The best hotels in London and the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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It has already been a year of ups and downs for Britain’s longest reigning monarch. In February, Queen Elizabeth quietly ushered in her platinum jubilee – 70 years on the throne – by issuing a statement on the eve reaffirming her commitment to lifelong service. But while his real anniversary of joining was reserved for reflection and private time at Sandringham, the real celebrations of this historic milestone will take place this summer.

For four days in June, London will turn into a festive playground for members of the royal family and their most enthusiastic fans (non-monarchists can at least rejoice that they don’t have to commute to work). There will be a Trooping the Color show at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Queen’s birthday, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, The Derby at Epsom Downs, a live concert (broadcast by the BBC) from the Palace, a Jubilee Luncheon, and a competition featuring 5,000 people from across the UK and Commonwealth which will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and the costumes. And those are just official Windsor events.

There will also be dozens of unofficial celebrations across the kingdom. Sotheby’s, for example, is hosting a Jubilee Arts Festival which will feature a series of exhibitions, one showcasing 50 rarely seen aristocratic tiaras and another featuring portraits of British queens (including Andy Warhol’s rendition of Queen Elizabeth ). The auction house also organizes a special sale of British art. Which is to say that June will be an exuberant time to be in the UK. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 8 best hotels across the pond to celebrate the Queen.

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Freshly renovated by Thierry Despont, this Grade II listed property in Mayfair retains its original Art Deco charm while welcoming a few new touches, such as a terrace that overlooks Brown Hart Gardens. This month of June, it will be the perfect place to enjoy refreshments at Le Magritte bar in Beaumont, so named thanks to the surrealist artist The Schoolmaster painting hung behind the bar. Added to the June menu is a Jubilee cocktail featuring English ingredients such as Keepr’s raspberry and honey gin, King’s Ginger liqueur, English sparkling wine and rhubarb.

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Want to be close enough to the action but still within the safe confines of your own royal paradise? The answer is Heckfield Place, a godlike Georgian mansion-turned-luxury estate in Hampshire (just an hour from London and not far from where Jane Austen lived) which has put together its own programming on the theme of Jubilee to entertain and pamper you. like a queen. On the program: a flower wreath workshop in the garden, a cake decorating contest, a forest bath on the hotel’s sumptuous 438-acre estate, bird-watching excursions, pastoral picnics, a five-course Jubilee dinner with live music and a Sunday roast to close out the festivities.

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British Pullman, a Belmond train

Last year, Wes Anderson, the Hollywood author famous for his whimsical take on the glamor of bygone eras, turned his singular gaze to one of the most nostalgic forms of travel, redesigning the British Pullman’s Cygnus car, a Belmond Train. Exquisite wood marquetry and sumptuous emerald-hued furnishings now lend cinematic charm to English countryside day trips (itineraries include excursions to historic Bath, Oxford and Blenheim Palace) – as are the elegant onboard champagne lunches and dinners that are part of the journey.

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Claridge’s hosts the Windsors so often that it is often called the annex to Buckingham Palace. In 1986, for example, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 60th birthday here at a party given by her late cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson, a legendary royal family party planner. Today, in honor of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, the hotel opens its archives to unearth treasures from 1953, the year of her coronation. Among them, rare images of the Queen attending a coronation dress fashion show and Coronation Day menus and souvenirs will be on display. Also be sure to dive into the bar for a Windsor Rose, the cocktail that was served to mark the occasion 70 years ago.

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Located in the upscale neighborhood that gives it its name, the Kensington is just 1 mile from Kensington Palace, the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (as well as other members of the Royal Family). The hotel, which is built into four Victorian townhouses and recently underwent a refurbishment that added new suites to its offerings, is the perfect base for exploring the area. For a deeper dive into the history of the Royal Borough, book a bespoke walking tour with the property’s resident Blue Badge guide, one of the best ways to enjoy the legacy of five centuries of monarchy.

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Located on High Holborn, a historic street with illustrious former residents such as Francis Bacon, John Milton and Charles Dickens, who used the area as the setting for Pip and Herbert Pocket’s home in Great ExpectationssRosewood London occupies a Grade II-listed Edwardian building dating from 1912. It’s a grand setting for royal-themed celebrations, especially the courtyard party the hotel has planned for June 5. Drawing inspiration from the British tradition of street parties, it will be an all-British affair, with ‘royal guards’ to welcome guests, live music and an alfresco afternoon tea with specialties such as blue lobster and Marie rose brioche, egg mayonnaise rolls from Clarence Court and Cornish clotted cream scones, homemade lemon curd and English strawberry jam.

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It will be a true city and country vacation thanks to the two properties in Beaverbrook. First there is the bucolic Victorian estate of Surrey, just an hour from London. The Grade II listed property was once owned by Lord Beaverbrook, a well-connected media tycoon and Churchill minister who often had famous friends – Liz Taylor, Rudyard Kipling, Ian Fleming -. There’s plenty to fill your days on the sprawling 400-acre grounds, from bocce ball and croquet, to leisurely strolls through leafy paths, to R&R luxury at the spa and pools. Then head back to London for a few days at the new Beaverbrook Town House, which has taken over two Georgian mansions on Sloane Street in upmarket Chelsea.

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Royal Scotsman, a Belmond train

Life on Scotland’s only luxury sleeper train might just offer a little taste of what a Royal Train journey should be like. Think: velvet and mahogany details throughout, cabins furnished with tartans and Scottish wools, even a dedicated spa car. Then add bespoke ‘in nature’ experiences – from stargazing with an astrologer in Cairngorns National Park, one of Europe’s darkest skies, to visits to Glamis Castle, the home of Queen Mother’s childhood – and it won’t be hard to see why Queen Elizabeth treasures her summer holidays in Scotland so much.

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Yes, it’s a Picasso hanging in the drawing room of the Fife Arms and it’s one of over 14,000 works of art (mostly first-rate, by Mark Bradford, Louise Bourgeois and Lucian Freud) that fill this gem of a hotel, located a stone’s throw from Queen Elizabeth’s beloved Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Originally a Victorian inn, the crumbling property was bought and transformed by art-world power couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth (hence all the museum-quality furnishings). Charles and Camilla were present for the inauguration in 2019, but that’s not all: paintings of royal castles by the Prince of Wales himself are also part of the Fife Arms collection.

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