While we might not be getting an extra bank holiday for next month’s royal wedding, there’s still plenty to celebrate. Prince Harry’s nuptials are guaranteed to be a right royal booze up – and us commoners shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun.
If your invite is still in the post there’s plenty going on across the country to keep you entertained over the weekend. Here are our top royal celebratory picks:
Start the day in style with a special wedding breakfast
What better way to enjoy the wedding of the year than with tea, cake and finger sandwiches?
Venues across the capital are hosting a variety of royal wedding events, including GOAT in Chelsea where £40 will get you a spot in front of their huge viewing screen, bottomless prosecco and afternoon tea, with a selection of royal-themed cocktails also on offer at the bar. Once the ceremony is over, the venue’s DJ is promising a party to match that being thrown by Prince Harry himself. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest wedding attire, with a three-course dinner being awarded to the best pair.
For those further north, the Clock Tower Dining Room in Manchester is hosting a royal-themed tea with an American twist and promise unlimited tea and coffee for just £16 per head. Rockliffe Hall in County Durham are also celebrating the royal wedding in style. Visitors are encouraged to don their best hats and fascinators for a day of sandwiches, scones and a selection of seasonal cakes and pastries. There’s no better alternative to the royal wedding breakfast!
Party like a prince
If you want to get your dancing shoes on early, visit London’s Southbank Centre for a tea party like no other. As well as a screening of the wedding, the event includes live music, video, theatre, singing and, of course, dancing. Music from a number of bands and choirs will have you on your feet before the couple even say ‘I do’.
There’s no excuse for an early night as pubs in England and Wales have been given permission to stay open until 1am on both Friday and Saturday evening – so there’s every chance your favourite boozer will be serving celebratory champagne for even longer than usual.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Windsor on the special day, you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of celebration spots. After enjoying the carriage procession through town, head into the centre for a selection of pubs and bars to make the most of the regal atmosphere. Why not try the limited edition ‘Gin&’er Gin’ – made especially to commemorate Harry and Meghan’s coupling – at the Queen Charlotte?
If, however, you think a day on your feet amongst thousands of other royal fans will leave you preferring a night in over a night out, opt for the best of both worlds with a movie under the stars at the Royal Windsor Racecourse. Their open-air cinema is screening classics across the weekend and is the perfect place to wind down with a cocktail after a few days of royal celebrations!
Soothe your sore head
If you need some fresh air to get rid of that hangover, head across to the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show in London, where this year’s blooms centre around the royal wedding.
The 13th annual event will transform the borough’s streets with its fabulous floral displays, all inspired by the royal wedding as well as the 60s/70s Cultural Revolution. Last year 51 boutiques, hotels and businesses took part in the competition, creating breathtaking safari-themed floral displays.
If flowers aren’t your thing, why not take some time out to be a tourist and visit Sandringham Estate, the Queen’s much-loved country vacation home? Spend a day exploring the acres of beautiful gardens and learning about our royal family’s extensive history – fingers crossed the weather will play ball!
So while you might have missed out on an invite to the Windsor party, you can have just as much fun with your mates celebrating at one of the many royal wedding events in the capital – without having to listen to any boring after dinner speeches!