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Rubens at the Palace

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Photo: Courtesy of The Rubens at the Palace

39 Buckingham Palace Rd.
London, SW1W 0PS, United Kingdom
TEL: 44-20-7834-6600

Looking to stay near Buckingham Palace? The Rubens—situated directly across the Royal Mews—is the closest you’ll get. Formerly occupied by everything from a 19th-century apothecary to a court dressmaker, this hotel was a favorite of debutantes and other attendees of functions at Buckingham Palace. Today, it houses 161 old-meets-new rooms and suites, a tea lounge serving sweet and savory scones, and a 3,767-square-foot Living Wall with buttercups and strawberries in bloom.

Room to Book:

Try the Royal Wing—each of its eight rooms is decorated to reflect a different monarch (think crystal chandeliers and canopied beds).

Insider Tip:

If you have kids in tow, ask the dedicated Director of Fun and Adventure (a.k.a. John) to arrange everything from theater tickets to a day at the London Zoo.

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