When we decided to review The Rubens At The Palace in London, I just couldn’t be more excited. Why? Simply because I don’t remember last time, I was out and about in London without my husband and child. Yes, as a mum I don’t get to travel solo very often…well almost never. So the idea of spending a weekend in London, in one of the most exquisite hotels, with my best friends felt so extraordinary. I felt like a princess. And there was a good reason for that feels. The hotel is located literally on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace, and if you are lucky, you can see Her Majesty The Queen passing by in her carriages.
Obviously I did a little research and had some expectations regarding the hotel, but the actual experience exceeded all of them! At every turn, this historic and fully-renovated hotel has a team who take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service and generous hospitality. Overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and The Queens Gallery, the hotel is on the doorstep of the shops, bars and restaurants of the new Nova development and within walking distance of Green Park and Victoria Stations. Visitors can enjoy stylish cocktails in The New York Bar, and take a Royal Afternoon Tea.
Fine Dining and Sushi & Sashimi Experience
The Rubens’ elegant English Grill restaurant delivers traditional fine dining with warm and impeccable service, The Curry Room serves a delicious menu combining Indian flavours with a South African influence, and The Leopard Bar offers an intimate setting in which to enjoy its impressive selection of whiskies and Champagnes. We actually we invited to The Leopard Bar for Sushi & Sashimi Experience with sushi Head Chef Suren.
It’s quite an interactive dinner experience in which Chef Suren who trained at Hakkasan and Gilgamesh creates a menu of delicious fresh sushi and sashimi dishes in front of guests, and pairs them with quality sakes.
To be completely honest, I am not a fan of certain types of sashimi, such as tuna. I had a really bad experience in the past and I never wanted to try it again. But when Chef Suren prepared for us Otoro and Akami Tuna, as well as Yellowtail and Botan Ebi, I knew that everything I ate in the past just wasn’t the real sushi.
That was literally heaven in my mouth. If you are a fan of sushi, you just have to come and taste chef Suren signature Spicy Tuna Roll. All that accompanied by live jazz and swing music makes you feel like a movie star. It was a perfect start of the evening.
The luxuriously refurbished accommodations include regally- themed rooms and suites that pay homage to the Rubens’ rich royal history and the British monarchs of the past. I absolutely adore red colour, so when we discovered that our room was tastefully decorated with red velour, I knew that was the right place to spend one of rare weekends away. Plus my friend’s name is the same as mine and in English it is Margaret, and guess whose portrait was on the wall…Princess Margaret of course! How did they know?
After quite an intense night out, we slept until late on the most comfortable beds without worrying that we would miss breakfast, which is usually served only until 10am. At Rubens At The palace they think about all those little details such as late breakfast, which was served until midday, so we could enjoy that extra two hour rest. We really didn’t want to leave, but we promised ourselves that we will keep coming back. The Rubens At The Palace hotel is so worth it!