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April 15, 2024

Here’s how hotels in England are celebrating King Charles’ Coronation

Schenelle Dsouza 
England is busy gearing up for King Charles’ coronation and if you were planning on taking a short trip to the royal nation, the first week of May would be the perfect time.
Slated to take place on Saturday, May 6, the coronation of King Charles III is one of the most talked about events in the world at the moment. The coronation will take place at 11 AM GMT, where King Charles along with his wife Camilla will ride in a procession from Buckingham Palace to London’s Westminster Abbey, where the ceremony will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The coronation unlike the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be a rather solemn affair. Nonetheless, citizens, guests and others across the world are keen on joining in the celebration in whatever means possible, including getting a royal treatment at some of the most lavish hotels in and around England.
From coronation-themed buffets and menus to royal stay packages, hotels in England are really doing their part in keeping the celebrations as lively and engaging as possible. Take a look below.
Claridge’s, Mayfair
Claridge’s
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A royal art deco-style hotel dating back to the mid-1800s, Claridges has been known to many royals and dignitaries over the years. So it comes as no surprise that the hotel is pulling out all the stops for King Charles’ Coronation. The biggest highlight of their celebrations is the Claridge’s Coronation Archive Windows, open all throughout May. Meticulously curated by the Claridge’s Archivist, Kate Hudson., the exhibit will display a particular focus on coronations, with unique royal mementoes from the hotel’s 200-year history. Some of the many interesting exhibits are the pages from Queen Victoria’s diary, Claridge’s menus from the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, original coronation photographs, programs, official souvenirs and more.
Claridge's
Photo Courtesy: Claridge’s
Claridge's
Photo Courtesy: Claridge’s
A well-known fact about Claridges is its tradition of creating coronation special cocktail menus. For King Charles’ coronation too, the hotel has curated a special drinks menu that will be served in the Painter’s Room. Special features include the Coronation Cocktail Made with fino sherry, dry vermouth, Kina L’Aéro d’Or, agave and orange bitters; the Highgrove Gardens — named after King Charles’s gardens at Highgrove, in his Gloucestershire residence — made with Tanqueray No. 10, vanilla, herbs, bitters and soda.

Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge

Mandarin Oriental
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Whether you’re staying or just visiting the Mandarin Oriental, you’ll be able to watch the beautiful facade illuminated by a deep blue colour – chosen for King Charles’s Coronation Emblem. In celebration of the coronation, the hotel is also rolling out a special stay package called “A Very Royal Occasion” available between May 5 and 8. The inclusions of the package are a luxe suite stay, delicious meals at the two-star Michelin restaurant on-site, Coronation afternoon tea, a special Mandarin Bar menu, and a tour of all the King’s favourite haunts around town, including the King’s favourite shops in London like Lock & Co., Floris, Gieves & Hawkes, Ettinger, and John Lobb.
Mandarin Oriental
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Aside from the stay package, the hotel will also be serving a 4-course dinner prepared by celebrity Chef Heston Blumenthal. The menu provides an eccentric spin to some historical dishes served at British Coronation banquets over the centuries including plates like Coronation Chicken Tart for King James II (1685), a Veal Sweetbread for King George IV (1821), Fillet of Beef Royale for King Henry V (1413), and more. The menu is priced at $192 per person, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $155 per person, and will be available all throughout the month of May. Guests and passers-by can each try out the coronation lollipops at the hotel’s ballroom entrance. Infused with whiskey, these will be served for free from May 6 to 8 between 5 and 6 p.m. And from May 5 to 8, between the hours of “19:48 and 20:23” — a nod to the life of Charles, from his birth in 1948 to his coronation in 2023 — guests can enjoy complimentary coronation canapés at the Mandarin Bar and at the Rosebery, a sparkling spot for afternoon tea, sandwiches, scones and Champagne cocktails.
Hotel Café Royal, London
Hotel Café Royal
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Another well-known venue for royal soirees in London, Hotel Café Royal will be joining in the coronation celebration with two very exquisite packages, King Charles III and Crown Jewels Experience. The King Charles III Experience ropes in a one-night luxury stay, a Champagne afternoon tea in the hotel’s Grill Room, and a full English course for two in The Gallery. To sweeten the deal, the package also includes a chauffeur-driven tour (in the Queen Mother’s Daimler) of London’s royal attractions – Clarence House, St James’s Palace, and Buckingham Palace.
Hotel Café Royal
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A more resplendent experience, the Crown Jewels Experience serves guests a breakfast fit for a king, served in the Royal Suite. And as the name suggests, a private viewing of the Crown Jewels and Royal Collection at the Tower of London in a chauffeur-driven limousine, as well as a Beefeater’s tour of the grounds. Available from April 1 through October 1, the Crown Jewels Experience costs a whopping £13,000, while the King Charles III Experience is priced at £2,625.
The Dorchester, London
The Dorchester
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The Dorchester is definitely pulling all the stops when it comes to the coronation. Going all out the hotel will be seen draped in the same royal regalia that adorned the building’s façade at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. While the same decorations aren’t exactly available today, the hotel did nonetheless attempt to recreate the elements used back then with the help of theatre designer Oliver Messel. The décor includes blue fabric banners framing the windows, garlands decked along the roof, and the royal cypher hung above the grand entrance. Paying tribute to the Coronation Emblem, floral arrangements curated by in-house designer florist Philip Hammond will be scattered throughout the hotel. These floral arrangements are said to represent the unification of the four nations of the United Kingdom – the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales, and the shamrock of Northern Ireland.
The Dorchester
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A special treat for guests, executive pastry chef Michael Kwan serves a delicate selection of themed cakes, accompanied by exquisite sandwiches and a refreshing glass of Champagne over coronation weekend, from May 5 to 8, or enjoy a special themed cocktail at the Vesper Bar called the Sovereign Martini. Inspired by the King’s favourite tipple, the cocktail is made using Wessex gin, Royal Garden mead, dry vermouth, lavender bitter, and orange scent served in a delicate martini glass made especially for Vesper Bar.
The Goring, Belgravia
The Goring
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The Goring is one of the few hotels to have shared a close link to the royals. Not only was it the hotel where the Princess of Wales got ready for her wedding day (in The Royal Suite), but was also granted a Royal Warrant from the late Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention Queen Mother’s favoured appreciation for the Eggs Drumkilbo! And so, celebrating its close ties with the royals, The Goring has dressed up in flamboyance with special menus on offer. These include a Coronation-themed afternoon tea, available between April 24 and May 28, curated around King Charles III’s favourites. These include coronation Cotswold chicken sandwiches, warmed scones and crown-shaped pastries along with a glass of Bollinger Brut.
The Goring
Photo Courtesy: The Goring
Additionally, the hotel is also offering a coronation-tasting menu inspired by the passions and hobbies of King Charles, priced at £140, available from May 1 to 7. A celebration of seasonal produce from across the British Isles, the a six-course menu, curated by Chef Graham Squire is a tribute to artisanal food producers, farmers and fishermen. Highlights of the menu include coddled Clarence Court egg with fine herb garden salad, organic lamb with asparagus and English broad bean, wild Scottish salmon, and white chocolate and lemon cream. Guests can choose to indulge in the six-course meal with a celebratory glass of Champagne or enjoy individual dishes from the menu.
The Lanesborough, London
The Lanesborough
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Once the stately home of Viscount Lanesborough, The Lanesborough was turned into a lavish hotel in 1991. Partaking in the coronation celebrations, the hotel is offering a King’s Coronation Celebration package starting at £1,562 a night for two people, which includes luxury transfers from Heathrow Airport, a dedicated butler, a bottle of champagne and a five-course dinner at the glass-roofed Lanesborough Grill. The dinner, prepared by executive chef Shay Cooper, will have dishes such as a coronation crab salad, roast Orkney scallop with potted Lytham shrimp butter, and a main of hogget (meat from a more mature sheep), said to be a favourite of Charles. The dinner will cost £125 per person with an optional wine pairing for £95 per person.
The Lanesborough
Photo Courtesy: The Lanesborough
A special treat is the Coronation Sunday Lunch on May 7 served with a traditional roast beef with all the trimmings followed by a coronation afternoon tea. Whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, a visit to the Library Bar is a must. Guest can sample the King’s Coronation cocktail which is made with English vodka, sherry, citrus cordial, single malt whisky and a gold leaf garnish.
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