Roll out the bunting. The Jubilee is finally here and it’s a great reason for a party. In fact, there are more than double the number of street parties planned for this bank holiday weekend than there were for the royal wedding last year.
There will be plenty of old-fashioned knees-ups out in the East End and one which saw Kate and Will’s nuptials in with roaring success was at Wilton Way Café . This time around there is a 1950s fancy dress theme and revellers are encouraged to bring food and drink to share as they bop from 11am until late on Sunday (londonfieldsradio.com).
Piccadilly will be closed as hundreds of thousands of people converge on the capital for the Thames pageant and 500 tables will run down the street for a very big Jubilee lunch. Local residents taking part include The Ritz, Fortnum and Mason, Bafta and The Royal Academy, so expect food, drink and entertainment fit for a Queen from 11.30am to 6pm. Fortnum and Mason will serve Highgrove beefburgers from a barbecue (booking required, piccadillybigjubileelunch.org).
Also on the Sunday, Leonard Street in Shoreditch is being taken over by The Book Club from noon to 8pm. It is providing brass bands, baked goods and bowler hats. Guilty Pleasures DJs will celebrate all things pop, Lily Vanilli will provide the cakes and there will be an opportunity to win her Queen of Cakes by guessing its weight (free, booking at wearetbc.com).
Back out east, The Water Poet in Spitalfields is hosting a party on Monday with variety performances, artisan ice cream from Gelupo of Piccadilly, homemade pies, local beers and spit-roast hog. There will be prizes for the best Pearly Queens and Diamond Geezers (until 11pm, free, Folgate Street, E1, waterpoet.com).
At Camden’s Stable Market the Jubilee Jam party is on all weekend, with afternoon tea and live gigs (free, book at proudcamden.com).
South of the river, there will be a big lunch at Bellenden Street in Peckham on Sunday, with local businesses putting on events and residents providing food. South of the river, Brad Pitt and Angelina are said to have tickets for Sunday’s Ham and Peteresham Jubilee Tea Party. A bargain at £3.
Watching on TV
The BBC has a near monopoly on the bunting bonanza. Coverage kicks off tomorrow with Clare Balding presenting the Queen’s visit to Epsom Derby. In the evening, Prince Charles pays tribute to his mother in a rare personal broadcast on BBC1 at 8pm.
On Sunday, the Beeb will be the only channel with live coverage of the pageant. Sophie Raworth and Matt Baker will lead the show from 1.30pm to 6pm from a studio overlooking Tower Bridge.
There will be eight cameras on the Royal Barge. Griff Rhys-Jones, Frank Skinner, Omid Djalili and Sandi Toksvig will be on board the BBC’s own boat, presenting an alternative commentary. Fearne Cotton will report from HMS Belfast, Alex James and Angela Hartnett are cooking a Jubilee feast for passengers of the Hollywood, the cast of Horrible Histories will be at Tower Bridge and Balding will be aboard the royal rowbarge Gloriana.
After watching the pageant on the BBC, turn over to ITV for All The Queen’s Horses, 6.30pm-8.30pm, as Alan Titchmarsh hosts an extravaganza of 550 horses and 1,200 people performing to music.
Monday’s Diamond Jubilee Concert will be shown live on BBC1 from 7.30pm. Musicians from the past 60 years of rock, pop and classical music will perform in front of Buckingham Palace. Stevie Wonder and Kylie Minogue are headlining but the Queen’s choice is Sir Cliff Richard, who will serenade her. Hosts include Miranda Hart and Lenny Henry.
On Tuesday, Raworth will be reporting from the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s from 9.15am to 1pm on BBC1.
Over on ITV, Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will present live coverage of the Jubilee procession on Tuesday from 8.30am until 4pm. A team including Mary Nightingale and Natasha Kaplinsky will be at key points on the route between Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s.
If this is all too much for republicans, it’s business as usual on Channel 4, which is showing Come Dine With Me, The Simpsons and a range of films.
If it’s meals on wheels you want, head to Covent Garden’s four-day piazza party from tomorrow where alongside the London Gay Men’s Chorus there will be bistro food in cardboard boxes served up by Street Kitchen (streetkitchen.co.uk). South of the river, some of the eat.st market traders will travel to Battersea Park selling meatballs, burgers, firebread pizza and Vietnamese rolls on Sunday (eat.st), while from tomorrow until Monday, new boys PattyBun will be flipping up royal burgers at the Queen of Hoxton pub on Curtain Road, EC2 (pattyandbun.co.uk). Or, if you want to try Italy’s version of a wrap, I will be making and selling toasted piadinas with various fillings from Pimlico-based deli Gastronomica as part of the World Street Food Festival on the Southbank (realfoodfestival.co.uk) throughout the bank holiday.
From tomorrow until Wednesday, Roast restaurant (roast-restaurant.com) is laying on a patriotic menu made with seasonal British produce — Coronation chicken, the Queen of Puddings and English wine — while the Kettner’s pudding bar in Soho may have some last-minute bookings for its afternoon tea “Fit For a Queen” from tomorrow until Tuesday (kettners.com).
If you own a corgi, take it to any Renaissance pub and get Orkney roast beef with all the trimmings and of course dog biscuits with gravy, free (renaissancepubs.co.uk). A Marmite eater? Then today take a trip to the Ma’amite afternoon tea party at The Botanist in Sloane Square. Until June 10 you’ll get crustless finger sandwiches and homemade cheddar or chive and Ma’amite scones to sink your teeth into (thebotanistonsloanesquare.com).
Out east, Boxpark, the shipping container pop-up shopping centre, is hosting a cake sale and a visit from London’s Pearly King and Queen tomorrow (boxpark.co.uk) while at The Gun in Docklands you can tuck into a Kilravock Farm spit-roast hog and Eton Mess on Sunday (thegundocklands.com).
The Great British clam bake has sold out but if you want to try your luck getting in to eat barbecue fish and pulled pork, head to Émigré Studios, E8 (godsavetheclam.co.uk). Heading south, if you live on Worfield Street, SW11, you can have lunch cooked by a trio of chefs and wine from winemaker Nyetimber — and the first 25 people to arrive wearing tiaras and top hats can also join in.
Courvoisier has created a Jubilee punch recipe to make at home (courvoisier.com) but if you’re out and about, there will be cocktails and singing bar staff in Soho (archerstreet.co.uk), at a pop-up bar selling special British beers. At Leadenhall Market in EC3, there’ll be a buffet outside the Lamb Tavern (lambtavernleadenhall.com). If you can’t be bothered to fight your way to the Thames to watch the flotilla, the secret roaming bar The Fourth Wall has decided to stay put in Bedford Square Gardens in Bloomsbury, selling classic cocktails mixed up by Bourne Hollingsworth (whereisthefourthwall.com).
By royal appointment, the Queen’s DJ of choice Norman Jay MBE is headlining the official Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park on Sunday. He’ll be playing tunes all day from a Routemaster bus. Curated by Hemingway Design and artist Clare Patey, the event celebrates all things British, with 1950s swing orchestras and a steam fair (12pm–7pm, £5, thamesdiamondjubileepageant.com).
The Alternative Jubilee is in Victoria Park, with Field Day Festival tomorrow and Apple Cart on Sunday. At Field Day there will be a village green with egg and silver spoon races and teabag tossing. Beirut and Franz Ferdinand headline Field Day; Noah and The Whale will be at Apple Cart. (Combined ticket £76.45, theapplecartfestival.com).
Families can head to Hyde Park for a two-day festival of live music and entertainment from tomorrow. The headline show is a live concert of Disney songs. There will also be performances from Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by judge Craig Revel Horwood and Myleene Klass, left, and excerpts from War Horse (day tickets £20, ticketmaster.com).