The King’s coronation is just around the corner, with the celebrations taking place on Saturday 6 May. The bank holiday weekend will start with the official ceremony at Westminster Abbey, during which King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are set to be crowned.
A coronation procession will follow the regal ceremony, with crowds being granted a glimpse of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony later that day. Queen Consort Camilla’s The Big Lunch campaign is encouraging celebratory street parties to take place on the Sunday, and there’s a concert happening during the evening as well.
From a Highgrove-approved spread at The Rosebery to pastries created in honor of King Charles III at Royal Lancaster London and afternoon tea overlooking Buckingham Palace at The Rubens at the Palace, you’ll want to feast your eyes on these regal foodie treats.
Time for tea with Highgrove at The Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
From 21 April to 14 May, guests are invited to tuck into coronation afternoon tea at The Rosebery, which is found within the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel. Created in partnership with Highgrove – the private residence of King Charles III and The Queen Consort – the regal spread is designed to mirror real treats eaten by royals and will be served alongside Highgrove organic teas. Aptly named dishes include The King’s coronation chicken and Clarence Court egg truffle sandwich, while there’s an ice cream lolly infused with Pimm’s for afterwards. Executive Pastry Chef Emmanuel Bonneau has created coronation-themed delights, including Duchy organic plum crumble, royal kilt Battenburg and signature afternoon strawberry bavarois, the King’s cypher. Those keen to raise a glass of fizz to toast the new King can also upgrade to the Bollinger or sparkling tea experience.
Traditional coronation afternoon tea at The Rosebery costs £95pp and guests can upgrade to His Majesty King Charles III special high tea for an extra £20.
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Coronation afternoon tea at Royal Lancaster London
Tuck into a coronation afternoon tea at Royal Lancaster London from 28 April to 9 May. The sandwiches and pastries have been created in honor of King Charles III and include sandwiches like roast beef and smoked salmon, alongside scones and coronation cakes. Sweet treats cover puddings like Darjeeling tea cake and damson plum mousse. Guests can sip tea from a selection on offer and there’s also a vegan afternoon tea option available.
Coronation afternoon tea at Royal Lancaster London costs £39pp Monday-Friday and £45pp Saturday and Sunday.
Kate Middleton stayed at royal favorite The Goring the night before her wedding to Prince William, so it’s fitting that the London hotel is hosting guests for coronation afternoon tea from 24 April until 28 May. Savor a selection of finger sandwiches, and freshly baked scones complete with clotted cream and jam. The spread will be followed with cakes, tarts, and other baked treats, while you can also raise a glass of Bollinger to King Charles III. Tea and coffee are on offer to sip throughout your afternoon tea too.
Coronation afternoon tea at The Goring London costs £75pp.
Enjoy coronation-themed afternoon tea with the added authenticity of looking out onto Buckingham Palace from 1 May until 1 August. Welsh lamb sausage rolls join a selection of sandwiches including baba ghanoush and cucumber, apple, and dill crème fraiche. Plus, there are plain, fruit and cheese scones, as well as cherry chocolate mousse, apricot and almond tart, and an orchard fruit tart. Vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options are available too.
Coronation-themed afternoon tea at The Rubens at the Palace costs £70pp and £90pp with champagne.
Coronation afternoon tea at The Landmark London
Coronation afternoon tea is available to book at The Landmark London throughout the weekend of 6-8 May. As well as devouring savory and sweet dishes, guests can celebrate with a glass of Champagne Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV. This is particularly special as the drinks brand became the official champagne supplier for the royal family in 2004.
Coronation afternoon tea at The Landmark London costs £88pp.
Coronation afternoon tea at InterContinental London Park Lane
Savor coronation afternoon tea at InterContinental’s Wellington Lounge throughout May, from 1-5pm every Wednesday to Sunday. The royal-themed delicacies on offer include finger sandwiches filled with slow roasted pheasant with truffle and balsamic pearls, handmade scones, and Martini cheesecake. You can sip Darjeeling tea throughout, choosing from a varied blend. Plus, cake toppers feature the official coronation emblem and there’s a champagne option too.
Coronation afternoon tea at InterContinental London costs £55pp or £68pp with a glass of champagne.
A tribute to nature coronation afternoon tea at The Carlton Tower Jumeirah
This beautifully designed afternoon tea pays homage to the King’s love of nature and has been created in collaboration with award-winning pastry chef Jessica Prealpato. There’s a spring salad to start, followed by sandwiches, scones and pastry picks. Standout treats cover the savory truffle croissant filled with duck egg and black truffle, dried hibiscus flower scones with raspberry and tarragon and Earl Gray tea financier cake. Sip a selection of teas while you devour the delicious plates, with blends ranging from the King’s tea to Oolong, white, green, black and herbal teas. You can raise a glass to this royal occasion with some champagne too.
Crown jewels afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square has updated its Crown Jewels Afternoon Tea, in honor of the upcoming coronation. Plus, the coronation quiche will be part of the line-up on 6 May. Guests in the Rotunda Lounge can sample finger sandwiches, scones and pastries, all inspired by both the crown jewels and the coronation. Desserts include The Crown, which is an ode to the St Edwards Crown used at the ceremony and The Garden, a nod to the King’s Highgrove House gardens.
Coronation afternoon tea at Searcys at The Gherkin
From 3-6 May, Searcys at The Gherkin is adding a coronation-themed twist to its usual afternoon tea. As well as the usual sandwiches, scones and pastries, there will be sweet treats featuring the coronation emblem. It will also include a pheasant pie as favored by the King, and a sherry trifle, which was the signature dessert for the Queen’s platinum jubilee. There’s a glass of English sparkling wine served with the afternoon teatoo.
Coronation afternoon tea at Searcys at The Gherkin costs from £55pp.
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