19th May 2012 9:44am | By Editor
It’s parties aplenty to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign – we say bring on the four-day weekend. Here's your guide to all the events happening over London.
Battersea’s Diamond Jubilee Festival will feature artists, designers, chefs, bakers and revellers for a daytime Thameside party, curated by the Vintage Festival’s Wayne Hemingway and artist Clare Patey. It’s going to be a top spot to watch the Queen’s river pageant go by. Norman Jay & The Good Times Sound System will provide the tunes, with ex-Hacienda DJ Graeme Park as a special guest. They’ll be rolling out the best beats from throughout the Queen’s reign atop a red open-
Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
Tube Battersea Park
The Museum of London Docklands, a specialist in the historical alternative night out, has decided to step back into the brilliant and bizarre world of the Victorians.Highlights include burlesque dancer Vicky Butterfly, an illusionist, talks on Victoria fashion and a coronation Souvenir workshop. If you’re heading over, make sure you look the part – the dress code is fin de siecle finery and steampunk chic (think a mix of sci-fi and gothic).
Thurs, May 31, 6.45pm, £6 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14 4AL
Tube | West India Quay
True to its rebellious nature, Supperclub will transform into a diamond punk palace, with drag queens taking
to the stage in homage to HRH Elizabeth II. Get your leathers on and hit the legendary Notting Hill institutuion for the risque party and some good old gourmet dining on beds.
June 1-4 | 8.30pm | £40
12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ
Tube | Westbourne Park
Continue Battersea Park’s Diamond Jubilee Festival with even more from legendary DJ Norman Jay. (above) After his daytime session on the Good Times Bus in the park, Jay will be heading to The Clapham Grand to keep the party going with some infectious and diverse revelling tunes until the small hours. It’s exactly what the Queen would expect you to do with your bank holiday.
Sun, June 3 | 8pm-3am | £10
21-25 Saint John’s Hill, SW11 1TT
Tube | Clapham Junction
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign, at least 2012 beacons will be lit across Britain, the Commonwealth and the world. The symbols of unity will spark up at London locations including The Tower of London, Morden Park, and Liz will light one outside Buckingham Palace.
Mon, June 4 |Times vary | Free
Various locations across London
Portraits of the Queen spanning her time on the throne – includes formal and official paintings and photos, as well as contemporary takes on Liz.
Until October 21 | 10pm-6pm | £6
St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE
Tube | Leicester Square
Satiate your nosy side with this fascinating exhibition of portraits of Londoners at home with their treasured royal souvenirs and momentos of the Queen (above). The photos cover people of all ages and backgrounds – from a four-year-old girl and a musician, to a model.
May 25–Oct 25 | Times vary | Free
150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Tube | Barbican
Spend your Diamond Jubilee Sunday at a street party in the iconic Leadenhall Market, courtesy of the Lamb Tavern. They’re laying on a pop-up bar, serving specially brewed Young’s Jubilee ale, and a buffet full of retro British classics including Coronation chicken, game pie, scotch eggs, plus Pimm’s jelly and sherry trifle. There’ll also be an acoustic set of British classic covers from Liverpool band Hope Town and a huge screen showing live coverage of the Jubilee festivities. The market is also sheltered, so you won’t need to worry if the Great British weather does what
it does best ...
Sun, June 3 | 12pm | £24.95
10-12 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR
Tube | Monument
If you can’t spot the real Queen, cop a look at 60 versions of Liz. The London Gay Men’s Chorus (above) will dress up in homage to Her Royal Highness to perform a medley of royal celebration tunes. Also look out for Union Jack decorations around the Piazza and the Market Building, and the Street Kitchen is also going to be setting up shop there, selling tasty and healthy bistro-style dishes.
Sat, June 2 | 2pm | Free
Covent Garden’s West Piazza
Tube | Covent Garden
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