Diamond Jubilee Drinks, Cocktails & Where to Celebrate
The Diamond Jubilee weekend, which runs from June 2 until June 5 2012, is a time for community, remembrance and, above all, celebration. With several street parties taking place in Mayfair and Belgravia, you’re sure to find plenty of pubs, bars and clubs that are heaving with residents and visitors keen to make merry in the spirit of the jubilee celebrations. After all, Mayfair and Belgravia have deep and long-running connections to the Royal Family, making them the perfect place to raise your glasses in honour of Her Majesty – whether you plan on drinking a quick tipple or a non-alcoholic alternative.
Here are just a few of the establishments in Mayfair and Belgravia that are ideal for your celebratory Jubilee drink events during the bank holiday weekend:
Drinks at The Goring’s Bar and Lounge, Belgravia
Situated in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, The Goring is one of the most sumptuous hotels in Belgravia. Its warm and stately decor, its elegant ambience and – of course – its location, mean that The Goring is absolutely saturated with regal class. The Goring’s wine bar is not the place for noisy celebration – it’s a place to relax, unwind and sample the outstanding wine list –for a truly luxurious experience, choose The Goring for your Jubilee bar visit.
Beer and Pub Grub at The Coach and Horses, Mayfair
As the oldest pub in historic Mayfair, the Coach and Horses is sure to be packed with friendly revellers during the Diamond Jubilee 2012 celebrations. Those keen to experience some history, good old-fashioned grub and real ale will be right at home in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this centuries-old public house. It’s still full of period features such as its traditional cold room and cellars, and with a plate of fish and chips and a pint of the best beer, you’ll feel like you’re visiting the Britain of 1953 – the year of the Queen’s coronation. Of course, the Jubilee celebrations are as much about looking forward as they are about commemorating the past, so bring your friends to the Coach and Horses on Hill Street, Mayfair, and toast to a bright royal future.
Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester, Mayfair
If you’re not into the idea of a Jubilee bar or pub celebration, perhaps this will be your cup of tea!
For a non-alcoholic Jubilee drink with family or friends, you can’t beat a spot of afternoon tea. This characteristically English pastime is positively regal – rich with understated ceremony and attention to detail. Between them, Mayfair and Belgravia boast more than enough fine hotels, cafes and tea rooms that serve up afternoon tea, but for a truly special splash of royal refreshment, head down to The Dorchester on Park Lane, Mayfair. It’s put together a unique afternoon tea selection in honour of the Jubilee celebrations, featuring special pastries, coronation chicken sandwiches and a truly majestic diamond chocolate mousse cake. If you fancy topping off your tea with a tipple, you’ll be pleased to know that the price also includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne.
Make Your Own Jubilee Cocktails
Drinking at bars, clubs, cafes or pubs is one way to celebrate the Queen’s reign, but whilst these establishments are likely to be bursting with jubilation on the bank holiday weekend, they may not be an option for those with young families or a restricted budget.
Not to worry – why not make your own cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks, pack a hamper with sandwiches and flasks of tea, and set off to the park for a special Jubilee 2012 picnic? For adults, glasses of Pimm’s complete with slices of fruit – or, alternatively, classic gin and tonic cocktails – are quintessentially British drinks that are perfect for spring days spent outdoors. For kids or those who don’t drink alcohol, you can’t go wrong with a selection of cordials, a bottle of old-fashioned lemonade or even a flask of home-made iced tea. Forget the Jubilee bar parties, with a picnic blanket and the company of family and friends, you’re sure to have a bank holiday weekend to remember.
More Jubilee Guides
• Shopping – A street-by-street shopping guide to help you prepare for the big weekend
• Food – Restaurant, café or food stall, you’re never far from a quality meal in Mayfair and Belgravia
• Events – Some of the biggest happenings over Jubilee weekend and beyond
• Street Parties – Food, drink and performances on the streets of Mayfair and Belgravia