Royal Wedding between Prince William & Kate Middleton - London Events
Friday 29th April 2011, at 11:00 - Westminster Abbey
In 1981, Prince Charles and Diana married in St Pauls and attracted crowds of 600,000 in London and over 750 million on TV.
Royal Wedding in 1981
The crowds are expected to exceed the gargantuan number of people who were in central London to witness the marriage of Charles and Diana; apparently due to the universal popularity of William and Kate. London is bracing itself for an extra 1 million visitors to witness the Royal Wedding and enjoy the festivities as well as over 1 billion viewers on TV.
You will be able to watch the wedding on screens, expected to go up around Westminster Abbey, in Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and potentially another centrally located London park.
Prince William and Kate
But what to do after the couple tie the knot? We have hand-picked some great bars and restaurants to enjoy the day or ones that are offering something special for the special royal wedding day:
Paramount WC1A 1DD - Great for Aerial Views
Paramount restaurant and bar occupies the top three floors of one of the citys most iconic buildings, Centre Point. Offering unparalleled 360-degree views across London, its unrivalled position makes Paramount a top destination for all visitors and Londoners alike, giving a unique view of the citys far-reaching skyline and you will be able to catch all the action of the RAF flying past on the special day.
View from Paramount
Waterloo Bar & Grill SE1 8UL - Great for Royal Sophistication
Newly opened Waterloo Bar and Grill will be serving a traditional Royal High Tea to celebrate the marriage of William and Kate on 29th April with a selection of sandwiches, cakes and teas for £30. The menu will celebrate the best of British with classics such as Bramley apple pork pies and cranberry and English rarebit, as well as scones served with Jersey cream and Royal velvet cup cakes. Guests can also order a glass of Pimms Royale for an extra £6, or choose from the special wedding cocktail menu available throughout the day. Royal High Tea will be served all day on 29th April (booking is essential).
Blueprint Café SE1 2YD - Great for River Views
Blueprint Café in the historic Butlers Wharf area offers the very best of British cuisine. Diners can enjoy dishes such as baked salsify with parmesan, pheasant pie or baked marinated chicken with green beans and fennel, and floor to ceiling views of the Thames. Pairs of binoculars on every table add to the fun!
Wonderful view at Blueprint Cafe
The Westminster Bridge Park Plaza SE1 7UT - Great for Abbey Views
The Westminster Bridge Park Plaza hotel boasts an enviable location to take a break from the crowds of the Royal Wedding this April. Situated in the heart of the South Bank, looking out over Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, you will be able to experience the historical occasion unfolding around you with a glass of champagne from the comfort of the chic Primo Bar before enjoying a world class lunch at Brasserie JoÃ«l.
Revolution Bars Soho & Clapham - Great for a Party
All three London Revolution bars are laying on a special best of british cocktail menu and a guaranteed party atmosphere to dance all night on the big day!
Amika W8 5SE - Great for Celebrity Spotting
Amika London is known for it's sophisticated, chic club nights. It will be splash the cash all the way at their special black tie night on the special royal wedding day. Expect a capacity crowd and one or four famous faces.
American Bar in the Savoy WC2R 0EU - Great for Feeling Royal
The American Bar in the newly renovated Savoy is quite simply London opulence and chicness at its best; with some of the finest crafted cocktails in the capital. For the Royal Wedding they will have a limited editon special Royal Wedding cocktail, which is something you will not want to miss out on.
The chic American Bar
The Shaftesbury W1D 6LA - Great for a Party
The Shaftesbury is a fun time and affordable party venue just off Piccadilly Circus. After the festivities head here and get 2-4-1 on bottles of champagne on the special day and celebrate along with William and Kate.
White Wedding is an extremely popular club night with all the choas of the best wedding you've never been to - tacky brides, first dances, cheese and pinapple buffet, cheap cava, blubbing bridesmaids, confetti-hurling, mother-in-law hats, randy uncles, bouquet tossing and more bad dad-dancing than you can handle...Dress code is full-on wedding clobber. They always have a star guest DJ with their last one being Rob Da Bank.
229 The Venue on party night
Belushi's across London - Great for a Drinkonomical Night
Belushi's is hosting a Right Royal Knees Up in partnership with Bombardier Ale. They'll have promotions running from Good Friday to May Day with a quintessentially British menu; cream teas, Toad in the Hole, Coronation Chicken Wings, Balmoral Chicken and more. Plus drinks promotions and themed parties fun.
Lost Society SW8 3JF - Great for an All-Nighter
Lost Society is one of London's most highly regarded boutique clubs. Nestled among the streets of Clapham Old Town, the night is always young here! On the Friday of the Royal Wedding, Lost Society is doing a 'It's a London Thing' with the much lauded DJ ASkillz and a £5 Royal Cocktail list all night until the 2am closing.
The Blind Tiger SW8 3JF - Great for Royal Afternoon Tea
The Blind Tiger is London's newest secret, prohbition-styled supper club. Our reviewer absolutely loved the place! On the Sunday of the Royal Wedding from 2-5pm they are hosting The Royal Afternoon Tea with beautifully cut sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, delicious botique cupcakes and the luxurious, vintage ambience that they are well-known for. Price is £15 or £20 with a cocktail.
Blind Tiger dining room
The Lost Angel SW11 4LS - Great for All Day Fun
The Lost Angel is a bar, restaurant and pub, with the warm feeling of a neighbourhood joint. The decor is beautifully and quirkily designed and you won't find any pretense here...just happy customers and friendly staff. On the Friday of the Royal Wedding they are hosting "A Right Royal Knees Up" in association with 99 red balloons. There will be a roast hog and BBQ in the garden, live music inside, DJs in the evening and a special Royal £5 cocktail list all day. All the action will be from 4pm-2am.
Quaglino's SW1Y 6AJ - Great to feel like a Royal
A night out at Quaglinos has always been synonymous with celebratory occasions, from black-tie dinners in the Thirties through debutantes coming out balls in the Fifties up to movie premiere parties now. For the Gala Dinner in celebration of this latest Royal Wedding, Quaglinos has created a luxurious menu that features classic dishes past and present. With live music and dancing through to 3am, this promises to be a night to remember!
Bluebird SW3 5UU - Great for a Neighbourhood Street Party
BBC America featured Bluebird in a feature about William and Kates London that's a good start! Certainly Bluebirds prime position on the ever-fashionable Kings Road is a favourite with residents of that area. On Friday 29th April, the forecourt will be festooned with red, white and blue bunting, as Bluebird celebrates the Royal Wedding with a fabulous street party. Throughout the weekend, Bluebird Restaurant and Bluebird Bar are sure to be places to see and be seen.
Lucky Voice N1 1RG - Great for a Royal Sing Song
Lucky Voice Islington are offering a free sing song over the Royal Wedding weekend. Their celebration will commence with 2 hours free karaoke between 3pm-8pm on Friday 29th April and Saturday 30th April or any time on Sunday 1st May. Email them on firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 'I'm 23rd in line to the throne' to claim your free singing time.