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London | England

The Rubens at the Palace

A Royal Residence

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Famous Guests
Charles de Gaulle, General Sikorski, Princess Anne

Type of Architecture

London, England

Perfect for
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings, City Break

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About Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace is a beautifully restored historic hotel situated in the heart of London, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, through which the Royal family enters the palace. Guests at the hotel will be greeted by red-uniformed doormen upon arrival, which perfectly honours its rich heritage and exceptional British hospitality. Whether you are in the mood for a signature cocktail in one of the hotel’s three bars, traditional Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge facing the Royal Mews, or a theatrical dining experience in one of their AA Rosette award-winning restaurants, The Rubens at the Palace is the perfect place for a five-star city break to indulge in all that London has to offer.

Our history

Grounds of Buckingham Palace

The hotel’s Royal history dates back to the 18th century, when the site now occupied by the hotel was part of Buckingham Palace’s grounds and was filled with shops and accommodations for Palace staff. Throughout the next century, a number of unique businesses occupied the building, including a Ham and Tongue dealer firm in the mid-1800s, a dressmaker shop run by Madame Excalier, an artificial flower shop, and the Aerated Bread Company. During the early 1900s, Rubens became a destination for debutantes and guests of the Palace’s Royal functions. Shortly after that, General Sikorski’s Free State Polish Army took over the property and used it as its headquarters, and their plaque remains on the building to this day. The property was then acquired by a hotel group in the mid 1900s, and in continuing its royal legacy, Princess Anne attended the Committee of Methodist Association of Youth Clubs lunch at the hotel in 1970.

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Hosting your wedding at The Rubens certainly makes for a special occasion. The hotel has a vibrant atmosphere that’s enhanced with rich furnishings, exceptional dining experiences and generous hospitality. The experienced Wedding Concierge and dedicated Events Specialist will advise and support you at every stage of the planning process and throughout the big day itself – leaving you free to relax with your guests and celebrate in style.

Private Dining

The Rubens at the Palace is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with family, friends or colleagues with a private dining experience. From intimate dining to larger affairs, the hotel will create the perfect ambience with a host of personal and thoughtful touches to make the event truly exceptional. The Rubens at the Palace is licensed to host wedding ceremonies overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace in our Palace Lounge, and each of the restaurants and bars are available for private hire, with set and bespoke designed menus.


The Rubens at the Palace is fully equipped to meet and exceed your needs, with highly attentive staff and a collection of business facilities to support you throughout your stay. Our beautiful function rooms can accommodate up to 160 people in comfortable elegance, and your dedicated Events Coordinator will make sure your event or meeting runs with meticulous efficiency. Our selection of spectacular rooms are ideal for anything from intimate private dinners to grand celebratory affairs.

Facilities & More

The Rubens at the Palace delivers an exceptional culinary experience to give diners plenty of choice for every occasion, with two spectacular restaurants, a beautiful lounge overlooking The Royal Mews, three bars, and 24-hour room service. The hotel also offers a collection of extraordinary experiences, exclusively curated with their treasured local partners. From food and drink tastings to master classes, private experiences, London tours, and family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone. if you are looking to unwind instead, a true focus on wellness can be found at the hotel. Spa treatments may be organised in-room upon request, complimentary yoga mats can be provided and fitness videos are at your disposal. The hotel is also home to one of London’s largest Living Walls, made up of 10,000 herbaceous plants to improve air quality, and resident rooftop honey bees on hand to harvest honey.


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Rubens at the Palace
39 Buckingham Palace Rd
London SW1W 0PS
United Kingdom