Despite the Queen still getting out and about aplenty fulfilling her royal duties (even at her grand age of 93), there’s no denying that you’d be hard pushed to just bump into her on the street.
While it’s not impossible to spot a royal if you’re really lucky – Kate Middleton has been spotted browsing the aisles of Waitrose in the past and Prince Harry has been known to take commercial flights – your chances of rubbing shoulders with the Queen are slim to none.
However, if you do want to increase your chances of spying Her Majesty out and about, you may want to consider booking a table at her favourite restaurant. Yes, despite having a plethora of top chefs at her disposal, the Queen of England does still enjoy a trip out to a swanky restaurant from time to time.
And it comes as no surprise that her restaurant of choice is a luxury five star spot well-known for it’s high end clientele. Not too far from Buckingham Palace, it’s Claridge’s that’s her majesty’s first choice for dining out. Last spotted there in February 2016 for a Gold Service Scholarship to honour the UK’s best young waiting staff, book a table here and who knows, you might be in the right place at the right time to spot her on her next visit.
Afternoon tea starts at £70 per person at Claridge’s, but if you haven’t a special event to warrant the prices, we suggest popping into the Claridge’s bar for an aperitif instead.
As for the Queen’s other favourite dining haunts, she apparently also counts Quaglino’s and The Goring as firm favourites.
Quaglino’s was the first restaurant in the UK to host a ruling British monarch after extending an invitation to the Queen after her coronation in 1952, an invitation she’s taken up many times since, too. The Goring, a Michelin star restaurant, is also not far from Buckingham Palace and the Queen Mother was also known to be a regular.