As you may know, the Queen has two birthdays. Her actual birthday is on April 21st, while her “official” birthday is celebrated in June. But it’s her real one that’s being celebrated this month, when she turns 90.
Obviously, this a pretty big birthday, and there’ll be plenty of celebrations in London and around the country. And the best part is, you can use Her Maj’s birthday as an excuse for a good old knees-up too.
But which hotel should you go to if you want to do something regal? Check out what some of London’s best hotels are doing for Liz’s big day…
Royal Afternoon Tea and Masterclass at The Berkeley
You might be familiar with The Berkeley’s Pret-a-Portea afternoon tea. If you’re not, it’s a fashion-inspired menu that changes with the seasons – fashion seasons, that is.
For the Queen’s birthday, the afternoon tea will be inspired by the royals from April 18th-24th 2016. It will include a crown biscuit, a re-imagining of Princess Beatrice’s infamous fascinator from Will and Kate’s wedding, and the Launer London handbag the Queen took to the same event. The hotel will also be holding a royal masterclass to show people how to bake and decorate these deliciously royal treats. It will be available from April 16th to June 30th.
The Landmark’s Birthday Package
The Landmark has a special package for anyone wanting to celebrate in style.
From May 12th to May 16th, you can get an overnight stay, a bottle of champagne, afternoon tea with Gin and Dubonnet (a favourite of Her Maj), and a full English breakfast. The afternoon tea menu will feature three of the Queen’s favourite sandwiches: cucumber, smoked salmon, and egg mayonnaise.
Princess Charlotte Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough
There’s another special royal birthday coming up soon. Princess Charlotte turns one on May 2nd, and The Lanesborough is making sure she won’t be forgotten.
Their Pink Princess Afternoon Tea Package is designed to celebrate two events in one. The menu includes pretty pink pastries (you know, because both royals are female), including a rhubarb cheesecake and a raspberry cream eclair. You can turn the afternoon tea into a stay at the hotel with a package that includes accommodation in a Superior Room or Junior Suite, plus breakfast.
Go All Out at The Bulgari
If you want something really luxurious, check out the three-day Royal Package at the Bulgari Hotel.
Stay at the hotel for three nights between April and July 2016, with chauffeur service from the airport to the hotel. You’ll get a private wine tasting at Berry Brothers & Rudd on the first day, then to Fortnum & Mason’s or Hyde Park for a F&M afternoon tea – served by their butler, of course.
On the second day, take a guided tour of the Royal Parks, Kate and Will’s wedding route, Westminster Abbey, and to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. Then it’s on to a visit to Kensington Palace, then afternoon tea in the Orangery. Finally, on day three, a boat trip to Henley on the Thames, with a personal tour and lunch at Cliveden House.
There are more options for celebrating this royal event, including special afternoon tea menus at hotels such as St Ermin’s. Find something that appeals to you for a right royal good time.
Photo credits: Petr Kratochvil, The Berkeley, The Landmark, The Lanesborough, Bulgari Hotel.