Hang out the flags, dust off your silly Union Jack hat and prepare for the biggest event of 2011. The Royal Wedding is going to be HUGE, with street parties across the UK, special events at royal attractions and a carnival atmosphere setting Britain’s pubs and clubs jumping. Join in this nationwide festival with our top 10 places to watch the Royal Wedding.
Free live Screenings, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park, London, England
Take your pick from two iconic London locations then settle in to watch history in the making on the big screen. Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square will be open from 7am so get there early to bag a good spot. If you’re in Hyde Park don’t forget to go for a festive spin on the Hyde Park Celebration Wheel.
The wedding route, London, England
If you want to actually see the couple on the special day you’ll need to pick a spot along the wedding route. As 1.5 million spectators are expected to start flooding the pavements at dawn, the best advice is to get there early and stick to your spot. Insiders recommend standing on the wider pavements of the mall or taking up a position on the steps under the Duke of York’s statue in Carlton House Terrace. To see the full route check the Royal Parks website.
Chelsea Physic Garden, London, England
Chelsea Physic Garden is hidden away in the heart of the capital behind high walls next to the River Thames. A verdant paradise at the sprawling urban centre of London, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy wedding-themed food and drink and see the wedding on big screens outside.
Camp Royale, Clapham Common, London, England
Looking to stay in London on a budget during the wedding weekend? Why not pitch your tent at Camp Royale on Clapham Common in South London? A three-night camping pass costs just £75 which includes access to big screens, a royal-themed party, hot showers and, it is rumoured, free cups of tea!
Local pubs, UK-wide
What could be more celebratory than a pint down the pub? And with landlords being given special permission to stay open until 1am across the weekend, parties in pubs are going to be big. To find some of Britain’s best pubs check out the Good Pub Guide. And if you really want to get into the spirit, why not choose a pub with a royal name? Check local listings for full details.
Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, England
Where better to watch the wedding than amid the atmospheric medieval ruins of Tutbury Castle? As well as the main event broadcast on big screens there’s plenty of regal entertainment including knights, jesters, a champagne bar and an appearance from Henry VIII. Stick around for the fireworks display that will round of the day in thunderous style.
Royal household officials have announced that the wedding will be streamed live on an official YouTube channel so wherever you are in the world you can enjoy the event, live as it happens. So whether you take your laptop or smartphone somewhere quiet to beat the crowds or have a party in the park around your ipad, you won’t miss a thing.
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England
The home of English cricket is hosting a whole day of celebrations with live cricket and a special street-style party. Watch Middlesex take on Surrey as the wedding is beamed around the ground and enjoy wedding-style refreshments at the famous Lord’s Tavern. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £7.50 for over 65s and kids are free.
Leonard Street Party, East London, England
The Book Club is hosting alternative celebrations along Leonard Street near Old Street underground station. It’ll be a proper East End knees up with fancy dress, cocktails, bunting and flags; bands, balloons, party games and a barbeque. The wedding will be broadcast on big screens with accompanying music, party poppers and flag waving. There’ll also be an affordable vintage fashion fair, swing dancing and DJs playing late into the night. Entrance is free with wristbands from The Book Club, Pure Evil and The Griffin.
Royal Wedding hotel offers, London, England
Celebrate the wedding in style and stay in one of London’s luxurious hotels. Visit London have teamed up with hotels in glamorous Knightsbridge, upmarket Kensington and near to Hyde Park to offer accommodation that’s closest to the action. The Knightsbridge and Kensington packages include two nights’ stay, breakfast and a free trip on the London Eye. For the ultimate in royal luxury, enjoy a Royal Wedding Brunch while watching the events unfold onscreen at the Ritz Hotel.