If you haven’t got a golden ticket to the Queen’s Jubilee Party at Buckingham Palace there are plenty more Diamond Jubilee events in London. Round your mates up, don your best queen-like outfit, and head over to one of the following to celebrate the queen’s 60-year reign…
Oh, and book a London hostel or cheap hotel while you’re at it. Here’s a few of my favourite London accommodations to narrow down the options, or even better: The Best Accommodation for the Queen’s Jubilee Weekend.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park
Expect parades, dancing and live entertainment at the Family Festival. There’ll be Disney-inspired family fun, motorbike stunts, equestrian events, celebrity performers and plenty of food and drink stalls too. At the end of both days guests will be treated to a 70-minute performance featuring all the best Disney songs for the day’s finale.
Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina are all going, and you can expect to see the White Helmet Motorcycle Display Team and the Queen’s Cavalry Marching Band too.
50,000 tickets were released for the festival – you can get yours here.
- Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June
- Adults £20/kids £12.50
Queen’s River Pageant at Battersea Park
On at the same time as the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, the Queen’s River Pageant is the perfect way to keep kids and families happy and busy over the long weekend. Get yourself to this free festival and you can enjoy live music, a traditional funfair and a packed programme with artists, designers, chefs and bakers doing their thing. On the southern bank of the Thames it’s the perfect spot to watch the thousands of boats as they pass Tower Bridge bound and to watch the Jubilee Gun Salute too.
There’ll be live music with everything from 1950s swing orchestras to headliners on the main stage. There’ll be a Classic Carboot Sale and artist-led workshops too – if that’s not enough to tempt you, what about the competition to build the tallest cake in Britain to tickle your taste buds?
- Sunday 3 June
World Street Food Festival at Southbank
Get some of this ethically-produced, locally-sourced food down your neck. Guaranteed to be better than your average burger/kebab or sarnie, the World Street Food Festival features foods like Indian spiced burgers with chutney and traditional flat bread from Bhangra Burger, or even brie and truffle pizza from Hot Rocks Pizza.
The World Street Food Festival isn’t just serving food to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – you can also sample a whole range of real ales and tasty revolutionary soft drinks. This is where you’ll find me anyway.
- Friday 1 June – Tuesday 5 June
Pyjama Party at Prince Charles Cinema
Empire Records, Clueless, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club are just a few of the movies lined up for the Prince Charles Cinema’s Pyjama Party film marathon. This will be the best slumber party you’ve ever been to, with a pyjama party parade, revealing of the most embarrassing stories ever achieved by your night’s contemporaries and board games too.
- 2 June
More events on Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend
- The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Singalong at the Royal Albert Hall | Sunday 3 June 3pm | £14-46
- The Queen: Art and Image at the National Portrait Gallery | £5.50-6.60 | 17 May to 21 October
- The opening of London Pleasure Gardens at the Pontoon Dock | free | 1 June until infinity
Failing all this – you could just party the night away at one of London’s Top 10 clubs, avoid the rain in one of London’s museums, relax with a picnic in one of London’s parks or hit the charity shops for some summery bargains.
The average temperatures for June are 13-20°C and on average there are 11 wet days – so keep your fingers and toes crossed for sunshine!
Here’s a little video from Anglotopia.net to explain more…