Celebrations throughout the UK are set to mark Her Majesty’s birthday over the next few weeks. Here’s what Mayfair has to offer
2. Picnic in the park
Between 10 and 12 June, large screens in Green Park and St James’s Park will let you soak up the festival atmosphere without any of the planning (or clearing up) associated with organising a street party. If you want to save the hassle of packing a homemade spread too, a quick trip to Mayfair’s Mount Street Deli, just a 10-minute walk away, could meet all your picnic needs.
To mark the Queen’s birthday, Coronation chicken and cucumber sandwiches will both be on the daily specials menu on Friday 10 June, while scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream will be available throughout the week. If you want something a little more substantial, the Mount Street Deli Lunch Hamper or Scott’s Picnic Hamper include a range of sweet and savoury treats that you can graze on throughout the afternoon.
3. Right royal knees up
There’s no reason to limit the festivities to just one weekend. Throughout June, the Mayfair Chippy’s special celebratory menu offers grilled ‘Queenie’ scallops, a generous helping of fish and chips and a ‘Queen of puddings’ with summer berries and custard. Winner of ‘Best Newcomer’ at this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards, the restaurant is definitely an establishment that our monarch will approve of. Pull up a pew, tuck in and raise a glass to her big day.
4. Send your birthday wishes
A heart-felt tweet is all well and good, but a hand-written note on a beautifully hand-engraved card is a more befitting way to wish Her Majesty a happy birthday. Helpfully, the Mount Street Printers employs a team of highly skilled designers and craftsmen to produce some of London’s finest stationary. The 35-year-old Royal Warrant holder boasts a range of designs and customised options, so you’re bound to find something suitable.
5. A cut above
The Queen may be turning 90 this June, but age certainly hasn’t altered the pride she takes in her appearance. Why not take a leaf out of Her Majesty’s book and get ready for the big birthday weekend with a royal blow-dry or, better yet, a tribute HRH up-do? Swing by Jo Hansford’s South Audley Street salon on 10 or 11 June and receive a complementary glass of Champagne while you lie back and let the stylists work their magic.
6. Royal seal of approval
The Duchess of Cambridge recently revealed that, after much deliberation, the first gift she gave to the Queen was a simple, homemade jar of her own grandmother’s chutney. While the rest of us thankfully don’t have to worry about finding a present for the woman who has everything, we can honour her big day by adding a few personal touches to our own celebration – and a purchase from Royal Warrant holder HR Higgins is a great way to do just that. The specialist coffee and tea merchant was established on South Molton Street in 1942, but now operates from 79 Duke Street. Stop by the coffee and tea room if you want to toast Her Majesty with a brew that really is fit for a queen.