Who doesn’t love a wedding? If your invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got lost in the post, no worries, London is hosting plenty of Royal wedding parties that are as good as being there! Whether you’re looking for Royal Debauchery, an Alfresco Affair, a Gourmet Soirée or a Family Friendly Celebration, we’ve grouped the best London events into easy-to-scroll categories. Take a look…
Lead image: The Royal Reception with photographer Alison Jackson at The London EDITION
1 Drag Brunch at The Book Club
Celebrate the Royal Wedding East London style with Pimm’s, prosecco, drag queens, live music and the chance to play wedding bingo with your very own Spice Girl! The Book Club in Shoreditch is going all out for Harry and Meghan with the big event on screens, pop-up markets selling books, vintage goodies and flowers, British bangers played by Double Bass Dan and his merry gang of East end musicians, and a classic British car parked outside with some very special guests inside… There’s also a British brunch menu, party games like pass the parcel, musical chairs and pin the tail on the lizard. 10am-5pm. Tickets £5.
100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH; wearetbc.com
2 Royal Extravaganza at Café de Paris
Cabaret club Café de Paris is hosting a riotous Royal extravaganza with a theatrical burlesque cabaret dinner featuring jaw-dropping performances in the 1920s Titanic Ballroom. Expect the crème of cabaret, circus, comedy and burlesque in a risqué show that will be just as spectacular as the wedding in Windsor, as host and Maître d’ Reuben Kaye seamlessly blends lavish storytelling into gilded song. Views of the show are excellent from the mezzanine level, where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view with waiter service and your own bar for £35pp, or book in for a traditional three-course wedding breakfast with a glass of bubbles and limited-edition Tanqueray cocktails inspired by Meghan and Harry for £80pp. 6pm-10.15pm, Nightclub open till 3am.
3 Coventry Street W1D 6BL. To book see cafedeparis.designmynight.com
3 Marry Your Mates at Queen of Hoxton’s Lost Vegas Rooftop Chapel
Marry your besties at Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop wedding disco instead. Put on your finest wedding gear (anyone in a wedding dress will be given a free shot) and head to the #LostVegas rooftop, complete with a little chapel, to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. Drag King Elvis will be presiding over mass weddings throughout the day, then you can celebrate the rest of the day with the Disco Shed DJs play top wedding tunes at the rooftop headphone disco. Enjoy Rhubarb Gin and Tonics and Peanut Colada cocktails on tap and a menu of all-American vegan-versus-meat burgers and hot dogs. 1pm-7pm. Tickets £5 in advance or £8 on the door.
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queenofhoxton.com
4 Royal Reception at The London EDITION
The London EDITION is hosting a Royal Reception in the Lobby with drinks and dancing. As well as sipping on the wedding day exclusive Grey Goose and Elderflower Spritz, you can also immortalise the occasion with a special portrait taken by photographer Alison Jackson, famed for her playful collection of celebrity lookalikes. Serving as the official wedding photographer, Alison will recreate portraits for guests featuring the ‘Royals’. Free Entry. 5.30pm till late.
10 Berners Street W1T 3NP; editionhotels.com
5 Throwback Royal Wedding Disco at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen’s Throwback Royal Wedding Disco is a celebration of old school and disco with a Royal twist. DJ Sophie Loyde, who has played alongside the likes of Mark Ronson, will be on the decks in the club room, and you can expect all the usual Throwback debauchery including photo booths with fancy dress, cardboard cut-out royals and glitter art. In the bar, meanwhile, you can expect a shed load of disco, funk, soul, R&B and all the usual end-the-night wedding classics. From 8pm. Tickets £5 in advance, £8 on the door.
2-4 Hoxton Square N1 6NU; hoxtonsquarebar.com
6 Royal Soirée at Bōkan, Canary Wharf
Toast Harry and Meghan from spectacular heights at Bōkan, Canary Wharf’s sky-high restaurant, bar and terrace. Watch the entire wedding day unfold on giant screens on floors 38 and 39, home to Bōkan’s industrial chic-bar and outdoor terrace with 360° views of the iconic London skyline. Tuck into limited-edition transatlantic lunch picnic baskets (£20) filled with quintessential British delicacies like roast sirloin British beef sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and lemon and elderflower penna cotta with summer berries. Raise a glass of Meghan’s Sparkle, inspired by the flavours of Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake and made with Nettle Hendrick’s, cucumber tonic, cordial, prosecco and elderflower (£11.50). There’ll be bunting, flags and Harry and Meghan masks for those all-important selfies!
Novotel London Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall E14 9TP; bokanlondon.co.uk
7 Royal Wedding Brunch at Radio Rooftop
ME London’s iconic Radio Rooftop will be screening the wedding from 12pm on 19 May, while hosting a Brit vs Yank themed party and serving iconic dishes and drinks from each country. Expect traditional British classics, such as beer battered cod with chips and Pimm’s and lemonade versus a burger and fries or pancake stacks washed down with root beer floats. You’ll be served a complimentary glass of Chapel Down Sparkling wine to toast the special couple and a choice of desserts includes cupcakes, lemon posset and elderflower Eton mess, mimicking the flavour of the wedding cake the Royal couple will be indulging in at their own ceremony. Enjoy the screening of the wedding against a panoramic view of London’s skyline.
336-337 Strand WC2R 1HA; melondonhotel.com. For reservations email London_Reservations@togrp.com
8 Royal Brunch Party & Live Screening at Bluebird
Bluebird is decking out its famous courtyard with bunting, balloons and cocktails galore a Royal brunch party. The Royal wedding will be shown on a big screen in the courtyard, and you’ll be welcomed with a celebratory glass of champagne before enjoying a BBQ brunch with special dishes fit for royalty. The Botanist Gin has collaborated with Bluebird to create a royal wedding cocktail based on the couple’s favourite flavours: rose petals, maraschino and rhubarb liqueur, lemongrass cordial, fresh thyme, raspberries and rose sparkling wine. A DJ will then play love-themed tunes until darkness falls. Tickets £25.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU. Click here to book tickets
9 Lawn Games & Big Screens at Skylight
Skylight rooftop in Wapping will be streaming the highly anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on open-air screens up on the rooftop of the hippest car park atop Tobacco Dock. Head to Skylight from 12 noon to enjoy quintessentially British lawn games including croquet and pétanque, sip on seasonal cocktails, spritzes, pitchers or bubbly and indulge in street food from Greek trader, Yiro. With seating areas a-plenty, you can relax on the upper lounge bar, grab a bench under the pergola or pitch up picnic-style on the grass. Both tables and lawn games can be booked for groups via the website.
Pennington Street Car Park entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
10 Royal Wedding Garden Party at the Devonshire Club
The Devonshire Club, a private members club the City, is celebrating the wedding of the year with a classic English Afternoon Tea in the Garden Room, which adjoins the sunny, foliage-filled terrace. Open to members and non-members alike, you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and indulgent sweet treats including a miniature Royal Wedding cake, carefully crafted for this significant union. As well as a lovely cuppa, of course. Served 11am-6pm.
5 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YD; devonshireclub.com. To book email email@example.com
11 Royal Wedding Party at One Marylebone
One Marylebone, a gorgeous Grade I listed church, is recreating Prince Harry’s wedding in a one-off celebration that is as British as dunking biscuits into tea. With live music from Ed Sheeran and Elton John tribute acts, fun activities like wedding cake decorating, traditional games, a hog roast, Meghan Markle’s favourite American foods, champagne, live coverage of the big day from Windsor and more. His Majesty’s Party Daytime Festival takes place from 11am-5pm and tickets cost £25. There’s also a an Evening Reception, with a roster of entertainment throughout the night, champagne and cocktails, a first dance class, the chance to catch the bouquet, a hog roast and wedding cake (7pm-2am, tickets £30).
See royalweddingparty.com for further details or click here to book
12 Royal Scandal Afternoon Tea at Punch Room
Punch Room at The London EDITION will host a Royal Scandal Water special on 19 May with offerings from Berners Tavern, a live screening of the wedding from 11.30am and a glass of Ruinart champagne upon arrival, followed by a glass of Punch Room’s Regency Punch. The award-winning Berners Tavern will serve British tea bites such as Victoria sponge, trifle, cucumber sandwiches and pork pies, as well as English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea. Scandal Water is inspired by 19th century tea drinking traditions among the upper echelons of London society, who would share scandalous gossip over afternoon tea. £55pp (call 020 7908 7949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book).
10 Berners Street W1T 3NP; editionhotels.com
13 Wedding Lunch at Galvin at Windows
Celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a view over Buckingham palace at Michelin-starred restaurant, Galvin at Windows, located on 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane. Proceedings will begin at 11.45am with a chance to take in the panoramic views of London while enjoying an English sparkling wine reception with Louis Pommery England (the first English sparkling wine to be launched by a Champagne House). The wedding will be aired in the bar throughout the day and, after the marriage, diners will be able to enjoy a special three-course wedding lunch with starters like quenelle of smoked chicken coronation, mains of rump of spring lamb or pan fried cod, then desserts like Victoria sandwich. £50pp. Carriages from 2pm.
22 Park Lane W1K 1BE; galvinatwindows.com. To book call 020 7208 4021 or email email@example.com
14 A Royal Brunch Party and Cocktail Collection at Aster
Aster restaurant, just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, is hosting a royal wedding brunch party from 12pm-4pm, with the Royal wedding on the big screen, a delicious brunch menu, the option of bottomless Prosecco and bunting galore. The café brunch menu will feature a Royal Box of dishes inspired by the couple, including Royal pheasant scotch egg and elderflower lemon tart. Aster has also created a collection of six cocktails to capture the occasion (available from 14-19 May), including The Jolly Ginger, Botswana Sunrise and Markle Sparkle.
150 Victoria Street, Westminster SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
15 Bou Bhaat: Royal Wedding Thali Feast at The Cinnamon Club
18 May-3 June
Head for The Cinnamon Club to experience a Bou-Bhaat, the traditional Indian dinner hosted the night before a wedding by the groom’s family to welcome the bride into the family. If Harry was an aristocrat in Kolkata, and the wedding took place in full Bengali style, this is the meal that Meghan would be welcomed into the family with. The Thali feast includes king prawn malai curry, Herdwick lamb kosha, green spiced sea bream steamed in banana leaf and the chicken curry of the house, alongside rice, lentils and plenty of paratha bread and poories. Desserts include royal kulfi, seasonal mango and steamed yoghurt. A vegetarian option is also available. £45pp.
Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street SW1P 3BU; cinnamonclub.com
16 Set Menu & Screening at Pomona’s
Notting Hill restaurant Pomona’s will be celebrating the wedding of the year with a live broadcast and exquisite set menu by Head Chef Wolfe Conyngham, younger son of the 8th Marquess Conyngham (aka the rock ‘n’ roll peer). For £30, dine like royalty on house-smoked salmon to start, followed by roast poussin and a quintessentially British Eton mess for dessert, all accompanied by a cocktail to toast the bride and groom. The set menu is available through lunch and dinner. To book call 020 7229 1503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
47 Hereford Road W2 5AH; pomonas.co.uk
17 Bottomless Pimm’s Brunch at Greenwood
Greenwood in Victoria will be toasting Harry and Meghan with an exclusive Bottomless Pimm’s Brunch and viewing party. Expect a royally good Saturday afternoon with Pimm’s galore while watching the day unfold across on one of its 16 large plasma screens. Priced at £35 for two courses or £40 three, American-style dishes including mac ‘n’ cheese balls plus shrimp and bacon croquettes, while quintessentially British plates include Eggs Royale and avocado on toast. Not to mention free-flowing Pimm’s… Available from 11am-5pm for two hours.
170 Victoria Street SW1E 5LB; greenwoodlondon.com
18 A Royally Good Brunch at The Waterway
The Waterway on Regent’s Canal has an expansive all-weather terrace that’s perfect a right Royal knees up (weather permitting!). The venue is taking things up a notch with a live Royal Wedding broadcast and some indulgent Anglo-American brunch specials on both Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May. Watch the day unfold while tucking into the Meghan Royale, a decadent waffle topped with half a lobster, poached duck egg and saffron Hollandaise (£21); or go for Harry’s Hotcakes, fluffy American-style pancakes with English strawberries and a rich maple cream (£7.95). Available 10am-1pm on 19-20 May.
54 Formosa Street, Maida Vale W9 2JU; thewaterway.co.uk
FAMILY FRIENDLY CELEBRATIONS
19 Right Royal Garden Party at Ealing Park Tavern
Ealing Park Tavern in leafy west London is teaming up with Pimm’s to host a Right Royal Garden Party to celebrate the newlyweds. Complete with a live wedding broadcast on the large outdoor screen, an impressive hog roast and Pimm’s flowing, the spacious garden is the perfect spot for a family-friendly celebration of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. Entry to the party is free.
222 South Ealing Road, Ealing W5 4RL; ealingparktavern.com
20 Carpark Party at The Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich
The Crown & Greyhound in Dulwich Village is celebrating the Royal wedding with a Carpark Party and, if you’re feeling fancy, a champagne breakfast. The champagne breakfast runs from 10am-1pm in The Dulwich Suite with a glass of Mercier champagne, continental breakfast selection and one dish from the menu, plus a live screening of the wedding (£20pp). Then, from 1pm, it’s time for the Carpark Party with music, a bouncy castle, face painting for the kiddies and a BBQ in the garden. There will also be a Kids’ Tea Party with cakes and sandwiches, picnic blankets, fun activities and special goody bags (pre-booked spaces available plus first-come-first-served walk-ins). There will also be a DJ for the afterparty!
73 Dulwich Village SE21 7BJ; thecrownandgreyhound.co.uk
Unicorn Primary School PTA Is hosting a Royal Garden Party to celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. There will be inflatables (£5 to play all day), live music, a bake off event (with winners for the best British-themed cake and the show-stopper), BBQ and live music, as well as over 30 stall holders for traditional fete-style shopping galore! 12pm-3pm. Entry £1 (kids are free). All money raised will go towards the school’s playground project.
Creswell Drive (off South Eden Park Road), Beckenham BR3 3AL; unicorn.bromley.sch.uk