Royal wedding imperial delights light up the East End on April 29

Tomorrow’s royal knees-up is being given an East End twist and there is no shortage of events to get you in the spirit.

Tomorrow’s royal knees-up is being given an East End twist and there is no shortage of events to get you in the spirit.

Pubs across Hackney and Tower Hamlets are putting on music, food and entertainment, with big screens for the ceremony itself if it’s Middleton’s frock or the state of HRH’s hairline you’re interested in.

The Water Poet is hooking up with the East End film festival for a day of heritage-inspired entertainment.

Highlights should include the Royal Portrait Gallery: The Good, The Bad and The Plummy – a tongue-in-cheek look, point, and laugh at the history of royal weddings.


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The Book Club is also going for cheeky with its Leonard Street party.

Punters are encouraged to come in fancy dress and there will be tribute acts, food and bunting galore.

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While those bishop-types at Westminster Abbey do what they need to do, the East End’s very own men of God will be putting on their own show.

Father Brian Ralph of St Barnabas and Father Alan Green of St John are fronting a DJ set at the Florist pub tonight (Thursday April 28).

Expect a lot of Sex Pistols and the Clash.

Meanwhile, Dalston’s very own royal knees up returns this weekend, featuring some of east London’s coolest bands and DJ’s in popular hotspots around Kingsland Road.

Romy Madley Croft, of Mercury Award winning duo The XX, will among those getting the dancefloors swaying alongside international special guests 2ManyDJs as part of the two-day Land of Kings festival.

Live shows will come from the likes of Brass Roots, Ghostpoet and Django Django at Dalston nightspots including the Rio cinema, Arcola Theatre and The Nest nightclub.

And Stoke Newington International Airport will present a wedding-inspired cabaret – including, yes, a Kate Middleton striptease - and a post-war bunker will become “Prince William Hill”.

Elsewhere, revellers can indulge at their very own royal wedding reception, complete with tipsy vicar and croquet games, on the roof of the Queen of Hoxton in Curtain Road.

The daytime celebrations will be followed by a karaoke night with a difference – with a live band accompanying the wannabe wailers.

Lastly, if you’re at home and want a royal reminder, pick up some kitsch memorabilia at Maiden on Shoreditch High Street.

East End Prints have offered up some special designs and anyone lucky enough will have caught ‘the Queen’ and ‘Lady Di’ roaming the streets to remind everyone of the imperial occasion.

In case you missed it, we’ve got our hands on a couple of snaps of them getting in the celebratory spirit.

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