London Victoria’s The Rubens at the Palace hotel unveils new look

The grand, Edwardian façade of the newly refurbished Rubens at The Palace hotel in London, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, is the epitome of traditional English elegance. Sitting proudly between The Palace and the striking new NOVA development, The Rubens embraces great British tradition and heritage whilst being at the center of London’s newest must-visit locale. Relaunching, following the completion of a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Rubens now offers two brand new restaurant concepts, a vibrant bar, elegant afternoon tea service, plus updated accommodations and communal spaces.

Having stood as a neighbor to Buckingham Palace since the 1700s, The Rubens is a bastion of London’s Victoria and has played host to debutantes and notable members of society since the early 1900s. This high society heritage was the source of inspiration for the hotel’s most recent and extensive refurbishment since The Rubens became part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection in 1997. Red Carnation’s family-run design team has created the “new-look Rubens” which echoes the building’s impressive heritage and unparalleled locale with regal colorways and thoughtful touches, whilst bringing it up to date with The Rubens’ newly revitalized surrounds.

The accommodations at The Rubens have received a royal makeover with each of the 163 rooms, suites and serviced apartments polished to reflect the high standard seen throughout the public areas; over 80 new marble bathrooms were installed, alongside 163 chandeliers, some of which are Murano-made, and the rooms’ décor has been updated with regal colors and plush fabrics. Guests will now enjoy every modern convenience including USB sockets and upgraded televisions in every room.

The Rubens’ 18 prestigious Royal Rooms are the perfect accommodation for guests who wish to wholeheartedly embrace great British tradition. Each room is individually designed to echo the style of a member of the British monarchy and is decorated with a royal portrait, including Queen Elizabeth II herself, to Princes Phillip and Charles, Princess Anne to Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry. Murano glass chandeliers add further luster to the exclusive rooms.

In addition to outstanding and elegant accommodations for residential guests, The Rubens’ upgraded public spaces offer myriad food and beverage offerings. A new elegant fine dining restaurant, The English Grill, offers modern twists on classic English dishes, with daily pies and roasts expertly carved at diners’ tables, while the newly opened Curry Room features tried-and-tested Indian dishes from sister property The Oyster Box in Durban, South Africa. The striking red Cavalry Bar provides a vibrant atmosphere in which to enjoy cocktails from an innovative new menu, created by the hotel’s dedicated team of mixologists, whilst listening to live music, played nightly from 18:30-22:30. For a truly British institution, look no further than the hotel’s Palace Lounge where the property’s signature Royal Afternoon Tea is served daily. Utilizing the enviable locale overlooking the Royal Mews, the Palace Lounge offers panoramic views from which to catch a glimpse of the royal carriages to-ing and fro-ing all whilst dining on finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats in suitably regal surrounds. A selection of more than 20 different champagnes can also be enjoyed at The Rubens’ intimate Leopard Champagne Bar.

The Rubens’ commitment to sustainability is evidenced by the 350-meter-tall Living Wall adorning the side of the hotel overlooking NOVA. Its carpet of over 10,000 herbaceous plants improves the air quality of surrounding Victoria as well as breathing life into the surrounding urban neighborhood. The hotel’s refurbishment has brought the commitment to sustainability indoors, with adaptations of the infrastructure to ensure that The Rubens is now one of the most “green” hotels across the whole Red Carnation Collection.

Malcolm Hendry, General Manager of The Rubens at the Palace, said: “The Rubens has been lovingly refurbished from top to bottom, now fully embracing our royal heritage and celebrating great British tradition from our dining options, to our accommodations. We look forward to welcoming guests and visitors through our newly-polished doors to celebrate British heritage with us.”

For more information about The Rubens at The Palace, or to make a booking visit or call +44 (0)20 7834 6600.


Red Carnation Hotels are a collection of 17 family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition, with an exceptional reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings. Great pride is taken in delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service.

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