From the official parties to clam bakes in London Fields!
- 28 May 2012
- by Alex Zagalsky
If you haven't organised your own street party/picnic/Royal-themed pub crawl for the
Jubilee weekend, here are the main events (as well as some off-the-wall ones) happening in the Capital over this upcoming weekend. Remember to pick up your local newspaper for smaller functions, and pop round to your local community centre too. Failing this, gatecrash your neighbours' BBQ and bring some Union Jack bunting!
Saturday 2nd June & Sunday 3rd June
Sainsbury's Jubilee Family Festival
Something you can still buy tickets for! This grand scale Jubilee party will include 40 bands, dance troupes, orchestras and performances spread over six areas. Oh and Myleene Klass and some of the hopefuls from Strictly Come Dancing have been booked for the main stage - but we'll ignore that part. The best bits are bound to be the special performances of War Horse and the Parade Ground, where you can see the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and the White Helmets Motor Cycle Display Team show off their dare devil skills. See the website for more details. Approx £55 for a family ticket for four.
Sunday 3rd June:
The Big Jubilee Lunch
You've probably seen the adverts, but this is a nationwide community initiative to get people together for lunch over the Jubilee weekend. It's not too late to organise your own picnic, and there's even a special website to help you out. The Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch will stretch from Piccadilly Circus to the top of St James's Street. It's open to all but tickets to the actual picnic table have now sold out. The organisers have enlisted the help of street performers, musicians, and local businesses including The Wolseley and Fortnum & Mason, so you can still pick up delicious food to go.
The Thames Jubilee Pageant
Head to the Albert Bridge after lunch (2.30pm) to see this magnificent flotilla consisting of 1000 boats from across the UK, Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will embark on the Royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, at this time and will join the HSM President near Tower Bridge by 4.15pm. Practice your Royal wave!
Monday 4th June
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace
The ballot for tickets has now closed but the concert will be televised live at 7.30pm on BBC1. So get the Pimms in while you watch some of the UK's most famous names (Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Jessie J, Tom Jones) belt out some timeless numbers for her Royal Majesty!
The Queen's Beacons
4000 beacons will be lit by communities in the UK, Commonwealth and UK Overseas Territories at around 10pm to 10.30pm. The Queen will light the National Beacon in London at 10.30pm, the last in the chain. www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk
Tuesday 5th June
After their reception at the Guildhall and lunch at Westminster Hall, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and of course Kate, Wills and Harry will begin their carriage procession from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace. The Royal gang will appear on the balcony at 3.30pm for the RAF Flypast and a Feu de Joie from the Forecourt.
Quirky Jubilee Celebrations
A cartoon version of Her Majesty will appear in kids cartoon Peppa Pig. (We actually can't wait for this.) Monday 4th June at 8.15am on Channel 5.
The Water Poet Jubilee Party
This Spitalfields gastropub will be hosting its own Jubilee party from midday until 6pm on Monday 4th June. The cobbled street next to the market will play host to a Royal Variety Stage for a musical extravaganza, and there'll be foodie treats courtesy of Tubby Isaac's (shellfish specialists), Italian ice creamers Gelupo, and the restaurant itself who will be providing the pies, ale and spit roast hog! Browse retro fashion at the vintage market and on board a classic Red Routemaster bus. Alternative and lots of fun! 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1. www.thewaterpoet.com
London's poshest street party will take place in the Savoy's courtyard. You will have to pay £99 for the privilege but you can toast The Queen the regal way with champagne and Bombay Sapphire cocktails from a punch fountain. Feast on a variety of foods from the Savoy's famous kitchen, no sausage rolls we're afraid! midday-3pm. 0207 836 4343
God Save the Clam
East End restaurants Rock Lobsta and Pitt Cue Co are hosting a 'punk' styled clam bake and banshee cocktail bar on a rooftop terrace in London Fields over the Jubilee weekend. You can book a table for lunch on the 3rd June or just walk in for snacks from the 'shack'. We're not sure how rock 'n' roll clams are, but live DJs will add some edge to the crustacean shindig! See www.godsavetheclam.co.uk