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Top 10 Best Lunch near Buckingham Palace

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Sightseeing in London will cover a varied list of top attractions for Londoners and visitors alike, but hardly anyone has left London behind with first visiting Buckingham Palace. Even though (parts of) the palace itself is only open a few months of the year to the general public, it is a perennial favourite for anyone with a camera and/or an Instagram account. There are a number of cafes near Buckingham Palace that will serve you quick bites if you’re in a hurry, but why not take some much needed time out from the tourist trail and settle in for a proper afternoon tea or lunch near Buckingham Palace instead?

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Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge
Victoria / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea

There is no better place to enjoy the much-loved traditional English occasion of afternoon tea than sitting back in the Palace Lounge at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. The traditional afternoon tea (pictured above) features a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches and delicious sweet treats including a selection of freshly baked scones from our scone menu of traditional, raisin, buttermilk, white chocolate and lavender, savoury cracked black pepper and parmesan and wholemeal orange, honey and currant. Contact Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge directly

Victoria / Bar / Cuisine: Bar

Located just a stone's throw from the palace itself, Greenwood is Victoria's largest pub; open all day, seven days a week, serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre/post theatre dining AND weekend brunches! The approachable, relaxed menu of stone-baked pizzas, burgers and other delicious delights, plus rotating guest ales, classic cocktails and award winning wines is great for weary sightseers. If you're looking for a little Royal treatment, why not pop into brow bar or perhaps get a trim at the barbershop to ensure you're looking tip top and ready for any occasion. Contact Greenwood directly

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Victoria / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: African

Bbar & Restaurant is an elegant mix of safari chic and colonial cool. The menu is international, but with a South African accent, lent by dishes like Springbok fillet and grilled Boerewors sausages. The two bars serve 110 wines (more 50 by the glass) from an eclectic list of old and new world producers and passionate mixologists prepare over 60 cocktails. Being close to Victoria Palace and the Apollo Victoria theatres, bbar is an excellent option for pre-theatre dining as well as visit to the palace. Contact bbar directly

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Palm Court Lounge
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea

Palm Court won the coveted award of excellence from the Afternoon Tea Guild a few years back and the head pastry chef won the Pastry Chef of the Year from the Craft Guild of Chefs, so her pastries definitely make the afternoon tea worth a visit. Soothing harp music plays every day in this Art Deco lounge, and it's conveniently close to Buckingham Palace, just a short stroll across Green Park to the main gates. Live like a Queen! Contact Palm Court Lounge directly

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Afternoon Tea at The Goring
Victoria / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea

For those who want to continue the royal connection after experiencing the allure of Buckingham Palace, an indulgent afternoon tea at the Goring Hotel on Grosvenor Gardens (just a few minutes walk from Victoria) is a great way to keep the day as refined as possible before hitting the hub of Victoria in full thrust. This is the hotel in which Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge stayed in before her marriage to Prince William; posh! Contact Afternoon Tea at The Goring directly

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Aster Restaurant
Victoria / Restaurant / Cuisine: Scandinavian

Do not miss a trip to Aster if you are passing Victoria. Just a 10 minute stroll from Buckingham Palace, you'll find this unique Scandinavian jouissance. The designer, Russel Sage is on trend here, the space is stylish with discerning views of Victoria. The Finnish chef, Helena Puolakka, focusses on flavours that reflect her Nordic background. If time is tight, look no further than the ground floor deli for a quick £4 sandwhich. You have to try the crisp pork belly and apple mustard first. Contact Aster Restaurant directly

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Mango Tree
Belgravia / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai

Back towards Victoria, The Mango Tree Thai restaurant behind Buckingham Palace on Grosvenor Street offers more formal dining and highly rated Thai food with good value set menus. The restaurant has won many awards and provides a soothing antidote to working in Victoria. The three-hour lunch sitting gives you the option of going a la carte, or if you're looking for cheap places to eat near Buckingham Palace, a three courses for £20.95 menu, including highlights such as Panang curry with beef or Pad Thai with prawns. Contact Mango Tree directly

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Balls Brothers
Victoria / Bar / Cuisine: Bar

If chips are closer to what you want (albeit quality chips), the Balls Brothers bar and restaurant on Buckingham Palace Road offers well priced bistro food with an English edge, a vast array of wines and cocktails, and a contemporary space that is a move away from their cloistered basement venues in The City. Sharing platters, light dishes, sandwiches and main courses are all available for lunch. Contact Balls Brothers directly

The Royal Quarter Cafe
St James / Restaurant / Cuisine: Cafe

The Royal Quarter Cafe on Buckingham Gate is a short walk from Buckingham Palace. The contemporary design and floor to ceiling windows (and a popular mix of home-made soups, salads and sandwiches, along with the ever necessary cakes and pastries) bring a bit of light, space and comfort to the Buckingham Palace area along the lines of The Quarters Groups' other cafes in Heals, on the Kings Road and in Battersea. Contact The Royal Quarter Cafe directly

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Browns Brasserie & Bar - Victoria
Victoria / Restaurant / Cuisine: British

Step out of Victoria station and walk six minutes towards the contemporary glass-fronted Cardinal Place. The stylish European Browns stands out as a great place to pop in for lunch. The atmosphere is elegant but relaxed. Regarding cuisine, they are mastering the vegan scene; warm butternut squash for starter and a vegan vanilla and coconut rice pudding for dessert. Two courses for £12.95. Walking distance from some of the best art galleries and theatres, just eight minutes from Buckingham Palace. Contact Browns Brasserie & Bar - Victoria directly

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