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Always be prepared: advanced bookings for the Jubilee weekend

Posted at 10:00 am, May 31, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink
The Book Club Diamond Jubilee Street Party

In the run up to the Jubilee we are carrying on our gallant mission to help you get your heads round how to organise your bank holiday weekend. To make sure you don’t miss out, here is a quick run-down of the best events you’ll have to plan for in advance…

The whole weekend
The Hyde Park Jubilee Family Festival runs on June 2/3, and offers family friendly Great British food and entertainment. The OXO Restaurant and Brasserie are running a series of events across the weekend, although Sunday is already sold out so get moving if you want in on the action.

Saturday June 2
Gordon Ramsay’s very own York and Albany is going all out with a 1950′s themed Jubilee extravaganza, as ever book early to avoid disappointment.

Sunday June 3
Sunday is shaping up to be the big one. The Big Lunch and official Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant will be taking place, but if you’re not partial to crowds and don’t fancy your neighbourhood street party then here are a few choice options to plan in advance.

We’ve already told you about the Book Club Street Party, but The Lamb Tavern are offering a similar affair in the beautiful Leadenhall Market (the added benefit being that it’s covered in the likely event the weather doesn’t hold out). A slightly steep £24.95 will get you a seat, a two-course traditional buffet, and the day’s entertainment, including a big-screen broadcast of the Thames flotilla.

Bourne and Hollingsworth (the people behind the Blitz Party club nights) are occupying Bedford Square Gardens. For £15 you’ll gain access to a truly British affair, with afternoon tea, classic cocktails and Punch and Judy among the many activities on offer.

A number of bars and restaurants along the river are taking bookings for a ring-side seat including the Blueprint Cafe, Le Pont de la Tour, and Butlers Wharf Chop House, but these will book up quickly so get moving.

Tuesday June 5
If you fancy heading a little out of town, The Bingham in Richmond will be stringing up the bunting for their take on the Queen’s Garden Party. A £22 ticket will get you a ‘best of British’ lunch, with Pimms and Jubilee themed cocktails and a Jazz band to play you through the day. Ellie Clayton

That is by no means all folks, for the full list of things going on over the weekend, see our guide to the Jubilee weekend. Be sure to keep your eyes on the blog as we let you in on more great ways to celebrate.

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