RUB SHOULDERS WITH ROYALTY
High on my Bucket List is finding a reason to spend at least a week in London so that I can stay at The Rubens at the Palace.
The first time I walked into this hotel on a brief site visit, I fell in love with it and my sentiment hasn’t changed. Clients have loved it and have come home raving about how wonderful their stay at the hotel was.
Walking into the hotel is like walking into a piece of England (as opposed to entering the lobby of one of the chain hotels that have sprung up around the world). Reception is warm and friendly and, if management is forewarned, they will make sure that there is someone on duty who can speak your language, whatever it might be. Rooms give you that “typically English feeling” that you won’t find anywhere else in the world and I can easily conjure up the feeling of comfort and warmth that I would experience, escaping there on an English winter’s day.
The English Grill, the Curry Room and Bbar and Restaurant (which offers South African inspired cuisine) serve excellent meals in classic settings (I’ve had the privilege of sampling some of them) BUT pride of place must go to the Palace Lounge with its huge picture window that looks out onto the trade entrance of Buckingham Palace. As all deliveries to the palace have to be made by horse and coach, it is easy to spend a couple of hours sipping top class coffee while watching deliveries by establishments such as Fortnum & Masons.
When the weather is good, stroll a block or two down Buckingham Palace Road to St James Park and watch the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard while making other watchers envious of your picnic lunch, provided by the hotel.
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