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Where to watch the royal wedding in London 2018

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Royalist or not, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has probably pulled at your heartstrings, just like the rest of the nation. Join in the excitement and watch the royal wedding 2018 live in London at one of these lovely venues to truly make a day of it. 

There’s no denying it: despite the fact a very small percentage of the country actually knows Meghan Markle or Prince Harry, we’re all, to say the least, emotionally invested in their wedding.

The coming together of our young prince and Markle, who we’ve waxed lyrical about plenty of times before, feels like a reason to celebrate. And this celebration has whipped the people of the UK into a frenzy of excitement, brought the nation together and generally prompted a warm, unifying sense of pride in the country.

Millions will be watching the big day from their TV sets, and thousands will festively line the streets of London. But it’s not just Brits who are keen to get a slice of the action. In fact, holiday bookings website Opodo has reported a spike in flights being booked from all over the world to come to London in time for Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding. 

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Findings show a 33% increase in passenger bookings over that particular weekend in May – alluding to increased tourism because of the royal celebrations.

But whether you live in London or further afield, we’re pleased to tell you that the capital city will be celebrating in style, and any journey that you make will absolutely not be wasted.

Restaurants, bars and venues all over London are showing live footage of the wedding, with many throwing bottomless brunches, special offers and even parties raging into the early hours to celebrate.

Even if the royal family isn’t usually your thing, at the very least it’s an excuse to get together with your friends and enjoy the sense of joviality that will no doubt be sweeping through London and far beyond on 19 May. 

Here are a few ways you can celebrate. 

Three course lunch and sparkling wine at Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows 

Where better to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle than with a view over Buckingham Palace? Well, it looks like dreams really do come true, because the modern French restaurant Galvin at Windows is hosting a special royal lunch at its Hilton Park Lane branch, that guess what, has sweeping views of London, 28 stories up.

Diners will be able to enjoy a special three course wedding lunch created by Head Chef Joo Won. The menu will include starters of quenelle of smoked chicken coronation, pickles and toasted sourdough and marinated Loch Duart salmon, shellfish cake and tartare sauce. Mains will feature rump of spring lamb, braised breast, peas, onion and light rosemary gravy and pan fried cod, aubergine, tomato chutney and olive vinaigrette. Desserts will include ‘triple’ milk chocolate cremeux, Amaretto jelly and chantilly and Victoria sandwich, macerated raspberries and vanilla ice cream. 

Carriages will be from 2pm and the menu will be priced at £50 per person.

Make a reservation here

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A Very British Bottomless Pimm’s Brunch at Greenwood

Greenwood

Greenwood in Victoria will be toasting Prince Harry and Markle with an exclusive bottomless Pimm’s brunch and viewing party. It’ll be a royally good Saturday afternoon, with Pimm’s galore and six large plasma screens displaying the royal wedding throughout the day.

Between 11am and 5pm, you can also tuck into two courses for £35 or three for £40. Choose from American-style dishes including mac ‘n’ cheese balls and shrimp and bacon croquettes, or quintessentially British plates such as Eggs Royale and avocado on toast. Along with brunch you can also fill your boots with free flowing Pimm’s for two hours.

Make a reservation here.

Right Royal Knees Up at Ealing Park Tavern

The colourful garden at Ealing Park Tavern 

Nestled in the heart of leafy West London, Ealing Park Tavern will be teaming up with Pimm’s to host a right royal British Garden Party to celebrate the newlyweds. Complete with a live wedding broadcast on the large outdoor screen, an impressive hog roast and plenty of Pimm’s, the spacious garden is the perfect spot for getting your friends together.

Entry to the party is free, so what better excuse to head to South Ealing for a royal bottom’s up!

Make a reservation here.

Royal Celebrations at Drake & Morgan

The Meghan Sparkles cocktail 

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Drake & Morgan will be showing live coverage of the royal wedding across a number of its bars and restaurants, including The Sipping Room, The Refinery Bankside, The Folly, and The Parlour.

To celebrate the royal nuptials, all Drake & Morgan venues will also be serving a limited-edition ‘Meghan Sparkles’ prosecco cocktail to sip throughout the ceremony.

Make a reservation here.  

The royal wedding at Skylight

Skylight rooftop bar 

On Saturday 19 May, Skylight in Wapping will be holding a rooftop celebration, streaming the highly anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Markle on their open-air screens.

Guests are invited to head to Skylight from noon to enjoy quintessentially British lawn games whilst sipping on specialist cocktails (including The Markle Sparkle and The Ginger Binger) and indulging in street food from Greek trader, Yiro.

With plenty of seating areas, viewers can relax on the upper lounge bar, grab a bench under the pergola or pitch up picnic-style on the grass. Skylight will be serving a delicious seasonal cocktail menu, spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and a selection of royal wedding specials.

See more information here

Royal wedding screening at The South Place Hotel 

The South Place Hotel 

3Bar at The South Place Hotel will be screening the royal wedding throughout Saturday to ensure that diners and guests staying at the hotel don’t miss a minute.

To coordinate with the royal nuptials, the bar will also be serving a special wedding themed cocktail called ‘The Invitation’. The cocktail has been created in partnership with the Cotswold Gin Distillery and will be served, in typical British fashion, with a slice of delectable sounding lemon and elderflower cake for £10. 

Make a reservation here

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Royal brunch party at Aster 

Aster 

Aster will be hosting a royal brunch party on Saturday 19 May, showing the royal wedding on the big screen with bunting and fizz to celebrate. There will also be six exclusive royal cocktails that will be available throughout the week leading up to the wedding, with tipples including the Markle Sparkle, the Botswana Sunrise, the Jolly Ginger, and the Happy Couple.

See more information here

Royal wedding day time festival at ONE Marylebone 

Bourne and Hollingsworth’s summer parties always go down a treat 

The creative team behind Bourne and Hollingsworth are hosting a quintessentially British, day time festival at ONE Marylebone, throughout the whole of Saturday for real royal enthusiasts.

From 12 noon there will be screens streaming live from Windsor, set to the beautiful backdrop of the Grade II listed church, allowing guests to get comfortable, sip on a glass of champagne and watch history be made.

As the day goes on, get involved in the roster of entertainment on offer including bouquet and corsage making, wedding cake decorating and learning how to make the ultimate Bloody Mary. Partake in traditional British games and learn weird and wonderful facts about the Royal Family, then wash it all down with a delicious hog roast and copious amounts of champagne. There will be live big bands, first dance classes and a Have I Got New For You style comedy panel.

The event will run from 12-5pm and tickets are priced at £25.

See more information here. 

Royal wedding evening reception at ONE Marylebone

A previous Bourne and Hollinsgworth event

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Just like most wedding receptions, this post-ceremony event will start as a classy, dignified affair before descending into an evening of riotous mischief.

Begin the night by taking part in a first dance class, sing along to Ed Sheeran and Elton John tribute acts, be in line to catch the bouquet, feast on Markle’s favourite American foods, leave the happy couple a message on the register and make Harry proud by dancing the night away at this re-imagined royal wedding reception.

The event will run from 7pm-2am and tickets are priced at £30. 

See more information here.

Royal wedding party at Bluebird 

Bluebird 

Just like the guests of the royal wedding, Bluebird’s sunny courtyard in Chelsea will be donning its best finery on Saturday 19 May, decked out with bunting and balloons to host those keen to watch Markle and Prince Harry’s nuptials.

The event will be shown on a big screen and royalist revellers will be welcomed with a celebratory glass of champagne before enjoying a summery BBQ brunch outside. The shin-dig doesn’t have to stop once the ceremony is over, though. When the big screens get turned off, it’s over to the DJ for a final toast to the happy couple and an afternoon of themed tunes.

Tickets are priced at £25.

See more information here.  

Royal Drag Brunch at The Book Club

The Book Club 

Pimm’s, prosecco, drag queens, markets and live music. What more do you need to celebrate the Royal Wedding East London style? 

At Shoreditch’s The Book Club you can play wedding bingo with your very own Spice Girl, watch the big event on screens, and browse a book, vintage and flower market pop-up across the venue to shop for gifts for your Prince/Princess/Queen Mother. 

Groove out to British bangers played by Double Bass Dan and his merry gang of East end musicians and order from the Best of British Brunch menu (washing it down with a glass of Pimm’s or prosecco, of course).

The event will run from 10am to 5pm with tickets priced at £5. See more information here

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Royal screening at The Stafford London

The historic, five-star hotel in all its glory 

The Stafford London in St James’ will be screening the wedding of Prince Harry and Markle in The American Bar, The Lounge, and The Game Bird restaurant. They’ll also be offering some delicious-sounding special dishes and cocktails on the day, including Grilled Dover sole with Dubonnet sauce and Boîtes des fraises Reine Elizabeth. 

The five-star hotel’s classic afternoon tea will also be given a celebratory twist, with sandwiches including Jam “pennies” and Coronation chicken, and sweet treats such as Victoria sponge with strawberry jam. Time for tea, we say!

See more information here

Royal cocktails at Conrad London St James

Conrad London St. James

The glamorous Blue Boar Bar at Conrad London St. James will be screening the royal nuptials throughout the day on 19 May for all those lucky enough to be staying at the opulent hotel, and those just coming along for the celebrations. 

Not only will delectable ‘Royal Cocktails’ be available for sippin’ on the day, but the English Groom –nwhich combines tea-infused gin with Pimm’s and lemon – and the American Bride – which is a fruity blend of Bourbon, lime, orange bitters and cherry liqueur – will be part of the menu all week.

See more information here

Royal screening at Rosewood London 

The undeniably beautiful Rosewood Hotel 

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We can’t think of a more beautiful Central London location to don a posh frock and get your royal on, than the iconic Rosewood Hotel. Well-known hang out of the rich and famous, it’s lavish decor and dreamy courtyard have enough wow-factor that you’ll forget all about your royal wedding invite getting ‘lost in the post’.

Fingers crossed it’s a sunny day, as the terrace will be decorated with bunting and big screens will show the ceremony live, leaving you to sit back and relax with a glass of bubbly. 

See more information here.

Royal Wedding Weekend at The Prince 

If you haven’t heard of the unique dining experience that is The Prince, you’re in for a delightful surprise. Just a short walk from West Brompton tube station, a previously unexciting street has been transformed by the team behind The Prince, taking over four old buildings and converted them into restaurants and bars. 

The old Prince of Wales pub has been restored and the gardens outside have been gutted and rebuilt into a beautiful summer English garden - aka the perfect place to watch a royal wedding. 

This hub of fun will really come into its own on the 19 May from 11am, when big screens will show the ceremony, Bloody Marys and brunch specials will be provided by Coq Fighter and Patty & Bun, with an extended opening until 12.30am. 

Make a reservation here

Eat Like Royalty at Pomona’s

Pomona’s

Notting Hill restaurant Pomona’s will be celebrating the wedding of the year with a live broadcast and exquisite set menu by Head Chef Wolfe Conyngham, who is actually from noble lineage himself.

For £30, dine like royalty on house-smoked salmon to start, followed by roast poussin and a quintessentially British eton mess for dessert, all accompanied by a Kingly cocktail to toast the bride and groom.

See more information here. The set menu is available through lunch and dinner, book on 020 7229 1503 or by emailing info@pomonas.co.uk.

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Royal Wedding Bottomless Brunch at Galvin HOP 

Join the team at East London gastro pub, Galvin HOP, for a free-flowing celebration, all in aid of our favourite couple. The cosy establishment will not only be showing the nuptials on the big screen, but offering diners a bottomless brunch option,  including tipples such as prosecco, Bloody Marys or Pilsner Urquell. 

Those who select two courses can chose to go bottomless for just £15, ensuring there’ll be plenty of booze coming their way for the next hour and a half. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can upgrade to Nyetimber or gin and tonics, if they’re more you’re thing, for £30. 

The offer and event will be running from 11am to 2.30pm, see more information here.

Royal extravaganza at Swingers West End  

Swingers West End will be screening Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding on 19 May from 12pm. Guests will be able to play a round of crazy golf and toast to the happy couple with a refreshing cocktail, while witnessing the royal event of the year without worrying about the weather.

The limited edition royal cocktail menu will feature special one off cocktails such as the Make Your Markle, which is a delicious mix of Tanqueray No. Ten with lemon, orange, grapefruit, tea syrup and topped with Perrier Jouet Brut.

There’ll also be a special champagne deal on Perrier Jouet Brut, which will be available for £9 a glass or £49 a bottle - cheers all round! 

Spots getting filled up quick, so book yourself a place on the course here.

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