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Michele Sponagle

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Smitten by hotels ever since she was a kid, hoarding toiletries started early and picked up steam as Michele Sponagle began a career as a freelance journalist. Her globetrotting has taken her to properties in more than 50 countries, from rustic B&Bs to sprawling resorts.

As the coronation date (May 6) of King Charles approaches, several luxurious UK hotels have announced some enticing experiences, from commemorative teas and Royal Warrant shopping guides to zero-waste cocktails.

The Beaumont, photo by ZACandZAC

The Beaumont in Mayfair, which will see an extension by Thierry Despont later in 2023, will offer an in-room “coronation pack” for guests overnighting on Friday, May 5. It will include a map of the big day’s events, Union Jack flags, a Union Jack hat and a commemorative mug. In addition, the property’s afternoon tea for the entire month of May will give a nod to the extraordinary precious and semi-precious stones found in the Crown Jewels with gemstone-hued pastries (think rich ruby red and grassy green of emeralds) that are flavored with the scents of English spring gardens (such as red currants, rose and elderflower).

L’oscar, photo by Gregoire Gardette

L’oscar is housed within a Baroque-style, Grade-II listed former church in Bloomsbury. Taking inspiration from Oscar Wilde, Jacques Garcia restored the interiors with sumptuous fabrics and jewel tones while retaining some of the original touches, including two fireplaces with Royal Doulton terracotta panels. This is the place for those who would like to be near the theater and shop like a royal. The property under the Michel Reybier Hospitality group (with hotels in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Zermatt and Interlaken) will provide a map of Royal Warrant Holders nearby.

The Bloomsbury

To celebrate the coronation of King Charles, The Doyle Collection’s London properties will create a series of cocktails inspired by the two things about which the new monarch is most passionate—sustainability and British produceThe Bloomsbury, The Marylebone  and The Kensington will each create a zero-waste cocktail featuring British spirits and sustainably sourced produce, channeling the English countryside. Think herbaceous Cornish gin, juicy British strawberries and fragrant local elderflower.

Dromoland Castle

In nearby Ireland, Dromoland Castle lets its youngest guests celebrate their own coronation with a special Princess Package. This entails a day of lessons in deportment, song and traditional dance, a trip to the spa for hair and nails, and culminates with a coronation in the great Kincora Hall with a crown and certificate (and, of course, a royal afternoon tea).

The Fife Arms

In the heart of Royal Deeside, The Fife Arms in Braemar is the perfect location to mark the historic event. Royal Deeside has a rich and longstanding connection with the Royal family, stemming from the 1850s when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert built Balmoral Castle as a family home, just nine miles from the property. Over the coronation weekend, guests will enjoy a special afternoon tea with classic Victoria sponge and coronation chicken, picnics at the Highland Games Centre, as well as a royal whisky tasting in Bertie’s Whisky Bar, featuring a curated flight of King Charles’s favorite drams.

Lead image: Dromoland Castle

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