’Tis almost time to celebrate King Charles’ coronation, which provides the perfect excuse to forgo the fear of sprouting sausage fingers and imbibe with the spirit of the chap himself. But with little more than a week to go and a 60 per cent increase in flight searches to London over the big weekend, you better get planning, because soon your right to a throne may be compromised.
At Caviar House & Prunier on Piccadilly, just around the corner from His Maj’s Clarence House, go off-menu and ask for the secret ‘King’s’ pairing, which at £34.40 upgrades its bestselling ‘Marylin’ from a glass of champagne and a scoop of the restaurant’s house eggs to a portion of His Majesty’s Fine Caviar.
A few doors up at the Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, you’ll find limited-edition Welsh lamb Scotch eggs and a royal vanilla mousse lollipop as part of the legendary afternoon tea. For something heartier, around the corner at Wiltons (which at 281 years old has seen more coronations than most) enthusiasts can dine on a menu inspired by the one served on our late Queen’s coronation day, starring a Jerusalem artichoke velouté and a rack of lamb with baby leeks and wild garlic.
Speaking of our last monarch’s coronation meal, the institution that served it, Le Cordon Bleu, has created a modern coronation chicken bun inspired by the original dish it invented back in 1953, which can be enjoyed at Cord or Café Le Cordon Bleu. And finally, at Millie’s Lounge at The Ned, it’s go big or go home with A Feast Fit For A King. A one-off afternoon of indulgence on the day itself where royally clever folks can dine on limitless suckling pig, pie, lobster, oysters, treacle tart, trifle and plenty more for £100 per person, with the option of free-flowing Nyetimber bubbles for a cool £160. Spiffing.