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The Rubens at the Palace in London, England

The Rubens at the Palace is the closest you'll get to a sleepover with the Queen without a state visit invitation. The hotel is directly across from the royal residence on property that enjoys a colorful past – the Duke of Buckingham lived here in the 1600s, followed by an apothecary and a Court dressmaker. The Rubens, which was built in 1912, housed the Polish army during WWII and gave respite to exiled Charles de Gaulle. The hotel's decadent – and often equally colorful – rooms and suites are a comfortable home base in the epicenter of London.

Greet the day with a morning stroll across the gardens. Stop by the Queen's Gallery, which displays many of the best works from the Royal Family's personal collection. Roam Westminster, but be back in time for high tea – from the lounge you’ll see the Queen's stables and maybe even catch a glimpse of passing pageantry. As evening progresses, settle into an armchair by a crackling fire and savor a plate of grilled Dover sole with chive and butter sauce.

Location of The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace
39 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W 0PS
London, England

Nearest Airport: LHR

Amenities for The Rubens at the Palace

  • General Information
  • 161 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Dining Room
  • Champagne Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Chauffeur Service
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
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  • Bike Tours
  • Cultural Tours
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Family
  • Children's Amenities
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Train Station
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Parks
  • Theatres
  • Public Transportation
  • Monuments
  • Interests
  • City
  • Culture & Arts

Reviews for The Rubens at the Palace

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a fantastic day and evening. The staff was attentive, friendly and more than helpful. The food was amazing and we had the feeling that all the staff was happy to go this extra mile. The gin tasting experience was informative, interesting and entertaining. We will definitely come and visit London more often and will make sure we are staying at the Rubens again.

Vivian F


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the Rubens with a group of girlfriends for a birthday celebration. It's a fabulous setting, the afternoon tea was delicious, the scones were served warm and there was a good range of teas. The friendly attentive staff were polite and efficient. A complimentary small glass of champagne and a small cake with a lit candle was a lovely touch. In comparison to similar establishments The Rubens at the Palace is good value and would definitely recommend.

Doug S - Stafford


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Overnight stay to celebrate wife's 60th. Lovely hotel like stepping back in time. Excellent helpful staff. Good size comfortable room with extra little touches. Nice bar but bit pricey although we had complimentary cocktails with our offer. Very good Breakfast. Excellent location just a short walk or tube journey to many top attractions. Would definitely stay again.

peachie48 - Lancing, United Kingdom


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic evening. Staff attentive and friendly. Our mixologist, Jacek was entertaining and informative. Food was of a high standard not forgeting to mention the outstanding Gin. Will certainly return soon.

spiking - croydon


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I usually save The Rubens to treat ourselves when in London but with a free weekend at the beginning of half term we booked an Executive Suite (Duke of Cambridge over looking the Royal Mews) which also comfortably accommodated our daughter in the separate seating area on a sofa bed which was made up on turndown. From the moment we arrived we were looked after extremely well by the fantastic Red Carnation staff for whom nothing ever seems too much trouble. I would like to make particular mention of Evelyn on reception and Maisy in guest relations who both ensured requests on our guest preference form were met and immediately dealt with a very minor maintenance issue in the bathroom. It was also wonderful to catch up with the new front of house manager Johal who remembered us from previous stays at The Duke of Richmond (another Red Carnation hotel in Guernsey), he even remembered our daughter’s love for mango juice! We booked direct and paid in advance which on a current offer resulted in a significant saving. We also took advantage of a complimentary 6pm Sunday checkout which really felt as if we had booked another night as we were able to have a late breakfast, go out for the day then freshen up and relax in the room before enjoying a wonderful evening meal in The English Grill (also taking advantage of a £50 dining credit) before driving home in time for Monday morning early commitments. Valet parking is only available until 8pm but this was no problem for the concierge team who parked the car at the back of the hotel so we could enjoy a relaxed meal. We very much look forward to our next visit.

GailW2100 - Norwich, United Kingdom


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