The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is finally upon us and with no less than two bank holidays to fill, the capital is bursting at the seams with events for you to enjoy.
From street parties to festivals, to Jubilee-themed nights and even Anti-royal affairs, there really is something for everyone. So read on, pick your favourite, and enjoy the Jubilee in grand style!
Secretsundaze Jubilee Bank Holiday Special
For their second party of the year the kings of hedonistic day events, secretsundaze, return to favourite haunt The House & Terrace in Greenwich for a sublime afternoon-party complete with some top acts. Chicago house legend and pioneer Lil Louis will be taking the headline spot along with bass forerunner Joy Orbison, exploiting the no noise restriction to the max no doubt. Joined by creators James Priestley and Giles Smith, this is one Jubilee party that will make the most of the two extra recovery days!
Sunday 3rd June, 2pm to midnight. The House & Terrace, Greenwich. Tickets £17.50.
Sailor Jerry Anti-Jubilee Punk Party
Everyone’s favourite rum Sailor Jerry teams up with Clash Music to host an alternative bank holiday party you will never forget. The event takes place at their Charing Cross St venue ‘Hotel Street’, named after the infamous part of Honolulu where Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins made his name through his unique style of tattoos. DZ Deathrays headline, with more live acts and DJs yet to be announced.
Sunday 3rd June, 7pm onwards. Hotel Street, Charing Cross Road.
Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park
Set to be one of the most eclectically-themed events of the weekend, the Jubilee festival at Battersea Park brings together DJs, live music, dancing, and traditional pastimes and crafts, with a distinctly vintage feel. Taking inspiration from the past few Jubilees, the festival will feature appearances from age-old punks, a set from Norman Jay, vintage tea dancers, and a portrait of the Queen herself made-up of precisely 3,210 cakes! Live music comes courtesy of the likes of Noisettes, The Selecter, and The Boxettes.
Sunday 3rd June, 12pm onwards. Battersea Park, Entry £5.
Water Poet Diamond Jubilee Street Party
Taking place on the Monday of the bank holiday weekend at Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, is the Water Poet Diamond Jubilee street party. Expect the usual food, drink, song, and dance, with an East End twist, as well as live performances from the Royal Variety Stage and a screening of the live concert outside Buckingham Palace. Not only this, but the Water Poet is giving everyone a chance to shine with their Pearlie Queens & Diamond Geezers themed fancy dress competition, so dust off those crowns and knuckledusters for some light-hearted fun.
Monday 4th June, 12pm-6pm. The Water Poet, Spitalfields. Free entry.
Pyjama Party at Prince Charles Cinema
If you fancy celebrating your extended weekend in an untraditional manner then head to the Prince Charles cinema on Leicester Square in your finest slumber attire for a screening you will never forget! The event will take customers through a marathon of 90s films including Empire Records, Clueless, and 10 Things I Hate About You, with a series of board games, embarrassing story-telling, and prize-winning fun.
Saturday 2nd June, 9.30pm onwards. Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. £20-£25 per ticket.
Have a great Jubilee weekend!
Words: Katie Grange
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Originally published: 20th May 2012