The Queen had her actual birthday in April, when we suggested some fun ways to celebrate. But June 11th is her “official” 90th birthday, and there’s even more going on.
You can still take advantage of some of the things that began in April, such as The Berkeley’s royal afternoon tea masterclass. Some packages and events go right through to the end of July. However, there are further delights for you to enjoy at London’s hotels, as well as some special events around the city.
Try out these afternoon teas and other events this weekend and beyond…
Corgis at The Connaught
If you couldn’t bring yourself to eat a corgi, even if it’s made from biscuit, it’s perhaps best to stay away from The Connaught’s afternoon tea this weekend.
However, if you’re all for admiring how cute it is and then biting its head off, go right ahead. The hotel is adding biscuity corgis to their afternoon tea menu in celebration of the Queen. The cookie corgis are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As a special seasonal afternoon tea, it’s priced at £65 per person.
Royal Cocktail at The Savoy
Anyone who prefers cocktails over cakes should head to the American Bar at The Savoy for a royal drink.
They have a special cocktail for the occasion, mixing the Queen’s favourite flavours – gin, Dubonnet, and Earl Grey. ‘The Windsor in Purple’ is garnished with a little purple hat (or crown if you want to be fancy). You can also check out the hotel’s ‘A Royal Stay’ package, which includes breakfast and cocktails (although not at the same time).
Street Party at The Stafford
There’s nothing like a British street party, and The Stafford is putting one on from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday.
There’s still time to get your tickets, although you’ll need a spare £84.99 per ticket. It may seem a little steep to some, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for an exclusive event in a beautiful location. The party will be in the picturesque courtyard, the Blue Ball Yard. There will be cocktails, food, music, and demonstrations from local producers.
Birthday Tea at The Goring
For another regal afternoon tea, try The Goring for their right royal ‘HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea’.
There are classic sandwiches such as cucumber and mint, and Coronation chicken. You can enjoy both plain and fruit scones, and a selection of suitably royal cakes. You’ll get Her Majesty’s favourite fruit cake, a Queen Elizabeth Cake, and a Royal Opera Cake.
There’s lots of fun to be had this weekend away from hotels too. Try the street party in Chinatown on Saturday or the Commonwealth food market on Sunday.
Of course, there’s also the official celebrations, like the Trooping the Colour. Whatever you choose, let’s hope the weather is fine!
Photo credits: Corporal Paul Shaw, The Connaught, The Savoy, The Stafford, The Goring.