Five-star hotel The Rubens At The Palace is the perfect central pitstop for a few beautifully made cocktails after a busy day seeing the sights. With its position overlooking Buckingham Palace, you don’t get much posher than this, and the interiors are seriously impressive to boot. With striking red décor and original artworks, it feels luxurious from the minute you step through the door.
The talented team are on hand to ensure you’re well looked after and drinks come courtesy of Silviu Stan, Director of Bars. Signature cocktails include the Seventh Duchess of Bedford which is a heady mix of vodka, orange liqueur, concentrated tea, lemon juice and orange marmalade. A refreshing gin, limoncello, apple and lemon drink called The Guard is another favourite and is the ideal summertime serve.
If cocktails aren’t your thing there’s also a carefully curated wine list to pick from as well as a generous selection of lagers and ales, a full run of spirits and of course plenty of soft drinks too.
Aside from the drinks there’s also a please-all food menu that’s served from midday through to 11.30pm. Here you’ll find classics like a Caesar salad and a steak and cheese baguette alongside some more unusual creations. Internatioally-inspired favourites include a keema and cheese melt that combines curried minced lamb with fresh green chilli and mango chutney and is served on a naan bread. Sharing stands are ideal for an informal accompaniment to cocktails when drinking and dining in a group. Choose from between one and sixteen plates depending on your party size, with options that include cauliflower popcorn and Korean barbecue pork bao buns.
Finish the evening with something sweet. Desserts here include a classic baked vanilla cheesecake and a steamed date and banana pudding that comes with homemade brandy and walnut ice cream and a walnut brittle.