The best Jubilee street parties in London

The best Jubilee street parties in London

Roll out the bunting – Jubilee fever has hit the country! There are more than twice the number of street parties planned than for the Royal Wedding last year, and we’re even beginning to think commemorative mugs can be cool.

If you’re in the capital to watch the river pageant or the parades – or if you just fancy the idea of a vintage-style tea party and can’t stand your neighbours – here are some of the best Diamond Jubilee street parties happening around London on the bank-holiday weekend.

Piccadilly, W1
The whole of Piccadilly will close on Sunday 3 June for the biggest street party that Westminster has ever seen. The residents involved are world-famous icons – the Royal Academy of Arts, The Ritz, Fortnum & Mason, BAFTA – so partygoers can expect free cultural events, music and art performances, sideshows and food and drink on a truly impressive scale, with tables seating 500 running down the centre.
To book a seat (donations of ?1 are welcome) go to

King’s Road, SW3
Hurrah, hurrrah, there’s a great big free Sloane Tea Party happening in the Royal Borough of London on Sunday 3 June! Sloane Square, Duke of York Square and the King’s Road will be dressed up in red, white and blue and open to all for high tea. Earl Grey and cucumber sandwiches will be served by ‘royal footmen’ at tables for 300 people, with a look-alike Queen receiving members of the public. There’s a dressing-up photo booth (with prizes for the best fancy dress), a military band, and giant screens so you can watch the real HM on her royal procession arind tine.

Leonard Street, EC2
Running right through Shoreditch, Leonard Street is home to some of London’s nightlife institutions, one of which is putting on a village fete on a grand scale on Sunday 3 June. The Book Club’s Diamond Jubilee Street Party will be a great, loud – and free – affair for around 5,000 revellers in 1950s dress or skinny jeans coloured red, white and blue. There will be Jubilee cakes from culinary superstar Lily Vanilli, real ales from local London Fields Brewery, entertainment from Hurly Burly and Underbling & Vow, and music courtesy of the Hackney Colliery Band and Guilty Pleasures DJs, so start practising those Queen standards.
From midday until 2am; it’s free but you need a wristband; click here to order or visit

Wilton Way, E8
For something more neighbourly, Wilton Way in Hackney will be closed off and strung with bunting, and lined with trestle tables full of party food, and it’s open to everyone, not just residents. Run by the Wilton Way Cafe, their street party last year for the Royal Wedding was a roaring success, with hundreds of attendees bringing along plates of food and drink to share, and music that had everyone dancing late into the evening. This year promises to be bigger than ever (find out more here), with a 1950s fancy-dress theme – and it’s still free.

Folgate Street, E1
In Spitalfields, fine East End boozer The Water Poet is promising a good ol’ knees-up on Monday 4 June. Its little cobbled street in the City will be transformed into an old-style street party, along with barrow-boys selling London ales and pies, a red routemaster bus selling vintage souvenirs, and a Pearly King and Queen fancy dress competition. Start sewing those buttons on your best whistle now.
From midday; free. For more details visit

Church Street, N16
Lovely Stoke Newington, the neighbourhood of choice for ageing hipsters and earth mothers, will be putting on a suitably tasteful, locally-sourced jubilee on Sunday 3 June, coinciding with its literary festival. Expect fun and avant-garde games, musicians and performers, tables along Church Street (bring your own picnic and chair) and, outside the Town Hall, a market of home-made goods for sale. Jubilee jam all round.
For more details visit

Camden Stables Market, NW1
Proud Gallery’s Jubilee Jam Festival pulls together afternoon tea, vintage-clothing swaps and live gigs and DJs, all bank-holiday weekend long. Housed in the old Horse Hospital in the market, Proud Camden is putting on this four-day party starting from midday every day, with music acts from blues to burlesque.
For free guestlist places contact

Battersea Park, SW11
The Queen’s DJ of choice, Sir Norman Jay, is promising more good times at the Official Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park, overlooking the Thames and the river pageant, which sets sail from Battersea Bridge around 2pm. ‘It’s going to be a right royal knees-up,’ says Jay. ‘I’ll be playing tunes all day from on top of another London icon: the big red bus.’
The festival is curated by Wayne Hemingway and artist Clare Patey, and will include big live music acts, a 1952 bandstand with tea dances and dance classes, vintage dressing-up, an outdoor cinema and a village green where Britain’s quirkier traditions will be played out. For the hardcore, Norman Jay will be taking the after-party to Clapham in the evening.
For festival tickets click here; for after-party tickets click here

Bethnal Green Road, E1
Off Shoreditch High Street, there will be dancing in the streets to The Coster Kings band of Pearly Kings, who are playing at AmnesTea. Amnesty International and hip hangout Albion Cafe are clubbing together in a charity cake sale and Cockney celebrations at Boxpark pop-up mall, on Saturday 2 June, 12-4pm.
For details visit

South Bank, SE1
The South Bank is like a street party all year round, strung with flags and lively with sculptures and open-air food stands, performers and musicians. It’s the place to be to watch the Royal Barge in the 1,000-strong flotilla, 2pm-6pm on Sunday 3 June; but be prepared to get there very early if you want a riverside spot. However, there is a VIP option for the best views of the Thames without the crowds: Sugar Quay Jetty next to Tower Bridge will be reserved for those with tickets, with grandstand seating for guaranteed views, a Champagne bar, food, and a string quartet.
Tickets cost ?180; to book visit

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