Food - Drink
The Fast Food Restaurant Queen Elizabeth II Sort Of Owned
Buckingham Palace is a massive estate that served as Queen Elizabeth’s home for much of her life. However, when English royalty isn't occupying one of the palace's 775 rooms they might fancy a trip to a decidedly smaller-in-size (but no smaller in scope) fast food icon just outside of London: McDonald's.
Today, there are more than 1,270 McDonald's locations across the U.K., and believe it or not one of them was technically owned by Queen Elizabeth II herself – specifically, the McDonald's located in the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park in Oxfordshire. Fittingly, the store is outfitted with Eames chairs, leather sofas, and laminate floors, and customers can enjoy table service, like a sit-down restaurant.
Her Majesty was also the former technical owner of another McDonald's location in Slough, but sold the land it sat on for 177 million euros in 2016. As the Banbury Gateway McDonalds' website cheekily asks, "Fancy a bite to eat on the go?" If you're craving a taste of "the Queen's McDonald's" for yourself, it's open every day from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.