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Where The Royals Eat in London

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Following the sad news of the Queen’s passing, we look back at some of her favourite dining spots – plus the places favoured by her family. Read on to find out where the royals eat in London.

Where the Royals Eat in London

Dean Street Townhouse

Purportedly, Dean Street Town House (part of the members’ club, Soho House) is where Harry and Meghan had their first date. The details of the evening were divulged in Omid Scoobie’s book, Finding Freedom where the couple discussed their mutual passion for philanthropy and voluntary work.


The oldest French restaurant in the London, L’Escargot claims to have frequently welcomed Princess Diana amongst other high profile guests including the likes of Judy Dench and Coco Chanel.

The Ivy

The Ivy, West Street

The late Queen was last seen dining at The Ivy in May 2017. The West End celeb-haunt was closed to the public for a friend’s private birthday celebration, unfortunately lessening the likelihood of a ‘don’t look now, but at your 3 o’clock, the Queen is eating chips.’ After a Martin Brudnizki overhaul for the restaurant’s 1ooth anniversary, the renovated premises offer quite the royal treat of slap up British classics, as well as a selection of Asian-inspired dishes.


Bellamy's Interior

The Queen is believed to have visited this French brasserie at least twice: first for her 80s birthday, and again 10 years later with Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra. Apparently, she ordered the smoked eel mousse, caviar and roast quail.

Bluebird Café

Bluebird Café

This modern European spot is rumoured to be Kate’s favourite London joint. The café’s upscale burgers and roasted vegetables fuelled a few dates between her and Will before their marriage. Kate has also been peeped with Pippa, having lunch on the cafe’s terrace.

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

Meghan has been seen sipping cocktails at this much-loved brunch spot. The restaurant’s Bloody Mary selection ranges from a NY Classic containing Ketel One Vodka, spice mix & lemon, to a unique Mary Celeste containing Tanqueray Ten Gin, mignonette & oyster.

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The Goring

The Goring Hotel cocktail bar

The royal suite played host to Kate Middleton the night before her wedding, a £7,520 affair considering the per-night rate. For a royal experience touting a price tag with less digits, however, the Duchess of Cambridge has been known to enjoy the hotel’s award-winning afternoon tea, priced at £50.

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Launceston Place

Launceston Place

In the 1990s, Launceston Place was one of Princess Diana’s favourite places to eat on account of its discreet small rooms and it’s cheese soufflé, which is now named in her honour. Ben Murphy, royalty himself (in the culinary world, that is), is currently head chef, serving finer things such as cod with ink and Jerusalem artichoke and lemon.

Dans Le Noir

Dans Le Noir

A tricky one to confirm because the entire restaurant is pitch black, but we won’t be the first to float the speculation that Will and Kate used to head to Dans Le Noir for date night. Diners are invited to relinquish normal authority over their eating experience and sit beside strangers, in the dark and with a choice of menu only insofar as white (surprise), red (meat), blue (fish) and green (vegetarian).

The Rum Kitchen

The Rum Kitchen

For a meal that’s fit for royalty, yet that requires less top-button buttoning, take the Duke of Sussex’ lead and head to Notting Hill’s Rum Kitchen. This Caribbean beach shack serves all things jerk, to the tune of island beats. The restaurant’s rum menu is an embarrassment of riches, with a wide array of rums from the Caribbean and beyond.

Bocca Di Lupo

Bocca Di Lupo Tajarin with raw duck egg and parmesan

The Duchess of Sussex has displayed royally good taste with her affinity for this Italian gem – already known to us as one of London’s best Italian restaurants.

The Arts Club

It’s not news to anyone who has been watching The Crown that Prince Phillip didn’t mind a party or two. For anyone with a Philip penchant, head to this literary, arts and science club that boasts a legacy of members like Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling. Good luck getting in.

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