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Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Royal Wedding

10 May 2018 Sian Brett

It’s the most anticipated wedding of the year, the highlight of all our social calendars, and while we’re slightly bitter we don’t get a day off for it, we’re still going to make sure we celebrate the day in style. From parties to screenings, where else would you want to be but in London for this very exciting all day party?

Screenings

Since the wedding bells rang for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in 1947, Royal Weddings have been screened to the masses on TV. But why would you want to sit at home when you and the other commoners could enjoy it in style? There are screenings happening all across the city so that everyone can get involved and watch the nuptials. St James’s Market deckchairs are waiting to receive your bums, with screens popping up in the market place. If you want something a bit fancier than deckchairs, Bluebird are hosting a garden party style day celebration full of bunting, a live DJ, a BBQ and, of course, that all important ceremony being screened to the guests. Tickets are limited and cost £25, so don’t dilly-dally if you want to celebrate in Chelsea, daahling. If you’re more of an Eastender than Made in Chelsea, Little Nan’s Bar are hosting a Right Royal Wedding Bottomless Brunch, complete with their signature cocktails in teapots. You can watch the wedding in ‘Grandad’s Shed’ and enjoy everything from Bucks Fizz to a Queen Pat Butcher Cocktail, and even take home a Little Nan’s Royal Wedding Mug as well. If you want to avoid the Royal Wedding altogether, Deptford Cinema are screening a mini-festival of anarchic punk movies. God Save the Queen indeed.
 
Party

We all know a wedding is just a good excuse for a booze up, and just because you didn’t even get an invite to the evening do, doesn’t mean you can’t get your groove on. For those of us wondering where the time has gone since Diana’s meringue dress, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen are hosting a Throwback Royal Wedding Disco, full of photo booths, cut out royals, and disco as far as the eye can see. If you’re firmly set in 2018 wedding mode however, The Book Club in Shoreditch are hosting a Right Royal Knees Up, bursting at the seams with Pimms, drag queens and live music. Wedding bingo, British bangers and even pass the parcel mean this will be the quintessential British party. For the classier folk amongst you, The Royal Wedding Party is an all-day affair, designed so you feel like you actually are at the society wedding of the year. With a dress code of finest garden party attire, a screening of the wedding interspersed with traditional British games, a hog roast, and a reception party to end the day full of tribute acts, Windsor Castle is going to pale in comparison compared to this British booze up. And of course, we all know, there’s no wedding without a hen do. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club are hosting U Ok Hun? Rihanna’s Royal Hen Do the night before the big day. The ultimate hen party features music from all the queens of British pop, including organiser Rhi Rhi herself.
 
Get the true Royal Wedding experience

Just because you can’t be there on the day to celebrate with Megz and Haz, doesn’t mean you can’t get the true Royal Wedding experience. Pop to the shop of the official Royal Wedding cake maker Violet Cakes and pick up some baked goods to munch on as you sit on your sofa, watch two people declare their love, and wonder if you’ll ever walk down an aisle (cue Bridget Jones dancing to Chaka Khan). Pop down to Windsor beforehand for a stroll through St. George’s Chapel where the wedding will be taking place, and pretend that it was you who got set up on a blind date with Prince Harry all those years ago. The day after the wedding the flower-filled chapel will be open to the public, and if that tickles your fancy then why not book yourself in for a workshop from official Royal Wedding flower designer Philippa Craddock. After the ceremony the newly-weds will take a carriage procession through Windsor, more specifically leaving the chapel through Castle Hill, along the High Street and Windsor town, so why not get in before them and do what will surely become a famous Windsor walk? Instead of wedding gifts (what do you get the couple who have literally everything?) the couple have asked for donations to be made to a selection of charities, from Crisis to Scotty’s Little Soldiers. What better way to get into the wedding spirit than to donate money to good causes?
 
Brush up on Your Royal Facts

It would be highly embarrassing to find yourself at some kind of Royal Wedding event and not be clued up – worry not, there’s plenty of ways to brush up on your knowledge of the Royals. Traditional Tours UK are offering a Prince Harry Tour of London that runs for 2 hours on Sundays from April to October 2018. You’ll not only get a tour of Westminster and Buckingham Palace but also learn more about how Harry became the blushing groom he is today, from his slightly more embarrassing youth, to how he met bride-to-be Meghan Markle. If that’s not enough royal knowledge for your brain, Fat Tire Tours have a Royal London Bike Tour, which will take you through the history of the Royal family as you cycle through London’s historic streets, that ends as all good bike tours should – in a traditional English pub. For more royal pomp, visit the Changing of the Guard, which happens every day at eleven AM, before you embarking on a tour of the official residence of the Queen, Buckingham Palace. 
 
Street Parties

It’s not an official British party unless, at some point, you are drinking in the street. The BBC have waived the licence fee for the Royal Wedding, meaning that anyone can screen the ceremony, anywhere, and that street parties won’t need to apply for a licence. Hooray! If you want to host your own street party and it will cause road closures, you’ll need to apply to your local council for the right to do so. Once you’ve done that you can get the neighbours dragging their tables and chairs out and hang bunting from streetlamps, ready for the big day. If you don’t want to do any of the organising, you can attend one of the many street parties popping up around the city. As of the end of April, Richmond had the highest number of requests for events, so that looks set to be the place to hit up for street party fun this Royal Wedding day.
 

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