You may not have managed to bag an invite to the royal wedding, but you can still join in the celebrations on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, as a number of luxurious bars, restaurants and hotels are hosting special events to honour the occasion on 19 May. Here are a few of our favourites…
The Royal Wedding Party at One Marylebone:
The Grade I listed church One Marylebone is a lavish alternative to Windsor Castle on the royal wedding day, and is set to be an official recreation of the couple's big day, split into two parts - the Day Event and the Evening Party. During the day, guests will watch the ceremony live streamed from Windsor, take part in traditional British games and try their hand at wedding cake decorating, while Evening Party guests will enter the venue's Grand Hall for a reception to rival Harry and Meghan's. Think Elton John and Ed Sheeran tribute acts, a feast of Meghan's favourite American foods and then a party into the early hours. Guests are expected to dress accordingly; so dig out your best dresses and suits for the occasion!
The daytime event runs from 11am-5pm and tickets cost £25. The Evening Reception takes place from 7pm and 2am, with tickets costing £30. Book yours at the-royal-wedding-party.designmynight.com.
Pre-wedding celebrations at Devonshire Terrace by Drake & Morgan:
Start the celebrations early at Devonshire Terrace by Drake & Morgan on Friday 18 May. The bar is hosting an unofficial royal hen do from 6-8pm complete with glitter face painting, glass slipper smashing and Meghan Sparkles cocktails – a regal drink mixed with Ketel One Vodka, elderflower, vanilla, violet liqueur and fresh blackberries, topped up with prosecco.
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Bōkan, Canary Wharf, London:
Head to Canary Wharf to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day with the ultimate royal soirée at Bōkan restaurant, bar and terrace. This venue will be screening the ceremony throughout its venue on floors 38 and 39, while simultaneously offering incredible 360⁰ views across the London skyline. Royal wedding-inspired food and drink will be available in honour of Prince Harry and Meghan's nuptials, including a limited-edition transatlantic lunch picnic basket, and a special cocktail – Meghan's Sparkle – which is inspired by the flavours of the couple's lemon and elderflower wedding cake. The perfect way to toast as the couple say 'I do'. The rooftop terrace operates on a walk-in basis only, but reservations can be taken for Bōkan 38 Bar subject to availability. Entry is subject to capacity.
Royal afternoon tea at Fairmont St Andrews:
The luxury hotel, Fairmont St Andrews, is promising a celebration to remember with a live screening of the royal wedding in the Atrium Lounge along with a royal afternoon tea. Guests at the lounge will be able to take away a slice of lemon and elderflower cake in a branded box as a memento of the special day, and to get a taste of what Prince Harry, Meghan and their guests are tucking in to at Windsor Castle.
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A royal brunch at The Waterway:
Kickstart the royal wedding day with an Anglo-American brunch at The Waterway in homage of Prince Harry and Meghan's backgrounds. Some of the specials on offer include the Meghan Royale, a waffle topped with half a lobster, poached duck egg and saffron hollandaise, and Harry's Hotcakes, fluffy American-style pancakes topped with English strawberries and maple cream. Tuck in whilst watching all the action unfold from the restaurant's live royal wedding broadcast. Available from 10am-1pm on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May. Visit thewaterway.co.uk for more details.
Royal wedding brunch party at Bluebird:
Bluebird Chelsea will also be hosting a celebratory brunch on 19 May. The courtyard will be transformed with bunting, balloons and a big screen to show the ceremony, and you'll be able to sip on a glass of champagne and tuck into a BBQ brunch while you watch. The fun continues late into the night with a DJ performing love-themed songs and mixologists creating Royal Garden cocktails inspired by the newlyweds. Tickets cost £25, see more at bluebird-restaurant.co.uk.
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Royal Wedding and FA Cup Street Party:
It's not only the royal wedding that is being held on 19 May, but also the FA Cup final! Celebrate both at Dreamland Margate, who will be screening each event live at its special 'street party' hosted within the food court area, which will be transformed with an inflatable church, party benches and bunting. The screenings will be free with park entry, and the park is also offering a free unlimited rides wristband to anyone named Harry, Meghan, or wearing a wedding dress. Entry to Dreamland starts from £5. Plan your visit at dreamland.co.uk.
Bottomless Pimm's Brunch at Greenwood:
Raise a glass (or three) to Prince Harry and Meghan at this very British bottomless brunch and viewing party. The ceremony will be displayed across 16 large plasma screens, while guests enjoy free-flowing Pimm's and tuck into their choice of American or British-style Brunch dishes. Available from 11am-5pm for two hours on Saturday 19 May. Priced at £35 for two courses or £40 for three. Find out more at Greenwoodlondon.com.