Mayfair and St James’s will toast the coronation of King Charles III in style this month with special showcases, themed afternoon teas and a garden party extravaganza. At DUKES, the hotel has created a special ‘Royal Connoisseur Experience’ (available until December 20). It includes a two-night stay with a royal champagne breakfast (with champagne and Exmoor salted caviar), a four-course dinner, famous gin martini at DUKES Bar and by-appointment only access to a number of St James’s elite designers and iconic brands including Lock & Co and historic perfumer Floris.
At Claridge’s, archivist Kate Hudson has searched through the hotel’s archives to stage a showcase of memorable royal moments and treasures with a ground floor display throughout May. Mementos include pages from Queen Victoria’s diary and menus and cocktail cards created for the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The Dorchester will recreate the decorations used for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation across the hotel’s facade, while 45 Park Lane has commissioned two special artworks by Hormazd Narielwalla as part of exhibition ‘King and Crown’ that will run until June 22.
On May 6, The Stafford will stage a ticketed street party in The American Bar’s courtyard, while The Langham will offer guests horse-drawn carriage rides around Regent’s Park.
At JW Marriott Grosvenor House, the Park Lane is offering a special coronation afternoon tea inspired by the King’s passion for provenance with five limited-edition pastries to represent the UK and each region’s produce.
Brown’s also has a new ‘English garden afternoon with Boodles’ to celebrate (until August 31) with guests receiving hand-painted postcards that they can place in the pink Boodles postbox at the hotel with letters hand delivered to the Palace.
For a feast, head to Galvin at Windows on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane. The restaurant has a five-course coronation menu (until May 6) and will also host a one-off British Coronation Feast on Sunday, May 7. Alternatively, join a garden party in Grosvenor Square (May 6-7) with giant screenings of the coronation ceremony and Windsor concert.