In the third of our series on how to celebrate the Queen’s 90th, we head to Southwark – home to our Ossory Road store. As the Borough that includes London’s Southbank, you can expect plenty of Royal focus and community celebration.
Like Wandsworth, Southwark Council are actively encouraging free street parties – so if you fancy getting the neighbours together, bringing out the trestles and stringing up the bunting – read our mini-guide to holding a street party. Read on for our look at some of the most excellent plus the all important contacts at Southwark council for closing your road and celebrating Southwark Stylee.
If you’re up for organising a street party in Southwark, then the Borough Council’s website has everything you need to know to organise one. If you’re up for some other kind of celebration, here are some other events you might consider:
May 12th to 15th
We covered the Royal Pageant – The Queen’s Life – an equestrian extravaganza being held as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show – in our Ca’amden blog. You can catch it, hosted by Ant & Dec, live on ITV on 15th May – maybe it will be on in the local and you can make a right Royal night of it. The Queen will be in attendance, at the event, not your local.
June 11th – Trooping the Colour & Fly Past
June 11th marks the Queen’s official Birthday, with Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade. This year the event will be followed by a fly-past and balcony appearance at/over Buckingham Palace at 1pm. If you don’t want to venture north of the River and join the crowds in the Mall for that, you should be able to at least see the aircraft on their approach from the South Bank.
June 12th – Patron’s Lunch – Picnic & Pictures in London’s Parks
June 12th sees the biggest public event of the birthday celebrations, the Patron’s Lunch. It’s a giant street party on the Royal Mall, and 10,000 are expected to attend. The public Ballot for tickets ended on 31st March, but you can still b close to the action – and more importantly the atmosphere. Green Park and St. James’ Park will have bog screens, relaying the action from the Mall. You’ll have to cross the bridge and head North of the River, but a picnic in the park with thousands of other Londoners is certain to be great way to get involved in the celebrations.
If you want a flavour of what all the fuss will be about – the International Business Times have a rather lovely photo gallery, charting The Queen’s life over the past 90 years.