In celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Londoners have a special four day weekend. This means a lot of parties. Everywhere. So raise a glass to 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II and pop along to one of the many events on offer.
There will be numerous street parties across the county. Two million in fact, so we can’t list them all here. Visit your local council’s site, or just walk around your local area to find one. For the non-Brits among you, street parties are traditionally used to celebrate momentous occasions and usually involve a lot of cake, bunting and trestle tables.
God Save The Clam
Brought to you by the ones behind Rock Lobsta and Pitt Cue Co, God Save the Clam is a punk styled clam bake and banshee cocktail bar on a rooftop in London Fields. For dinner, book in advance or you can just swing by and have a bite to eat at the shack.
1-8 June; free- £39, Èmigré Studios’ roof top, 274 Richmond Road, E8
Pixar at Prince Charles
The Prince Charles Cinema is one of our favourite independent cinemas in London, and so we recommend you dive in here for a couple of hours on Saturday and enjoy a viewing of Pixar’s It’s a Bug’s Life
Saturday 2nd June 1.30pm; 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY
The King’s Speech
On Saturday, pick up your picnic blanket and head to Queen’s Park to watch a British cinema triumph – The King’s Speech. Promising regal musical and theatrical surprises and some lovely sounding snacks (including exotic popcorn) this will be a royally appropriate evening indeed.
Saturday 2nd June, 9.30pm; free, Queen’s Park, Harvist Road, NW6 6SG
The Savoy Street Party
If you’d rather not party on the real streets of London, then head to the more sophisticated street party at The Savoy. Held on their own street, there’ll be champagne, food, brass bands and a Bombay Sapphire Punch fountain.
Sunday 3rd June, 12pm-3pm; £95, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0EU
The Main Event
One thousand boats will sail down the Thames, which will be quite the spectacle. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, and no doubt one of the largest gatherings in London’s history, so prepare for crowds. For more details, visit the website.
Sunday 3rd June, 2-6pm, Battersea to Tower Bridge
The Accidental Festival
21 young producers have been given the Roundhouse for four days. At The Accidental Festival, tickets to shows cost from as little as £3, so look forward to some contemporary dance, improvised comedy, performaces in lifts and on staircases, and even some music performed in a shed from some experimental young talent.
31st May- 3 June, £3;The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EHGoogle+