Formula Kite European Championships – September 19 – 24

We are so excited to be a sponsor for the Formula Kite European Championships which are coming to Portsmouth from 19th to 24th September.

Kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024 so it’s really exciting to have the European Championships happening right on our doorstep.

Portsmouth will showcase Europe’s best riders

Europe’s best riders are expected to be in attendance as they vie not just for the title of European Champion but also as they aim to qualify their nations for the Olympic Games. Crucially, the regatta will continue the legacy of London 2012, offering world-class racing in a city centre location easily watched by spectators.

Portsmouth was chosen to showcase this super-fast kite foil racing in the countdown to the Paris 2024 Olympics after the RYA won the right to host the 2023 Formula Kite European Championship.

What is kite foiling?

Kite foiling sees riders ‘fly’ above the water on hydrofoils attached to boards, powered by huge kites which can propel them to incredible speeds of more than 35 knots.

Eastney beach will provide the perfect viewpoint to watch the high-octane racing, which will take place just a few hundred metres from the shore.


Here at the Queens, we love the colourful world film director, Wes Anderson has created and we were beyond overjoyed to discover we are part of the Accidentally Wes Anderson phenomenon that has taken social media by storm.

Photographer Tom Benjamin submitted us to the site way back in 2019. We are delighted to feature on the map of 1,821 places highlighting the most beautiful, idiosyncratic and interesting places on earth.



Who is behind AWA?

Brooklyn-based husband and wife team of Wally & Amanda came up with the idea for AWA to develop a personal travel bucket list. First established on Instagram, their personal project quickly developed into a wide-reaching resource, providing inspiration for travellers and creatives across the world. Today their site has two million followers and there have been books and postcards produced.

With their puppy mascot, Dexter, by their side, the adventurous couple’s mission evolved from curating and researching interesting locations to bringing the Community along on virtual Adventures around the world. Their mission remains the same from the start – provide a daily dose of delight and inspire a sense of adventure and curiosity for all that wish to participate.

Proud to be part of the community

A viral online phenomenon, AWA has encouraged millions of people to view the world in a different way, celebrating a gorgeous colour palette and composition.

We are so proud to be part of this global phenomenon that inspires more than one million adventurers.


Our talented pastry team loves nothing more than creating delectable delights for you to enjoy as part of our much-loved afternoon tea.

Melt in the mouth scones that can be topped with jam and cream (or should it be cream and jam – where do you sit on this question?), light as a feather sponge and delicious macarons are just a few of the elements that win regular plaudits from guests.

To mark afternoon tea week, we are offering everyone that books between August 7th to 13th the chance to enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or alcohol free alternative.  You can book via our website here

History of the afternoon tea

The tradition of Afternoon Tea is attributed to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. She is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. The solution was a pot a tea and a light snack. This was taken privately at first, then she invited friends to join her. Eventually all fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Afternoon Tea Week is a perfect excuse to celebrate this cherished British tradition and experience the elegance and charm of this delightful treat.

Here are just a few recent reviews

Five star review – “Took my mum for afternoon tea for her 60th birthday. It was a really special day and the hotel made it even more special.”

Five star review – “I took family and friends out for afternoon tea. As always there was excellent service and quality of food. The Queens has a beautiful dining area and the staff are helpful and attentive. I had two children in our party and the waiting staff were so kind to them, they made them feel so special. The menu changes seasonally, which is a wonderful reason to keep coming back.”


Our Executive Chef, Simon Hartnett, was among a galaxy of culinary artists at a brand new event launching Hampshire Food Festival 2023.

Running over Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd July, Celebrating Hampshire was a collaboration between Festival Place in Basingstoke and Hampshire Fare. The focus was on a chefs’ kitchen in Festival Place’s Porchester Square with an artisan produce market plus sampling.

Cookery theatre

Tracy Nash, Hampshire Fare, said: “It was so great to have a cookery theatre in the centre of this popular shopping centre showcasing our region’s great chefs. Thanks to Festival Place supporting local, this event was a true celebration of Hampshire. Cooking demos featured Hampshire ingredients, while local growers, makers and producers sold their products. What is not to LOVE!”

Hampshire Fare

Queens Hotel General Manager, Paul Playford, said: “It was great that Simon was part of such an exciting showcase event that launched the Hampshire Food Festival 2023.

“We are great supporters of Hampshire Fare and Simon loves to use local produce in his menus. There’s so much great produce on our doorstep and we are proud to champion it at the Queens.”


Hampshire Food Festival 2023

Organised by Hampshire Fare, the Festival encompasses a delicious programme of events running across the region: including chef demos, menus, markets, tours, tastings and workshops. What’s more, the 21st Hampshire Food Festival has been given a makeover. It will now run throughout the summer across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. For more details:


Photo credit: The Electric Eye Photographer

We love this legacy art project from this year’s Portsmouth Pride and wanted to share a bit more information about the eye catching magenta coloured hoardings.

Art collaboration

This year’s ‘Everybody’s Pride’ mural is a collaboration between Portsmouth based artist and trans activist Mister Samo and local creative studio FORM+FUNCTION – whose work in the city looks to connect communities through creativity.

The 45+ foot long hoarding close to the Queens Hotel car park, was beautifully positioned to be visible for attendees of the Pride Main Day Event.

And now it will be a prominent (hot pink!) legacy artwork – emblazoned with Mister Samo’s iconic ‘YOU ARE LOVED’ message – for residents and visitors to the city to appreciate.

Proud rainbow community

The mural and its messaging demonstrates the power of collective, creative collaboration in support – and celebration of – Portsmouth’s wonderful, growing and PROUD rainbow community.


We were delighted to host the party to mark the retirement of Ruth White, CEO of Rowans Hospice 

Among the guests celebrating her retirement was TV legend Fred Dinenage

He said Ruth had done an amazing job leading the organisation since June 1994. She explained she has been working in hospices since 1986 and she came to Rowans Hospice as their first matron.

Amazing team

Looking back over her time at Rowans Hospice, Ruth said: ” It’s been tremendous. There are many facets to the role and I’ve been lucky to work with an amazing team.”

One highlight was the time she and the team were able to fulfill a father’s dying wish. Through the power of social media, the hospice was able to secure a top secret screening of a recent Star Wars movie before its release.

Looking to the future

Ruth said she was looking forward to taking stock before deciding on future plans.

“When you have been working in an organisation for as long as I have, it will be good to create some space and take the time to decide who I am and how I want to spend my time from now on,” she said.


A host of new talent will be taking part in this summer’s Sunday Sessions at the Queens Hotel in Portsmouth.

Our hotel is well known for hosting live music on a Sunday throughout the summer. Some of the best-known local performers take part.

New talent

This summer talented new faces will be joining established acts such as Rachel Hawnt, Martyn James &Rob Richardson and Amba Tremain  as they set out on their career path to stardom.

Head of Sales, Marketing & Events, Nicole Morris, explained: “Undoubtedly we wanted to build on the success of last year’s Sunday Sessions. We wanted to offer new talent the opportunity to sing in front of the appreciative crowd that we regularly attract at the Queens.”

Judging panel

Judging panel included Queens Hotel General Manager Paul Playford, Julia Worsley PR and Marketing Officer at the Kings Theatre and music promoter, Nick Courtney.

Julia has acting experience in TV, film, radio and theatre. She’s also had leading roles in West End productions of Les Miserables, Oliver and The Commitments.

High standard

“It was an absolute honour to be asked to represent The Kings Theatre at the auditions for the Sunday Sessions. I couldn’t believe the high  standard of acts especially considering the age of some of the auditionees.

“We are so fortunate to have so much talent locally. It’s always rewarding to be able to help promote this.

“The Queens Hotel team are as committed as we are here at The Kings Theatre, to shining a spotlight on up-and-coming performers and opportunities such as the Sunday Sessions are a huge part of the journey towards a professional career for these young performers.

“I applaud the Queens for this initiative. I am very much looking forward to coming down to the Queens Hotel to watch the winners. The audiences really are in for a treat,” she said.

Rising stars

Nick Courtney added: “It was a pleasure for me to attend and watch the rising stars auditions at the Queens Hotel.

“The standard was exceptionally high. Many of those auditioning were far more than just rising stars or the up and coming artists that were expected to audition.

“Many already had years of experience despite their young age. They just wanted to be seen and given the chance to perform in the beautiful Queens Hotel garden.

“It was really nice of them to give up their time and make the effort. Hopefully everyone will enjoy their performances as much as we did.”

The full-line up can be seen here

Picture 1 – Amber Sutka,11, was the youngest performer at the auditions and will be singing
on July 9 th
Picture 2 – Established act Martyn James and Rob Richardson performing at the Queens in
Picture 3 – Judging panel left to right: Paul Playford, Julia Worsley and Nick Courtney


Cherry Liquor, the face of Portsmouth Pride, popped in for a masterclass in cocktail-making from our Bars Manager, Sobhi Mazloum.

We are the official hotel of Portsmouth Pride and love nothing more than hosting Cherry and the Portsmouth Pride team.

Cherry Liquor was the perfect muse

Sobhi mixed his special cocktail named the Rainbow and Cherry was the perfect muse for his colourful concoction.

“I love nothing more than creating bespoke cocktails, “explained Sobhi. “We will be making these over the Portsmouth Pride weekend (June 10/11) and then throughout the summer.”

£1 donation from every cocktail

One pound from the price of every cocktail will be going to Portsmouth Pride and General Manager Paul Playford said he hoped the Rainbow cocktail would prove popular.

He said: “We are keen supporters of Portsmouth Pride and we hope our cocktail fundraiser will help to boost their coffers.

“It’s really important for the Queens to be a place that is welcoming for everyone and the Portsmouth Pride event is one of the highlights of our calendar.”

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A new food industry networking event, Eat the Island, takes place on Thursday 8 June from 3 – 6pm at the Queens Hotel. It is for local food and drink producers, independent retailers and hospitality venues in Portsmouth and the South Coast region.

Eat the Island is a free networking event organised by Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Fare and the Queens Hotel. It aims to bring together local businesses to inspire, create opportunities and celebrate the area’s vibrant food and drink culture.

Showcasing local produce

The Portsmouth food industry event will offer producers the opportunity to showcase their products to local hospitality venues and retailers. It will help them to grow a sustainable and thriving supply chain in the heart of Portsmouth. In addition, there will be a programme of short talks covering good practice, increasing revenue and enhancing the consumer experience.

Jane Lamer Head of Economic Development and Skills at Portsmouth City Council, said: “Eat the Island is a new initiative resulting from our work to support local businesses through the annual Southsea Food Festival. 

“By bringing together food and drink businesses, we hope to enable greater opportunities to work together and grow Portsmouth’s economy.”

Joining up the foodie dots

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare, said: ‘Joining up the foodie dots is what we do best at Hampshire Fare. This is going to be a great example of this. We are delighted to be involved in this Portsmouth food industry event. We are very excited about the vibrancy of the food and drink sector in this region’

The event builds on the success of Southsea Food Festival and the city’s lively food and drink offering.

Portsmouth – a food destination

Paul Playford, General Manager of the Queens Hotel said he was delighted to host the first Eat the Island event.

“We are keen for our island city to be seen as a food destination. 

“We look forward to working with other hospitality providers and local producers to put ourselves on the foodie map for the UK,” he said.

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We are delighted to work with talented typographer and designer Sarah Fisher, who created The Portsmouth & Southsea Colouring Book.

The moment we saw the wonderful vector illustrations she created for her book, we knew we wanted to be able to offer children the opportunity to colour in Sarah’s delightful depiction of the Queens when they visit Restaurant 1865.

Colouring books for children

General Manager, Paul Playford, said: “We like to keep our younger guests entertained as they wait for their meal. Having such a great illustration of the Queens for them to colour in is just the icing on the cake.”

Sarah explained she had previously created colouring books for designer Cath Kidston and really enjoyed the process.

Landmarks and iconic buildings

When she moved to Portsmouth seven years ago, Sarah had the idea of creating a colouring book for the city. In the process, she got to know her way round the landmarks and iconic buildings we all know and love.

“I illustrated 52 original drawings of scenes around Portsmouth for The Portsmouth & Southsea Colouring Book. I did this by working from photographs that I had taken. Then, I turned the detailed vector illustrations into an 80-page colouring book for grownups. I raised the money to self-publish the book via Kickstarter in Autumn 2017.” she said.

Copies of Sarah’s colouring book can be purchased from the reception team at the Queens. You can find out more about Sarah here.


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