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A Right Royal Wedding

Kate and Wills are getting hitched and London is set to host one very big street party to
celebrate. Here at LondonTown we've bought the mug, put up the bunting and put
together a list of everything you need to know about The Royal Wedding. We've also
created a special Royal Wedding Hotel Map to help you search for accommodation
within confetti throwing distance of the wedding.

Where to Watch The Royal Wedding

If you're not one of the lucky 1,900 guests to receive a personal invite to the royal
wedding you'll have to work out where you're going to watch the happy occasion.
Whether you prefer a big screen, a small pub or somewhere along the procession route
we've outlined all the options for you to choose from.

The Royal Wedding


Westminster Abbey, SW1P 3PA
Friday 29th April 2011
After a lengthy romance leading back to undergraduate days, Prince William and
Catherine 'just call me Kate' Middleton are finally getting married. A celebratory Bank
Holiday has been arranged so that all the Queen's subjects can join in the fun. When
Charles and Diana married in 1981, two million people lined the route from St Paul's
Cathedral to Buckingham Palace, but the subsequent details of their grisly marriage
might have dented the nation's appetite for a fairytale royal wedding. None-the-less,
millions of people will be watching the William and Catherine say 'I do' live on
television, and many thousands will venture into the centre of London just for the
spectacle of the procession. If you're not one of the lucky few to get inside Westminster
Abbey (100 golden tickets are being issued in the post in a Willy Wonka-style wheeze).
Timings:
8-10am - Main congregation arrive at Westminster Abbey
After 10am - Foreign Dignitaries and Royal Families arrive. Protocol always dictates the
British Royal Family are the last to arrive
11am - Bride arrives, the service starts
12.15pm - Service ends and Carriage Processions begin
1.25pm - Balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace
1.30pm - Fly Past
Venue: Westminster Abbey
Address: Dean's Yard, SW1P 3PA
Phone: 020 7222 5152
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Pricing: Free

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Along The Procession Route
Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey
Friday 29th April 2011
If you want to catch a glimpse of the royal couple in person on their wedding day your
best bet is to stand somewhere along the procession route. To get an overview there's
a Google map of the procession route. The route between Buckingham Palace and
Westminster Abbey goes by The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and the south
side of Parliament Square. Any one of these landmarks or anywhere in between is a good
location to choose. Arguably the best places to ensure a good view are along The Mall by
Admiralty Arch and anywhere along Whitehall. Be sure to take a sturdy box to stand on
for a better view. Once they're wed the couple will return to Buckingham Palace, leading
the wedding party in a procession of five horse-drawn carriages - sure to be quite a
sight. It is likely that space along the route will fill quickly early on the morning of 29th
April. But don't worry if you fail to find a suitable spot, you can always go to Hyde Park
or Trafalgar Square and watch a live broadcast of the wedding on the giant screens.

On The Big Screens


Friday 29th April 2011
Plenty of pubs and some cinemas will be showing the royal wedding on big screens
but Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square are the two official hubs to head for live screenings
of the big event. Expect a carnival atmosphere akin to a street party at both venues with
food and drinks stalls, including licensed bars, to keep the extended wedding 'guests'
sustained. Hyde Park will have three large screens and an observation wheel set up
especially for the event so you won't miss a thing.
Venues: Hyde Park - Information | Trafalgar Square - Information
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Timing: From 7am
Pricing: Free

London's Street Parties

The street party is a great British tradition and you can bet there'll be one taking place
on a street near you come Friday 29th April. We've highlighted some of the best street
parties in London where live music, traditional fete festivities and, err, donkey rides
are laid on.
The Royal Wedding Live at Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre Square, SE1 8XX
Friday 29th April 2011
If you, like many others, want to watch the Royal Wedding in the company of other
joyous Londoners then you're spoilt for choice. Head to Southbank Centre for what
promises to be a street party atmosphere where you can watch the event live on a large
screen on Southbank Centre Square or The Magner's Pasture, E4 Udderbelly's sunny beer
garden. There'll be plenty of a well-wishers in attendance, all secretly disappointed to
have missed out on the event itself but all joined together in celebrating Prince William
and Kate Middleton's nuptials as part of Southbank Centre's 'London in Love' series of
events. Lurve themed events include the Wedding Party which takes place on 30th April
where you can learn how to get rid of your two left feet in time for your first dance with a
free workshop at the Royal Festival Hall; and Will You Please Be Upstanding, a poetic,
touching and humourous appraisal of the best man's speech.
Venue: Southbank Centre Square
Address: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Phone: 020 7960 4200
Date: 29th April 2011
Pricing: Free

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The Leonard Street Royal Wedding Party


The Book Club, EC2A 4RH
Friday 29th April 2011
Shoreditch hot spot The Book Club promises "a cockney knees-up of epic proportions" as
it celebrates the royal wedding with a good old fashioned street party. The Leonard Street
Royal Wedding Party invites everyone - patriots, flag-wavers and fancy-dressers - to join
in the fun on Bank Holiday Friday 29th April. As well as a live outdoor screening of the
wedding there's a vintage fair curated by Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair, live music and
food from local eateries. The old fashioned fun continues with traditional fete activities
like tug o'war, egg & spoon races, and a giant pass the parcel. All this is washed down
with enough booze to keep the party going long after sundown. Tickets available from
The Book Club, Pure Evil and The Griffin.
Venue: The Book Club
Address: 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH
Phone: 020 7684 8618
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: 10.30am-5pm | 6pm-2am
Pricing: £5 after 8pm

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Battersea Royal Wedding Street Party


Battersea High Street
Friday 29th April 2011
Taking place along Battersea High Street, the Battersea Royal Wedding Street Party sees
this south London thoroughfare decked out in bunting for the big occasion.
Attractions include a big screen where you can watch live coverage of Prince William
and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey. BBC Radio London will be broadcasting
from here all day and there will be a live music stage featuring world and dance music.
Special 'Wedding' cocktails are promised (though we're not sure what's in them; tea and
vodka perhaps?), you can also expect street stalls selling a whole range of food fit for a
wedding feast. Family entertainment is laid on in the form of a carousel and face
painting. More surprising are the donkey rides and the chance to see a clairvoyant. Surely
every street party should have one.
Venue: Battersea High Street
Address: Battersea, SW11 3JS
Phone: 07768 551321
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: 10am-5pm | Wedding Screening 11am
Pricing: Free

Mile End Park Royal Wedding Street Party


Mile End Park, E3 5BH
Friday 29th April 2011
Tower Hamlets take on a street party for the Royal Wedding is to put on a party in Mile
End Park. OK, so it's not strictly a street but it will be an al fresco kind of affair
with visitors advised to bring a picnic and share dishes - just like in a real street party.
The family fun and festivities take place on Wennington Green at the north end of the
park on 29th April, starting from around 1pm. Tower Hamlets council is also
encouraging residents to host their own street parties to mark the royal nuptials. Mayor of
Tower Hamlets, Mr Lutfur Rahman, gave proceedings his personal seal of approval
saying, "I want to continue the East End's tradition of street parties and ensure that people
have something to celebrate, even in these tough times."
Venue: Mile End Park
Address: Mile End Road, E3 5BH
Phone: 020 7364 7900
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: From 1pm
Pricing: Free

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Afternoon Tea Wedding Special

Tea and cake has long held royal associations, from Marie Antoinette's famous 'let them
eat cake' quote to the introduction of 'Afternoon Tea' - attributed to Anna, the 7th
Duchess of Bedford. What better way to toast the happy couple than with a freshly
brewed cuppa and something sweet?
Let Them Eat Cake! An Edible History Of Royal Wedding Cakes
Wellington Arch, W1J 7JZ
22nd - 25th April 2011
If you're a fan of free cake (who isn't?) and the royals then you're in luck. Let Them Eat
Cake! An Edible History of Royal Wedding Cakes might not roll off the tongue too
easily but that won't matter once you've delved into a collection of royal wedding cakes
and designs from throughout history. From William the Conqueror to Prince William, a
vast array of royally themed wedding cakes will be on display for guests to enjoy and
also take the opportunity to taste some. The show is sponsored by Tate & Lyle Royal
Icing Sugar and takes place at English Heritage site the triumphal Wellington Arch.
Venue: Wellington Arch
Address: Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7JZ
Phone: 020 7930 2726
Date: 22nd - 25th April 2011
Time: 22-25 Apr, 10am-5pm
Pricing: Free

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Royal Wedding Brunch and Afternoon Tea


The Ritz, W1J 9BR
29th April 2011
Why not celebrate the royal wedding with a quintessentially British afternoon tea? The
Ritz is offering a Royal Wedding Brunch and Afternoon Tea within the surrounds of its
lavish Palm Court, where guests can enjoy pastries, scones, finger sandwiches whilst
watching the big event live on screens around the venue. The Afternoon Tea will also
include a commemorative souvenir menu and an exclusive limited edition chocolate heart
bearing the initials of the royal couple. The Ritz restaurant hosts an extravagant Royal
Wedding Brunch between 10.30am and 3.30pm where themed food stations offer a wide
selection of hot and cold dishes whilst live coverage of the wedding is displayed on
screens throughout the room.
Venue: The Ritz
Address: 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR
Phone: 020 7300 2243
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: Brunch 10.30am-3.30pm; Afternoon Tea 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm,
7.30pm
Pricing: Brunch £150, Tea £50

Royal Wedding Brunch and Afternoon Tea - Information


Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea
Bateaux London, WC2N 6NU
Friday 29th April 2011
It will be a royal affair at Bateaux London when the city's leading restaurant cruise
provider hosts a quintessentially British afternoon tea with a royal twist. Served while
you sail down the Thames past London's most recognisable landmarks, Bateaux London
offers the perfect opportunity to wind down following the wedding excitement. Your
afternoon will be spent discovering the secrets, scandals and stories of the Royal family
as you enjoy a selection of afternoon treats, an assortment of teas and the amazing view
of London's landscape. Guests will be able to watch the wedding procession down
Whitehall before heading down to Embankment Pier where they'll board for their hour
and a half of royal reminiscing and afternoon tea.
Venue: Bateaux London
Address: Embankment Pier, WC2N 6NU
Phone: 020 7695 1800
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: Wed to Sat boarding from 12noon, departs 12.30pm, return 2pm
Pricing: £76 per person

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Sapphire Afternoon Tea


Podium Restaurant & Bar, W1K 1BE
26th April 2011 - 1st May 2011
Podium Restaurant and Bar at the Hilton London Park Lane are putting on a limited
edition Sapphire Afternoon Tea, inspired by Kate Middleton's sapphire engagement ring.
The Tea is a celebration of both the royal wedding and the precious gemstone that
William presented to his soon-to-be wife upon proposing. Tea includes white chocolate
cupcakes with 'bouquet' icing and blueberry jam cupcakes with 'K' and 'W' iced
decorations. And there's more: upon arrival, guests will be treated to a complimentary
'Loveberry' cocktail mixed with fresh raspberries, strawberries, blue curacao, lime and
soda water, served over crushed ice. All before tasty egg & cress and Foreman's smoked
salmon & horseradish sandwiches with warm scones and clotted cream.
Venue: Podium Restaurant & Bar
Address: London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE
Phone: 020 7208 4022
Date: 26th April 2011 - 1st May 2011
Time: 2pm-6pm daily
Pricing: £32 per person

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Tea Royale
Palm Court, W1B 1JA
1st - 30th April 2011
The luxurious Palm Court restaurant at the Langham Hotel is offering a celebratory
afternoon tea in commemoration of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate
Middleton. Joining in with national celebrations in the weeks leading up to the event, the
hotel's Executive Pastry Chef, Cherish Finden, has created a selection of savoury and
pastry treats for Tea Royale, which will be served throughout April. This indulgent
afternoon tea captures the spirit of the Royal Wedding with tempting delights such as
freshly made finger sandwiches including lobster and cucumber with fennel pollen,
Scottish salmon poached in pink Champagne with green peppercorns and Castle of Mey
beef sirloin with horseradish. Also on offer are such royally themed desserts such as
Westminster Abbey chocolate cake, apricot and raspberry Royal Crown, Royal
Champagne jelly and wild lavender and honey scones with Devonshire cream and
strawberry preserve. Tea Royale also includes a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV
to toast the happy couple.
Venue: Palm Court
Address: Langham Hotel, W1B 1JA
Phone: 020 7965 0195
Date: 1st - 30th April 2011
Time: 2pm-7pm
Pricing: £51.50 per person

Not The Royal Wedding


If you prefer to celebrate The Royal Wedding with tongue firmly in cheek you'll find
you're not alone: there are many comedy nights inspired by the impending royal union.
Be under no illusion, this is most definitely NOT the royal wedding.

A Right Raucous Royal Wedding


Upstairs At The Ritzy, SW2 1JG
Friday 29th April 2011
The Brits like to use any excuse for a party and the wedding of the second-in-line to the
throne is a particularly good excuse. Not to mention the fact that the wedding of Prince
William and Kate Middleton has been made a public holiday. To celebrate this
spontaneous gift of a day off, in celebration of the lovely young Royals making their way
down the aisle, Upstairs At The Ritzy will be celebrating in style all day long. Expect
plenty of Pimms, bunting and the ultimately British, Music Hall maestros The Dead
Victorians.
Venue: Upstairs At The Ritzy
Address: Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG
Phone: 0871 704 2065
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: 11am-1am
Pricing: Free

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Lenny Beige's Not The Royal Wedding Show


The 100 Club, W1D 1LL
Saturday 30th April 2011
A mere 24 hours after the dust has settled on the Royal Wedding itself, another glorious
marriage takes place as Lenny Beige takes to the world famous 100 Club stage. 15 years
after his last performance at the legendary venue, Lenny brings his funky four-piece from
Hastings, The Fickle Hand of Fate, for what promises to be a blistering set of funky sold
and easy listening. Joining the comic musical entertainer on stage are David McAlmont
And Guy Davies, Matt Berry, Josh Weller, Barry From Watford (from Radio 2's Steve
Wright show) and Corrina Greyson.
Venue: The 100 Club
Address: 100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
Phone: 020 7636 0933
Date: Sat 30th April 2011
Time: 7.30pm
Pricing: In Adv £13 | On the door £15

Lenny Beige's Not The Royal Wedding Show - Information

The Alternative Royal Reception


Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
Friday 29th April 2011
To celebrate the Royal Wedding in the most alternative fashion, be sure to head down to
Southbank Centre for The Alternative Royal Reception, taking place at the E4
Udderbelly. An evening of the finest comedy and cabaret awaits from the best names in
entertainment and cabaret. What's more, show up dressed in your finest wedding frocks
and you'll be entitled to drinks discounts, meaning you can the party the night away in
fine style. Leave the kids at home for this one though - The Alternative Royal Reception
is only suitable for ages 18 and over.
Venue: Southbank Centre
Address: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Phone: 020 7960 4200
Date: Fri 29th April 2011
Time: 8pm
Pricing: £19.50
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Feeling Sketchy Royal Wedding Special


Etcetera Theatre, NW1 7BU
Thursday 28th April 2011
Expect bunting, flags and commemorative plates at this Royal Wedding themed comedy
show featuring Sara Pascoe, Kieran & The Joes, The Boom Jennies, Tommy Rowson and
MCs Leads & Stern. This monthly sketch show at the Etcetera Theatre has won rave
reviews for its performances and was described by The Times as "marvellous and
ambitious". This month, it's comedy with a royal twist as the comedians pay their unique
tribute to Prince Williams and Kate Middleton's union.
Venue: Etcetera Theatre
Address: 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU
Phone: 020 7482 4857
Date: Thu 28th April 2011
Time: 7.30pm
Pricing: £6.50

Feeling Sketchy Royal Wedding Special - Information

Sutton Comedy Club: NOT The Royal Wedding Show


Secombe Theatre, SM1 2SS
Saturday 30th April 2011
Canadian comedian Phil Nichol headlines NOT The Royal Wedding Show, a comedy
celebration of the royal wedding at Sutton's Secombe Theatre. The Sunday Telegraph
describes Nichol as "riotously funny and filthy" whilst The Independent labelled him
"edgy in a cartoonish way". Nichol is an international touring comedian who won the
Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2007 and has been appearing on radio, films and TV
regularly over the past 10 years. Expect royally themed hilarity from him and his
supporting cast: Jessica Fostekew, Rich Wilson, Bobby Carroll and Pete Kermally.
Venue: Secombe Theatre
Address: Cheam Road, SM1 2SS
Phone: 020 8770 6990
Date: Sat 30th April 2011
Time: 8pm
Pricing: £10, concs £6

Sutton Comedy Club: NOT The Royal Wedding Show - Information


Where to Stay for The Royal Wedding

London will be close to fully booked for the Royal Wedding but don't panic if you
haven't sorted out your accommodation yet, simply go to our London hotels search page
to find somewhere to stay. Or click on our Royal Wedding Hotel Map to find
the nearest hotels to Westminster Abbey.

Camp Royale
Clapham Common, SW4 9DE
28th April 2011 - 1st May 2011
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been at the centre of attention
for much of the nation since its announcement. Thousands of Royal-devotees will
descend upon London for the momentous weekend and in anticipation of such a crowd,
organisers have taken the clever step of setting up a large scale campsite to relieve the
pressure on London's hotels and to provide guests with an excellent Royal Wedding
experience. Clean toilets and hot showers will be available 24/7 alongside giant screens
to watch the wedding on - this really will be a home from home for the duration of the
wedding celebrations and is situated only 25 minutes from Buckingham Palace and
Central London. Clapham Common, one of London's most iconic parks, has superb
transport links and an array of cafes, shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Spaces for this will fill up quickly so be sure to get involved! Book online at
www.camproyale.co.uk.
Venue: Clapham Common
Address: Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
Phone: 020 8673 5398
Date: 28th April 2011 - 1st May 2011
Pricing: £75 per person for 3 nights

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Royal Wedding Pre-Party


Rafayel Hotel, SW11 3RF
Thursday 28th April 2011
Head down to the Rafayel on the Left Bank for an evening of regal splendour and
patriotic pride in celebration of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
The evening starts at 7.30pm on their beautiful riverside garden terrace with majestic
views of the Thames. Upon arrival enjoy a complimentary 'Kate Royale', a specially
designed cocktail, before feasting on complimentary Great British hors d'ouevres, which
will be served all evening. Throughout the night there will be live music with a 'Best of
British' theme for guests to tap their toes to and there might even be a surprise 'royal'
guest to cut the wedding cake. At 10pm, guests leave the garden party and are ushered
into the royal lounge to party the remainder of the night away. Aside from an invitation to
the wedding itself, this is sure to be one of London's hottest royal wedding celebrations.
Book online at http://www.hotelrafayel.com/royal/.
Venue: Rafayel Hotel
Address: 34 Lombard Road, SW11 3RF
Phone: 020 7801 3610
Date: 28th April 2011
Time: 7.30pm-1am (next day)
Pricing: £29.95 per person

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LondonTown.com Hotel Deals


Friday 29th April 2011
Looking for somewhere to stay on the night of the Royal Wedding? Find out which
London hotels have rooms available for Friday 29th April and the whole of the bank
holiday weekend using LondonTown.com's London Hotels search page. Because the
search connects directly to the hotel's own booking system it gives you the best rates
possible and you can find out when rooms which were booked become available again. If
you want to be within walking distance of the wedding procession route you could try
searching for The Royal Horseguards (a suitably royal sounding place to stay) or the Park
Plaza Westminster Bridge. Newly opened, the Corinthia Hotel is conveniently close
to Whitehall and Trafalgar Square - where you can watch the wedding live on the big
screen. Close to the action at Buckingham Palace are Rubens at the Palace and
the Crowne Plaza St James which is offering the best rates when you book for Friday and
Saturday nights - all the excuse you need to make a weekend of it.
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