The Queen’s central London birthplace is now a Chinese restaurant after Blitz bombing


The monarch was born in a townhouse located at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair. The property, which belonged to the Queen’s maternal grandparents, was damaged during the Second World War

The Queen was born at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London
The Queen was born at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London

The birthplace of Queen Elizabeth II is now the site of a popular Chinese restaurant.

The monarch was born in a townhouse located at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, central London, on April 21, 1926.

Her parents had moved into the property, which belonged to her maternal grandparents, just weeks before the Queen’s birth.

Being the daughter of the King’s younger son, at the time she was not expected to become Queen.

However, she became heir to the throne when her father became King George VI upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII.

The original house where the Queen was born no longer exists as it was heavily damaged in the Blitz during the Second World War.

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Her Majesty was born in April 1926
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However, the address is now home to Hakkasan, a Chinese restaurant that opened its doors in November 2010.

The estate currently belongs to the royal family of Abu Dhabi and is part of a portfolio of properties in the capital believed to be worth £5bn, BBC News reports.

A plaque on the wall of the award-winning restaurant reads: “On the site stood the townhouse of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne where Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, later to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was born on 21 April 1926.”

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Another plaque says: “This plaque was dedicated in the Silver Jubilee year of her reign, to her Majesty the Queen who was born here on 21 April 1926.”

Hakkasan describes itself as “a leading destination for modern Cantonese cuisine in London”.

In the same block as Hakkasan, there are also some offices, whose entrance is believed to be close to the site where the Queen was born.

Princess Eugenie leaving Hakkasan restaurant in 2012
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Back in 2015, the Chinese restaurant was criticised for showing disrespect to Her Majesty after it positioned a smoking shelter right under plaques commemorating her birth and Silver Jubilee.

Councillor Martin Greig said he was particularly outraged as he spotted the shelter in the same week celebrations were held to mark the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch.

He said: “I was very sorry to see people smoking under the plaques. It was disrespectful.

“It was a very poor place to put a smoking shelter.

Hakkasan is an award-winning Chinese restaurant
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“It is a very significant place and should be treated with more dignity.”

Hakkasan then moved the smoking shelter and told The Mirror in a statement: “Hakkasan strives to ensure all guests are happy with its consistently high levels of service and hospitality, and welcomes all feedback.

“Hakkasan Mayfair’s smoking area has been moved away from the plaque to the other side of the front entrance.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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