Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her actual birthday on 21 April, but her official birthday is this Saturday 11 June, meaning an entire weekend of festivities fit for the queen. There is an event for every taste and temperament, whether it be a luxe afternoon tea or a night out at the pub. The Resident roundups 10 ways to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday
Words: Ivy Bridges
1 Lunch Party, The Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa and the Ridgeview Estate
The Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa and the Ridgeview Estate are collaborating for Her Majesty; the pair will host a Michelin starred restaurant pop-up among the rolling vineyards of West Sussex Sunday afternoon. The Queen is no stranger to Ridgeview Estate’s fine wines; the bubbly has been served at state banquets at Buckingham Palace. The head chef of Ockenden Manor will be crafting a three course feast, reminiscent of medieval banquets from years past. Each course is designed to pair perfectly with one of Ridgeview Estate’s sparkling fine wines. Tickets are £125 per person.
To book see hshotels.co.uk/ockendenmanor or call 01444 416111
2 The Royal Package, Corinthia Hotel London
Luxury Corinthia Hotel London devised the The Royal Package with the intention of making guests feel like royalty themselves. With the close proximity to Buckingham Palace and the overwhelmingly Victorian architecture, Corinthia Hotel London can make anyone feel like they are part of the Royal Family. The Royal Package includes a meet-and-greet from the VIP Guest Relations team, access to London’s largest spa, ESPA Life, and a three-course Royal Tour through Corinthia London’s world-class eateries. Also included is a choice of an activity: either a tour of HM Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Academy of Arts, or Kensington Palace. Rates start at £664.00 and the deal is active until 31 August. In addition to The Royal Package, Corinthia Hotel London is hosting a special Jazz Brunch in The Northall on Sunday 12th June. Live jazz music will provide the perfect backdrop for a 1920s inspired three course meal, and free-flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne. The brunch is £110 per person.
3 Royal Afternoon Tea, The Savoy
The Savoy is hosting a Royal Afternoon Tea with assistance from The Royal Chef to provide an afternoon tea that would even satisfy the Queen. The afternoon will include many of the Queen’s favourites; like the chocolate birthday cake recipe which dates back to Queen Victoria’s chef. The Savoy’s Royal Afternoon Tea will be available from 9th June 2016 until the end of the month and is priced from £52.50 per person. The Savoy also welcomes guests for A Royal Stay during the month of June, which includes accommodation in a Deluxe Double and above, Royal Breakfast for two in-room, starting at £600.
More information can be found here
4 Screen-Printing Workshop, Thornback & Peel
Have you ever wanted to screen print a regal corgi and a patriotic Union flag onto commemorative handkerchiefs? If yes, you’re in luck because Thornback & Peel is hosting a very British screen-printing workshop on Sunday 12th June as part of The Queen’s Fringe, at their Bloomsbury store. Four sessions will be available, each lasting 30 minutes. The event also includes Morris dancers, Pimms and a crown making competition. Tickets are £12 and the event runs from 12-6pm.
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5 Corgi Royal Tea, Sketch
Sketch and the Queen have one thing in common; their love for corgis. Sketch has invited corgi owners to drink tea and cake with their pups. Corgis will receive their own doggy bags filled with peanut bones from the Hungry Hounds Bakery. The event is scheduled for Sunday 12th June, 11am–2pm, to mark the start of the Patron’s Lunch and the street party birthday celebrations.
9 Conduit Street London W1 S 2XG; 020 7659 4500; sketch.london
6 Readings, Revels and Royalty, Clerkenwell and Islington Guides
Clerkenwell and Islington Guides (CIGA) are leading guided tours through the boroughs to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, with the ‘Life in islington when the Queen was Born’ among other tours. All proceeds benefit The Reading Agency, which supports reading and literacy for children and adults. Tours run Friday through Sunday, with times starting at 11am-6pm. Each 2 hour tour costs £10.
For more information and to book click here
7 Queen’s Birthday Garden Party, The Crown Tavern
The Crown Tavern is hosting the Queen’s Birthday Garden Party Saturday evening. The pub’s typical decor will be replaced with jewels for the royal effect. The pub is celebrating with a tasty BBQ menu, a special event from Hendrick’s gin, an outside bar provided by Meantime Brewery, and much more. The Crown Tavern encourages dressing up; and if you fancy extending the birthday celebration into the wee hours, the pub is open until 1am.
117 Burnt Ash Hill, Lee SE12 0AJ; 020 8857 6607; thecrownlee.co.uk
8 Royal Beer Fest, Ealing Park Tavern
Ealing Park tavern is throwing a beer festival all weekend long to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. The pub will be serving Long Arm Brewing Co. beer from the pub’s on-site microbrewery, as well as lining the taps with Thornbridge, Siren Craft Brew, Magic Rock and Wild Beer Co. to name but a few. The pub will also be serving wood burned pizza and BBQ. The whole family can enjoy live entertainment, as well as activities for the kids. Entry is free and the pub will be open Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-10pm.
222 South Ealing Road W5 4RL; ealingparktavern.co.uk
9 Trooping the Colour Parade
The Queen’s birthday celebration would not be complete without the annual Trooping the Colour parade. It takes place on Horse Guards Parade near London’s St James’s Park, marking The Queen’s official birthday each year. The ceremony exudes military pomp and pageantry and you get to observe as the queen inspects the troops from the household division. The Queen then leads the troops down the Mall to Buckingham Palace. The Queen salutes and guns are fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London. Finally she joins other members of the Royal Family. The public is free to watch and are advised to stand on The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade from 9am Saturday morning.
10 The Patron’s Lunch
The iconic Patron’s Lunch will take place on Sunday, turning the Mall into a massive street party, celebrating the queen’s service and patronage. Invited guests will enjoy a hamper-style lunch, however the public is able to observe the festivities on large screens situated in the Royal Parks; Green Park and St James’s Park. Celebrations won’t just be occurring on The Mall, many people have been inspired to host their very own Patron’s Lunch on streets nationwide.