The week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is finally (almost) upon us and the schedule is packed with events, parties and plenty of British-themed debauchery. There is a lot going on, and so we’ve weeded through the list to pick Hg2‘s top Jubilee weekend events in London. Make us proud, hedonists.
Oh, and don’t forget to enter Hg2’s own bitchin’ (no pun intended) Diamond Jubilee competition for a chance at £3000 in prizes from some of our very coolest British friends.
God Save the Clam
Punk rock clam bake? Yes please. God Save the Clam is a new pop-up restaurant from the folks behind Pitt Cue Co. and Rock Lobsta. The clam bake (a New England specialty) is set on a rooftop in hipper-than-thou London Fields and features a ‘Banshee Bar’ and plenty of great DJs. This is exactly the type of perfectly irreverent event you want to be at this weekend. Sure, even the Queen herself would probably prefer to be.
Brown’s Hotel’s Diamond Pedicure
Our friends at Brown’s Hotel (who’ve graciously offered a really great prize as part of our Diamond Jubilee competition – there’s still time to enter!) have put together some pretty cool happenings in celebration of the Jubilee, including a sweet 2-night hotel package and several queenly cocktails in their Donovan Bar, but what we’re really intrigued by is the Diamond Pedicure they’re offering in the Brown’s Hotel Spa. Reclining on a heated bed and sipping a ‘Best of British’ cocktail (Chase William gin, Chase rhubarb liqueur, cranberry juice and Ruinart Brut Champagne), toes will be treated to a special exfoliation, soak, massage and fragrant foot wrap before being painted in a springtime colour.
Kensington Roof Gardens’ Party
Kensington Roof Gardens has a whole weekend of hedonistic wonder planned over the Jubilee weekend, from evening BBQs on Friday and Saturday (free Jubilee-themed cocktails on arrival!) to the oversized Big Jubilee Lunch in Babylon Restaurant on Sunday. If you haven’t quite partied yourself out, Monday and Tuesday the Roof Gardens are hosting a rooftop party starting at 2pm and going ’til late.
Archer Street’s Jubilee Cocktail
On Monday the 4th, bar and lounge Archer Street will host a traditional Soho street party with special tables themed around famous royals as well as a Jubilee tea-cocktail made from various ladylike liqueurs mixed with Earl Gray tea and served in a vintage teapot.
Gordon Ramsay Jubilee Party at York and Albany
In honour of the year the Queen took the throne, Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany restaurant in Camden has put together a 1952-themed Jubilee party, complete with a summer BBQ and a glamorous ’50s party the evening of the 2nd, complete with swinging music and retro fancy dress.
Gelupo’s Coronation Chicken Ice Cream
Italian gelato emporium Gelupo in Soho has concocted perhaps the oddest Diamond Jubilee offering out there: a coronation chicken-flavoured ice cream. Served in a tub or as a toasted brioche sandwich, the ice cream is made from intensely flavoured chicken jus, seasoned with a bit of curry (really?) and marsala soaked sultanas. Someone please go and report back.