce and Boîtes des fraises Reine Elizabeth, a fruit dessert.
There’s a themed afternoon tea, too, given a celebratory twist with sandwiches including jam ‘pennies’ and Coronation chicken, alongside cakes including Victoria sponge with strawberry jam.
The American Bar, The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
Swingers West End
How better to celebrate the big event than with… a round or two of crazy golf?! From 12pm Swingers West End will be screening the wedding, as guests putt their way around the course (drinks in hand, naturally).
Seriously, Swingers is a lot of fun and there’s a limited edition cocktail menu including the Make Your Markle (see what they did there), a combo of Tanqueray No. Ten, lemon, orange, grapefruit, tea syrup and Perrier Jouet Brut. There’s also a special offer on Champagne – Perrier Jouet Brut at £9 a glass or £49 a bottle.
Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0AB
Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
What could be more British? Settle into the plush surroundings of The Diamond Jubilee Salon for a one-off afternoon tea, created for the occasion. There’s champagne on arrival, naturally, followed by the daintiest of sandwiches, the most royal of scones and confetti coloured cakes. They’ll even give you a tin of their Wedding Breakfast tea blend to take home.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER, 11am-2pm, tickets £85pp
Royal Scandal Water at The London EDITION
The Punch Room Bar at this boutique hotel is hosting a live wedding screening where you can feast on quintessentially British nibbles including cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, The Berner’s Tavern’s celebrated pork pie, trifle and Victoria sponge (yep, there’s going to be a lot of Victoria sponge next weekend).
Regency Punch will be served to toast the special occasion and of course, there will be Champagne (Ruinart).
The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP, tickets £55pp
Radio Rooftop Royal Wedding Brunch
If you fancy watching the festivities somewhere a little different then how about this rooftop bar at ME London. Starting at 12pm there will be a ‘Brit vs. Yank’ menu where fish and chips will go head to head with burgers and fries. British desserts are inspired by Harry and Meghan’s own wedding cake or perhaps you’d prefer the American option, a stack of pancakes with a root beer float.
ME London, Strand, WC2R 1HA
Right Royal Knees Up at The Book Club
Kick off the day as you mean to go on, with a boozy brunch at The Book Club. With Pimms, Prosecco, drag queens and wedding bingo this is an altogether more boisterous way to celebrate.
There’s a best of British brunch menu and music from Double Bass Dan.
The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH, tickets £5pp
Galvin at Windows
London’s favourite sky high restaurant is screening the nuptials, with spectacular views over Buckingham Palace to boot. Enjoy an English sparkling wine reception from 11.45am with Louis Pommery England, followed by a menu including starters like quenelle of smoked Coronation chicken, pickles and toasted sourdough and marinated Loch Duart salmon, shellfish cake and tartare sauce. Mains include rump of spring lamb, braised breast, peas, onion and a light rosemary gravy.
For dessert, it’s triple milk chocolate cremeux, Amaretto jelly and Chantilly or Victoria sandwich, macerated raspberries and vanilla ice cream.
Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE, £50pp
This rooftop bar in Wapping is the place to head if you want to catch some rays while you watch the happy couple getting hitched. Rock up from midday to enjoy British lawn games while sipping on a cocktail and nibbling street from Greek trader Yiro. With seating areas a-plenty, you can relax on the upper lounge bar, grab a bench under the pergola or pitch up picnic-style on the grass. Skylight will also be serving a seasonal cocktail menu, a selection of spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and of course, some Royal Wedding specials.
Skylight, Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, E1W 2SF
Special Dishes and Drinks
If you’re not particularly interested in watching the event itself live but do fancy honouring it with a special drink or dish (any excuse) then why not check out one of these celebratory creations.
Bluebird Cafe. The new branch of Bluebird at Television Centre White City is serving a party brunch menu featuring lobster benedict and the ultimate breakfast butty. Bottomless brunch £15pp.
Bluebird Cafe, Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7FR
Bubbledogs. The hot dog and Champagne bar are sticking to what they know best and serving a Stateside inspired dog (with coleslaw, crispy bacon and BBQ sauce) with a glass of English fizz (Gusbourne rosé) for a tenner.
Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG
Borough Market Royal Wedding Cookery Class. Chef Katherine Frelon (who has cooked for British royalty) will hold her Explore Your Market Cookery Class on 18th and 19th May at Borough Market’s The Cookhouse. The menu will focus on wedding breakfasts cooked over the past 700 years. Tickets £95pp including wine. Find out more…
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
Maître Choux. We’ve always got room for a posh eclair and these ones are inspired by the Royal Wedding cake. The eclairs are flavoured with a delicate lemon and elderflower cream and are available now priced at £5.80.
Maître Choux, see website for locations
The Cinnamon Club. Celebrate the Indian way with a Bou Bhaat thali, which includes king prawn malai curry, and green spices sea bream among other dishes. Priced at £45pp.
The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
Featured image: Bluebird Cafe