For when your invite to Windsor Palace gets lost in the post.
The countdown is very much on for American actress Meghan Markle’s wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, and we’re starting to make our plans.
Unaccountably, we don’t seem to have received our royal wedding invitations, and at less than a week to go, it seems a bit late now.
Not to worry. Here’s where you can watch the May 19 proceedings without leaving Dubai.
Al Fayrooz at Jumeirah Al Qasr
An event like this needs regal surroundings, so we’re thinking the palatial Jumeirah Al Qasr is a winner. Al Fayrooz is putting on a royal afternoon tea featuring miniature wedding cakes for each guest, and 60-inch TV screens broadcasting the event live. They’re promising an elegant, tasteful event—sounds Queen-approved to us.
Royal wedding afternoon tea at Al Fayrooz, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. 2-6pm Saturday May 19. Dhs345 per person including a welcome glass of sparkling, Dhs240 without. Tel: (04) 432 3232.
Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis The Palm
Top British chef Gordan Ramsey’s Dubai outpost of Bread Street Kitchen seems like an appropriate place to watch Prince Harry and Meghan make their vows, and they’re putting on a brunch to celebrate. On the menu will be beef wellington (as well as a vegetarian option), tamarind spiced chicken wings, Yorkshire puddings, and wagyu sliders. There’ll be wedding cake and Eton mess for dessert, and prizes for best-dressed guests. We’re in it for the ice cream bar.
Royal wedding brunch at Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. 1-5pm Saturday May 19. Packages from Dhs245. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com.
Perry & Blackwelder’s, Madinat Jumeirah
This American barbecue spot is celebrating the transatlantic nature of the royal wedding with a British-meets-BBQ brunch. Expect cheesy jalapeño scones, coronation chicken wings, and smoked brisket beef vol-au-vents, plus much more. There’ll be a full afternoon tea, and the dress code is ‘something old, borrowed, or blue’ in keeping with the wedding theme.
Royal wedding brunch at Perry & Blackwelder’s, Madinat Jumeirah. 1-4pm Saturday May 19. Dhs395 for the House of Windsor package, Dhs525 for Meghan Sparkles. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com.
Rhodes W1 at Grosvenor House
Guests will be treated like royalty at this afternoon tea, the team promises, with Gary Rhodes creating a menu befitting the celebratory occasion. Expect scones with strawberry jam, buttered crumpets, and treacle tarts. It’s all very British, and very tempting. And of course, the wedding will be broadcast live.
Royal afternoon tea at Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina. 1.30-6pm Saturday May 19. Dhs295 per person with soft drinks, Dhs395 with sparkling, Dhs495 with premium sparkling. Tel: (04) 317 6000. rw1-dubai.com.
Le Royal Meridien
If you’re wishing you could be back home in the UK for a royal street party, this is your option. Geales are putting on a special brunch, with roast beef, chicken, leek and mushroom pie, and a vegetarian nut roast on offer. Dessert wise there will be sticky toffee pudding and Eton mess, among other delights, and since it’s a buffet, you could eat nothing but sweets if the fancy took you.
The Geales royal brunch, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. From 12.30pm, Saturday May 19. Dhs290 per person with soft drinks, Dhs440 with house beverages. Tel (04) 316 5550. leroyalmeridien-dubai.com.
The Scene, Pier 7
As you might expect from an ongoing favourite British restaurant such as The Scene, it’s going to be a full weekend of celebrations here. They’re holding a rehearsal dinner the night before, and invite you down for the event itself from 1pm on the Saturday. On the menu you’ll find a roast dinner for Dhs125, a beef wellington for two for Dhs249, a drinks package for Dhs175, and afternoon tea offerings.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19. Tel: (04) 4222 328. thescenedubai.com
Reform Social & Grill
Here’s one to dress up for—Reform are offering prizes for the most wedding-ready guests on the big day. Hats encouraged. The main event will show on the big screens here, and the menu will be quintessentially British.
Royal wedding party brunch, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai. 1-5pm, Saturday May 19. Dhs250 per person with soft drinks, Dhs325 house beverages, Dhs400 with bubbles. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae.
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club are also offering prizes for the most fabulously attired, so start planning your outfit now. They’re celebrating Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding with a luxurious brunch full of British flavour.
Very British royal brunch, Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road. 1.30-5pm Saturday May 19. Dhs299 per person with soft drinks, Dhs415 with house beverages, Dhs475 sparkling and Dhs685 bubbly. Kids prices available. Tel: (04) 417 9999. dubaigolf.com.