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

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

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 terraced house on 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, central London, on April 21, 1926.

Her parents had moved into the property, which belonged to her grandparents, a few weeks before the queen’s birth.

When she was the daughter of the king’s younger son, she was not expected to become queen at that time.

But she became heir to the throne when her father became King George VI after 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 Blitz during World War II.







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Her Majesty was born in April 1926
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But 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 in Abu Dhabi and is part of a portfolio of properties in the capital, which is believed to be worth 5 billion. pounds, reports BBC News.

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







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Another plaque reads: “This plaque was dedicated in the silver anniversary year of her reign, to Her Majesty the Queen, who was born here on April 21, 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 place where the queen was born.







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Back in 2015, the Chinese restaurant was criticized for showing disrespect for Her Majesty after placing a smoking home just below plaques commemorating her birth and silver anniversary.

Councilor Martin Greig said he was particularly outraged when he saw the shelter the same week celebrations were held to mark the Queen’s longest-serving monarch.

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

“It was a very poor place to place a smoking room.







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 center and told The Mirror in a statement: “Hakkasan strives to ensure that all guests are satisfied with its consistently high level of service and hospitality, and welcomes all feedback.

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

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