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Smart Deals: The Royal Child at The Athenaeum Hotel, London

Queen Elizabeth making sandcastle at Craigwell House in Bognor, on view at The Athenaeum Hotel in London this summer.
Queen Elizabeth making sandcastles at Craigwell House in Bognor, on view at The Athenaeum Hotel in London this summer.

What’s the Deal: In a summer that will include HM The Queen’s Coronation Anniversary and the birth of a Royal baby, The Athenaeum Hotel, in the heart of  Mayfair within sight of Buckingham Palace will offer its own celebration. Between Saturday, June 22nd and August 31st, the Athenaeum will be hosting an exhibition of more than 40 rarely-seen photos of the Royal family’s children, from Victorian times to the present day. The ‘Royal Child’ exhibition, curated in partnership with Royal Life Magazine, includes a striking, never-before-published image of HM The Queen making sandcastles in Sussex at the age of four (see above). On weekends until the end of August, guests will be able to view the photographs over a sumptuous afternoon tea in the Hyde Park suite and listen to the insights from Royal photographer Ian Pelham Turner and Helena Chard.

 What’s the Backstory: The Athenaeum’s Royal Summer Afternoon Tea will include honey roast ham with Royal Park honey, arugula and red onion marmalade sandwiches, along with Royal drop orange blossom scones with rich Devonshire clotted cream and homemade English strawberry jam. Not to mention traditional British cakes and pastries, including Victoria sponge cake with Royal icing, Battenberg cake and English strawberry tartlets. The Athenaeum was named 2012 winner of the Top London Afternoon Tea award from the Tea Guild.There are two sittings per day at weekends, priced at £60 (approximately $93) per person.

 What are the Details: The Royal Child’ Photography Exhibition and Royal Tea accommodation package starts at $823, based on double occupancy, and includes  a deluxe room, two places at the Royal Child afternoon tea and two tickets for Buckingham Palace – The State Rooms and Garden Highlight Tour. Rates include full English breakfast daily, all drinks and snacks from the mini-bar, tax of 20%, free meals for children under 12, one-way transfer from any London airport for a three-night stay or round-trip for a five-night stay.  Subsequent nights are $579.

 Booking: Call 800-335-3300 or visit www.athenaeumhotel.com/

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