Where better to enjoy a regal afternoon tea than at the palatial Al Fayrooz lounge? Highly Commended in our Best Afternoon Tea category at the 2018 Restaurant Awards, this offering from Jumeirah Al Qasr is set to be a top one to mark the occasion of Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
The afternoon tea will include plenty of tasty sandwiches and scones as well as miniature wedding cakes to take home as a souvenir. The wedding will be shown on 60in screens so you can be sure you won’t miss a minute of the day’s celebrations. Dhs240 (tea only), Dhs345 (with a glass of bubbly). Sat May 19, 2pm-6pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
If you were agonising over the difficult choice between watching the wedding or the FA Cup Final, then here's the solution.
Amwaj Rotana is showing both throughout the day at JB's Gastropub, from 12 noon onwards.
It is promising guests a variety of roasts as well as a variety of mixed beverages named after the royal family.
Sat May 19, 12 noon onwards. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR, rotana.com (04 428 3084).
Everyone who’s been to a wedding knows it’s not just about the ceremony. It’s about the breakfast before, the vows themselves and the reception too.
In that vein, Barasti is hosting what could be the ultimate royal-themed party this year.
It lasts from 11am until 3am and it’s free entry all day and night – with guests encouraged to swap their fascinators for beach hats.
The wedding will be beamed live on to Barasti’s giant outdoor screen so you can watch it all from the comfort of the pool.
There will also be live entertainment and DJs throughout the day with classic British food and beverages served. All in all, Barasti is promising to keep you royally entertained. Free entry. Sat May 19, 11am-3am. Le Méridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, barastibeach.com (04 318 1313).
BREAD STREET KITCHEN
Where could be more British to watch a Royal Wedding in Dubai than at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen?
On Saturday May 19, the British celebrity chef’s restaurant will be hosting a special brunch, showing the wedding live on multiple screens.
Plus, you’ll get heaps of British fare, including a buffet of hot and cold starters such as tamarind-spiced chicken wings, wagyu sliders, mini roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, tuna tartare, artisan cheeses, breads, salads and more.
Main courses are served to the table, with choices including fish and chips and beef Wellington.
Desserts include Eton mess, Victoria sponge, trifle, and, of course, wedding cake.
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs449 (sparkling), Dhs105 (kids aged four-11), free (kids under four). Sat May 19, 1pm-5pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already taken a trip to Scotland together and were seen in the capital Edinburgh.
So why not celebrate their wedding at Scottish pub Copper Dog?
They're showing the nuptials live on "many screens and projectors" on Saturday May 19.
Guests can also get a traditional roast and a glass of grape for Dhs115.
Open 5pm-2am, Sat May 19. DoubleTree by Hilton, Dubai Jumeirah Beach, copperdog.ae (04 559 5355).
It's worth getting out your best threads for the DUKES royal wedding celebration. That's because the dress code requests hats for ladies and morning suits for the gents.
Guests are invited to celebrate a lavish brunch followed by a live screening in the hotel's St James Suite.
The event will showcase traditional British fare and comes in at Dhs320 per person including house beverages.
Just don't forget your hat and morning coat.
Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs400 (sparkling beverages). 1pm-4pm, Sat May 19. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, dukesdubai.com (04 455 1111).
EMIRATES GOLF CLUB
At the Emirates Golf Club, there will be an afternoon tea-themed brunch, with starters including sandwiches filled with cucumber & cream cheese, egg & cress and beef & horseradish.
There will also be crisp garden salads and hot snacks such as cheese puffs.
For the main course, guests can take their pick of British classics like whole poached salmon, sliced roast beef and homemade Coronation chicken.
The selection of desserts includes profiteroles, apple pie, banoffee pie, cheesecake, trifle and tarte au citron. Delicious!
There will even be prizes for the best dressed during the event, which runs from 1.30pm to 5pm – so get your best wedding wear on.
Dhs685 (bubbles), Dhs475 (sparkling beverages), Dhs415 (house beverages), Dhs299 (soft beverages). Children between 7 and 12 years can get in for Dhs90, while under 7s dine free. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2, dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).
The Arabian Ranches spot is serving up a traditional British meal in honour of the occasion.
As well as showing every minute of the Royal Wedding on television, there will be a three-course meal starring clear oxtail consommé, a Royal beef Wellington for main course and a slice of wedding cake for dessert.
Plus there’s a happy hour on traditional British drinks, too.
Dhs199 (food only). Sat May 19, noon-5pm. Arabian Ranches (04 450 1313).
Head to British chef Jason Atherton’s Dubai Marina restaurant to watch the Royal Wedding on the big screen and enjoy a fittingly regal celebratory roast.
On Saturday May 19, from 1pm, the restaurant will be serving up a three-course menu for Dhs250 per person, with starters including Italian beef tomato filled with burrata and drizzled with 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar, grilled asparagus topped with a slow-cooked egg, Hollandaise and a parmesan crumb, and a terrine of confit duck and foie gras.
The choice of roasts for mains are roast beef, lamb leg, chicken or nut roast (all served with trimmings and a Yorkshire pudding, natural).
Finally, for dessert choose either an apple crumble white chocolate cheesecake (drool), almond and chocolate bar with basil ice cream, or strawberry and cream parfait (a very British combination indeed).
Dress to impress – Marina Social promises “fantastic prizes” to be won. Dhs250 three-course meal. Sat May 19, 1pm-10pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (055 483 5962).
Nineteen at Address Montgomerie Golf Course is offering a fabulous royal wedding brunch, with plenty of British-inspired cuisine.
The chic neighbourhood restaurant has views of all the golfing action and and will be celebrating all the latest from Windsor with a live screening.
Even better, when the brunch ends at 3.30pm happy hour runs through until 5pm with beverage priced at just Dhs31.
Dhs265 (soft drinks), Dhs360 (house beverages), Dhs490 (sparkling beverages). Sat May 19, 12.30pm-3pm. Address Montgomerie, Clubhouse Ground Floor, Emirates Hills, theaddress.com. (04 363 1221).
It is often said that the early bird gets the worm. But at Polo Club, the early bird gets the complimentary pamper treatment.
That's right – men and women will get help to look their best, completely free, from 11am-2pm.
Then at 2pm, everything turns royal with the start of Polo Club's regal brunch.
It all runs until 6pm, and it's Dhs345 per person including house beverages.
A la carte options are also available at the venue.
Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs110 (children). 2pm-6pm, Sat May 19. Opposite Arabian Ranches, next to Studio City, poloclubdubai.com (04 361 8111).
REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL
As the celebrations get underway at Windsor Castle, and indeed before, Dubai gastropub Reform Social & Grill will be hosting a range of events.
First, on Friday May 18 it's one for the ladies, with a traditional British high tea selection available from 6pm to 10pm.
It includes everything from smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches to delicious strawberry and custard tarts for dessert.
Then on Saturday May 19, it's the big day. Reform's party runs from 1pm to 5pm, with celebrations including a special screening and a prize for the best hat or fascinator.
The brunch package includes a three-course meal in sharing style, with highlights including a Countryman's platter and a selection of desserts (including wedding cake, naturally).
Dhs400 (bubbles), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs250 (soft beverages). Ladies' evening brunch: Fri May 18, 6pm-10pm. Wedding day party: Sat May 19, 1pm-5pm. The Lakes, reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).
Ready for a fancy royal occasion? Head to this restaurant from British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes for a commemorative Royal Afternoon Tea.
The Royal Wedding will be screened before you eat, so sip on a welcome drink and admire her dress. From 2.30pm until 6pm you’ll be able to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea featuring coronation chicken and roast beef sandwiches.
There’s also a range of savoury dishes including a lobster cocktail, salmon fishcake and a turkey and cranberry pasty. Follow all this up with homemade scones and warm, buttered crumpets. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly). Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
THE RITZ-CARLTON DUBAI
A Royal occasion expects a sophisticated outing, and The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is offering up a special afternoon tea to celebrate.
Taking place in the grand Lobby Lounge, white-gloved butlers will serve you your tea, which includes coronation chicken with parsley cream and cucumber sandwiches, bakewell tart, warm plain and raisin scones with Cornish clotted cream and jams.
There’s even a version of the Royal wedding cake – in lemon and elderflower flavour with rich buttercream.
Gents, if you’re after something a little more hearty, you can opt for a Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea, in The Library Bar – which will be transformed into a “groom’s room” for the occasion. Bites on the menu including beef tartare and wagyu sliders. Dhs195 (afternoon tea), Dhs295 (gentlemens’ tea), Dhs495 (bubbly), half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Sat May 19, 2pm-6pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6150).
The Scene promising an afternoon of “all things quintessentially British”, as well as the usual stunning views out over the Marina.
Don’t fret, there will be plenty of bunting in red, white and blue – as well as face painting and a tea tower filled with traditional British treats.
Of course, the wedding will be screened live from 1pm and there’s a deal offering five selected beverages for Dhs175 throughout the afternoon.
If you want to celebrate earlier, there’s a “rehearsal dinner” throughout the day on Friday May 18 with the same great offers.
If you’re heading along, The Scene is encouraging you to “wave your flags high, put on your best hat and raise a glass for the royal wedding”.
Now that’s something we can fully get behind.
From Dhs165 (afternoon tea for two people). Fri May 18 and Sat 19 from 12pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina, thescenedubai.com (04 422 2328).
…and other places to celebrate
There’s a brilliant prize on offer at BiCE Ristorante for whichever couple is dressed the best.
The pair will win a one-night stay at The Royal Penthouse of Hilton Dubai The Walk so they can feel like they’re really part of it.
The competition is being offered during the restaurant’s special royal wedding brunch on Saturday May 19, with diners encouraged to wear their finest attire for the three-course set menu.
However, while the actual ceremony screens at 1pm Dubai time, this brunch starts at 2.30pm – so you’ll need to find somewhere else to watch it first.
Dhs450 (house beverages). Sat May 19, 2.30pm-6pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, hilton.com (04 318 2520).
In honour of the big event on Saturday May 19, the Irish bar is hosting a cheeky night filled with deals and prizes on Thursday May 10.
And, while it’s unlikely Prince Harry will show his face, if you look like him you could be in line to win a breakfast for four with house beverages.
That’s right, McGettigan’s wants to see the best Prince Harry outfit.
That’s not all, as the bar will also be showing the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham, which kicks off at 10.45pm.
Happy hour runs from 4pm until 9pm, too, when selected drinks are Dhs25.
McGettigan’s resident band will also be performing live, making this a party not to be missed.
Gents should dress dapper according to the night’s dress code, so pick out your most princely outfit for the night.